timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7009 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14013 times:
You remember circa 1940 the airlines built that terminal on the SW corner of Park and 42nd, then in the 1950s? they added the West Side Termianl near the Lincoln Tunnel (closed 1972) and the East Side near the Queens-Midtown. No idea how many other cities had them-- San Francisco's was on the SE corner of O'Farrell and Taylor I think.
Did your ticket include the ride from the downtown terminal to the airport? You checked baggage downtown? How did you know how far ahead of scheduled departure you had to show up there? Don't recall any mention of that in timetables.
rwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13996 times:
Quoting timz (Thread starter): Did your ticket include the ride from the downtown terminal to the airport?
AFAIK, it was just a ticketing center for a bunch of airlines. There was a private bus company that served the various airports. I don't think your ticket included that ride or if the luggage was tagged prior to the bus leaving the ticketing center. That was probably done at the airport. I don't know for a fact, though.
Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27377 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13945 times:
Reminds me when BOAC, BEA, Pan Am and TWA had their own terminals in London, where you could check-in and be transported by bus to LHR (and to the city terminal on arrival). I'm pretty sure you could also check your baggage there but I forget whether you had to pay a separate fare for the bus. I used the BEA and Pan Am buses to/from LHR a few times in the 1970s.
nomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13848 times:
I used the TWA bus several times to/from LHR to their city terminal at Shepard's Bush, near the Kensington Hilton. I believe it was 5 pounds or $10.00us each way.
The mid-town airlines terminal in Manhattan did tag the luggage when you checked in. You could pick your seat as well (at least in later years) It was the old system of taking a seat tab from a wall chart and attaching it to your ticket envelope. The clerk in Manhattan would then call the airport counter indicating what seats had been assigned. People checking in downtown would usually do so well before the flight was open for check-in at the airport so it was not a frequent occurance to have the same seat given out at both locations.
Carey Limo operated the bus transportation to LaGuardia, Newark and later Idlewild airports.
Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 1): AFAIK, it was just a ticketing center for a bunch of airlines. There was a private bus company that served the various airports. I don't think your ticket included that ride or if the luggage was tagged prior to the bus leaving the ticketing center. That was probably done at the airport. I don't know for a fact, though.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13809 times:
Quoting timz (Thread starter): San Francisco's was on the SE corner of O'Farrell and Taylor I think.
The original one in SF was at the corner of Ellis and Mason, which was torn down in the 70s to make room for the Hilton tower expansion, replaced by the one at Ellis and Taylor. You could check your bags at the terminal, then buy a ticket to SFO on the 'SFO Airporter' bus, which ran frequently. It was very cheap, like $1.50 each way back in the day.
From outlying areas, there was the helicopter service on SFO Helicopter.
e38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 401 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12529 times:
I don't have any first-hand experience of the downtown New York airline terminals, other than a story my Dad told me when I was a kid.
Around 1967 he had some business in New York and flew from Dallas (DAL) to New York (JFK) on Braniff International Airways (BN)--727-100 going up; 707 on the return. When he arrived in New York, he took a cab downtown, but for the return, he decided to check-in at the East Side Airlines Terminal.
The East Side Airlines Terminal must have been fairly large and was probably used by most, if not all, of the airlines serving the three New York area airports because I remember he told me the Braniff ticket counter was on the second level (mezzanine) of the building.
He DID check his suitcase to Love Field at the ESAT, then boarded a Carey bus to the airport, although he did not mention if there was a charge for the bus or not.
He also told me that in order for the luggage to arrive at the airport in time for the flight, there was a check-in requirement of something like 4 hours prior to the flight. That information may have been printed in the "general information" section of the timetable.
He actually enjoyed the whole experience of traveling by plane.
CODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2548 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12534 times:
At HKG, most airlines have desks for the MTR Airport Express at the Hong Kong (Island) and Kowloon stations. On my last trip through a few months ago, UA still staffed their desk in Kowloon with an employee, not contract agent. This was extremely helpful in resolving an IRROPS issue, before I even got to the airport, that arose due to foul weather in EWR snarling outbound flights.
Anyway, the Manhattan airline terminals were large public buildings, along the lines of a Port Authority Bus Terminal, and were operated by the MTA. They contained small parking garages, airline ticket offices, coffee shops, waiting rooms and bus lanes for transfers to the area airports. Most of the properties were sold in the 70s and 80s to raise much-needed cash.
A few cool pictures of the East Side Airlines Terminal:
In some ways yes, but in 2013 how many people would be willing to give up a Town Car service to go through a downtown terminal to check in, and then ride the bus to the airport? The latter has no air of eliteness or privacy to it at all.
viscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11163 times:
There was also a downtown terminal at Victoria Railway Station, serving Gatwick, for many years. Originally operated by BUA, later BCal and even BA for a while after the merger. Passengers checked in themselves and their luggage and then went straight down to the station platform to board a train right into Gatwick's own station. BOAC's terminal was almost next door to Victoria Station, but they used coaches to Heathrow. BEA used several sites and eventually centred Central London operations at the West London Air terminal on the Cromwell Road. Several European and UK airlines used BEA's facilities there.
