usafret From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1660 times:
A few days ago I returned to my home base airport, STL, on AA and noticed a few US Airways jets at "C" Concourse. At first I thought they were Hurricane Sandy diverts, but then I saw the US Airways logo on the jetway bridges. Interesting, US Airways moved from Concourse "A" where Delta and United are located and moved to the fairly empty "C" with a few AA gates. I wonder if Delta asked for more gate space on "A" or somehow US Airways sees this often talked about merger on the horizon and moved next to the AA gates? Also, our permanent Admiral's Club has been closed for 18 months now, due to the April 2011 tornado and they are saying it will open Summer 2013. I wonder if US Airways will share in the club facilities and perhaps we'll have a pretty nice club. Frontier also has one gate on C as well as does the EAS "Cape Air." Thankfully I'm AA Ex Plat and Pre Check as the TSA lines on "C" are suddenly pretty busy. But it's nice to see more excitement on a fairly empty concourse.
777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
It has nothing to do with any potential merger, they were talking about doing this before the tornado hit. IIRC, it would have happened much sooner, however US wanted Lambert to pay for the move, and Lambert wanted US to cover their own costs. A is probably overutilized, C is obviously drastically underutilized - it makes sense to get one or more airlines out of A, so that the others can expand. As the OP points out, US and AA aren't the only airline on C concourse anyway.
ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
How many gates does AA now use? I was last in STL in 2009, a little before AA officially closed the STL hub. It seemed that AA and Eagle were using around 12 or 14 gates, mainline on the even side and Eagle on the odd side.
DeltaDC8 From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1669 times:
Is there a point in which STL would close Concourse A and just relocate all the carries to Concourse C and even possibly D? It seems like Concourse C could easily fit all the flights that are offered by the airlines in Concourse A.
BHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1356 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1662 times:
Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 9): I don't think B will ever be reopened - I could actually see it bulldozed in the near future.
I can't see either B or any part of D being razed in the near future, unless Ms. H-N comes up with some cash from somewhere. I'm sure their operating budget is still tight, cheaper just to keep them intact for the time being.
countrymalenc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1662 times:
Several years back there was a plan in STL to build a TSA screening area adjacent to the B , however not sure how far those plans went. The entire bag belt system in the main terminal is very OLD. TSA still have CTX machines in the terminal and after you check a bag you have to take it to TSA. Then it is shuffled to the bag belt which used to be contracted to Huntleigh not sure who has it now. However over in Terminal 2 TSA is remodeling to move up to 4 CTX machines lower lever out of the passenger sight , once this is complete and you check a bag at SWA it will move to TSA for inspection and then move out to be taken to the aircraft. As for SWA expanding it keeps getting rumors but I dont think it will happen anytime soon. Gate E24 was just installed and E29 is used for overflow since E14 is down for the TSA construction. After the first of the year SWA/FL ,( SWA does ground and customer service for FL at this time there are no longer any Airtran employees in STL they were all converted to SWA employees effective Sept 24), will go to 99 flights perday which is one short of being mega station status for STL.
On a Lambert related note, are the plans still in place to remove the rental car counters and the bunker tunnel to the parking garage so the arrivals road can be flattened? This was also to allow a glass facade along the baggage claim area to the arrivals road, allowing for more light into that area.