SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 4721 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
Hmmm..... Hasn't a pretty light schedule of mostly RJ flights to Mexico over the last several years pretty much been it for international service at TUS? And when was this new intl terminal planned and started? Sounds like a big pile of (very expensive) wishful thinking to me!
(And welcome to A.net, '1852!) Enjoy that beautiful new, uh, storage area at the airport.)
Oh my. You're so right; thanks for the link. Kind of pitiful; it was a gamble by TIA that just might not work out real well. (Lord knows, I sure wouldn't count on AM to bail the airport decision-makers out of this embarrassment... In fact, that would be the very last carrier I would count on to provide intl flights to any airport in the US!)
The timing is truly amazing; it couldn't have been planned to be any more horrible.
All I can say is maybe they didn't spend a whole lot of money on this project. I wouldn't expect the facilities were too large.
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1774 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1343 times:
Quoting SANFan (Reply 5): All I can say is maybe they didn't spend a whole lot of money on this project. I wouldn't expect the facilities were too large.
I don't think they are. I think (don't quote me on this) it's located at the west end of the A gates. I don't know where, but that's what I've heard.
The airport facilities are nice now, but all too often last year I arrived on night flights to the construction people banging around in the ceiling, bathrooms were closed etc. Myself and about 100 other people were locked in the terminal one night after our flight landed at midnight. For six months the carpet was gone at the TSA checkpoint. They stripped out all the good food and replaced the El Charro Mexican restaurants (on both concourses, and upstairs) with garbage chain food that charge absurd prices. I walked off my jetBlue flight last year and I saw the exact same restaurants that I saw five hours earlier at JFK. El Charro was a real unique place. The "Cheeburger Cheeburger" is not. They spent a lot of capital on improving the terminals and I think this is the final piece of the improvement.
It's a nice airport and the WN agents, many of whom I know well, are friendly and most of all, incredibly efficient. I just think the airport directors are trying to be PHX. I, for one, hope they never turn into PHX. I enjoy being able to go from car to terminal to plane in <10 minutes.
TUSAA From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 172 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
Quoting Chrisair (Reply 6): don't think they are. I think (don't quote me on this) it's located at the west end of the A gates. I don't know where, but that's what I've heard.
The new customs area is located underneath gates A1-A2. Aerolitoral's last light was last week, however they are flying a onetime flight this saturday.
Yes, the food options at TUS do suck, and I doubt they will improve anytime soon. Most of your top name eateries and fast food outlets want a revenue guarantee before they will even consider a smaller airport such TIA, and there simply isn't enough volume to attract anything decent.