Many UK airline timetables included town terminal check-in times and there was usually a small charge for the bus or, from Victoria, train, to the airport. Although baggage was usually checked all the way through, in early years an outbound customs check used to require passengers to identify their baggage and get customs clearance with it before proceeding to the departure lounge.
British Eagle also operated their own terminal in Kensington and for my first ever flight, as late as 1972, I well remember checking in for a Monarch flight at the North London Air Terminal near Euston (?) and being coached out to Luton.
sierra3tango From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2013, 480 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10923 times:
Quoting viscount630 (Reply 13): Many UK airline timetables included town terminal check-in times and there was usually a small charge for the bus or, from Victoria, train, to the airport. Although baggage was usually checked all the way through, in early years an outbound customs check used to require passengers to identify their baggage and get customs clearance with it before proceeding to the departure lounge.
Don't think you had to pay for either the BEA or BOAC buses (might have been in the ticket price), but the LGW train was a train ticket at full fare, but you could check in your baggage at Victoria
BEA started out with a separate double decker (+baggage trailer) from Cromwell Road for each flight outbound, which was a bit of joke as the bus could carry more PAX than a Viscount! From memory the baggage trailer was disconnected near the terminal and then the PAX were offloaded at the terminal to find their way to the gate. Subsequently they gave up that theory and just had a regular bus (every 10 or 15 mins?) to LHR, at that point my memory fails me as to whether you could check in at the terminal or the airport.
The worst one was BIA to the channel islands called 'railair?' which involved a train from Waterloo (included in ticket price) to SOU and hauling your baggage by hand from the station to terminal (more like a nissen hut in those days).
dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1539 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9568 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2): I forget whether you had to pay a separate fare for the bus
You paid directly for the BEA bus to the West London Air Terminal from LHR T1, indeed you did not have to be a BA passenger to use it. The baggage went into a trailer towed behind the bus. If I recall correctly it was then an awkward walk to the tube station up and down steps to continue your journey. Of course in those days, there was no direct underground connection to Heathrow at all, for many years the line ended at Hounslow West.
The entirely separate BOAC bus went to the former Imperial Airways Building in Victoria, just across from the Victoria Coach Station and it continued for many years after the merger of BEA and BOAC. This building is now the National Audit Office. Never used that one.
A bus in Aer Lingus colours, operated by the national transport company CIE, linked Dublin Airport to downtown Dublin for many years, initially departing from near the Aer Lingus head office, at that time in O'Connell St and later on from the (provincial) bus station in Dublin. The bus service remains but is no longer Aer Lingus branded.
eljonno From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8492 times:
Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 19): BA have a terminal at Victoria rail station for use when flying from Gatwick. You can check in and hop on a train. They take your cases. You have to pay for the rail ticket yourself though.
I do remember this, but it has been closed for many many years now.
Are there any trip reports that explain how it all worked in a bit more detail? Maybe some photos even? Would love to see them...
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8400 times:
Quoting eljonno (Reply 22): Are there any trip reports that explain how it all worked in a bit more detail?
It's been eons since I was through Gatwick, but the last time I was in the 90s, I used the AA check-in facility there. It all went like clockwork. There's some info out there using Google on both the BA and AA services at Victoria.
AA had the same 2-hour check-in time for both the airport and Victoria Station, so it saved considerable time.
777law From Monaco, joined Jul 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8401 times:
I don't think the airline bus service is dead yet -
When I lived in Seoul (2005 - 2007) KE had a bus that would pick you up at various hotels and train stations around the city and take you out to ICN. I think it cost something like KRW15,000 - 20,000 (US $15-$20). It was actually quite convenient and quite a good product. I don't know if the KE bus is still running - but it was operating for some time after ICN opened.
UA- Premier Platinum, AF / KL - Flying Blue Petroleum, BA Executive Club Silver
: VIE has something similar to this: http://www.cityairporttrain.com/Services/City-Check-In.aspx We used it while visiting as tourists and found it to b
: Wasn't there something similar at Paddington Station [London] when the Heathrow express train service opened. I think you checked in and left your lug
: I know there is a check in machine where you can print your boarding passes, but only for certain airlines, at least now anyways.
: This is the Corinthian, the very expensive apartment building on the site of Manhattan's East Side Airlines Terminal:
: In Southern California back in the 1960s and continuing into the 90s, the Disneyland hotel in Anaheim had a large number of airline ticket counters lo
: While this is a bit before my time.....I hear that Chicago had a similar set up somewhere in the Loop. From what I understand (from old timer employee
: The image you posted didn't work, but here's a link: http://thecorinthian.cityrealty.com/
: One of the BEA buses with trailer. It's from the following 2006 thread. BEA West London Air Terminal (by HS748 Jun 11 2006 in Civil Aviation)