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New BMI (Central Illinois Regional) - Very Cool!  
User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

The new Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal at Bloomington-Normal has opened and it is fantastic! I flew threw there a couple of weeks ago and will be flying from there again on Saturday. It has 9 boarding gates, 3 jet bridges, free parking, several retail spaces, and service to 5 major hubs with 50 daily flights: St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Evidently it's one of the fastest growing airports in the country. It's definitely going to pull passengers from the entire Central Illinois region, probably at the expense of PIA, SPI, DEC and CMI, but I think it's worth it. It reminds me of a couple of other really nice regional airports with superb jet service: MBS (Saginaw/Bay City) and FNT (Flint) Michigan. It's nice to fly out of smaller airports with great air service, and nice to see that smaller airports such as BMI are growing and being supported by their communities.






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User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 4467 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

TWFirst, did you upload those pix to the site? Those are good enough quality that Johan might take them. Just straighten out the horizon on a couple of them, and work with the brightness/ contrast a little, as well as the sharpen feature. Airliners.net can always use more good airport interior/ overview shots.

Good to see a smaller airport that's got some decent service.

Jim
airport interior/ overview shot aficionado


User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

I also just used the new terminal at BMI. The gate I boarded my NW Airlink (Express 1) CRJ was in that last shot and on the right. gate 4. It looked like it was going to be an outside walk, but it was actually a jetway. The upper level gates supprt the large DC9s that AirTran flies and I think American Eagle uses the upper level gates. NW Airlink needs the smaller jetway to operate for the Saab as well as the CRJ.

User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Sweet pics! I love interior shots!

Cabin views/ airport interior/overview pics are my favorites! Big grin

  • SFO

  • User currently offlineAztec01 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 144 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

    Wow! I had heard they were redoing BMI, but I never imagined it wold look so nice. Last time I was there they had only just started a single B737 to MCO. Everything else was t-props. I got a friend out there...hmmmmmm, maybe I should go visit sometime.

    User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

    Those pics are from the website, www.cira.org or www.cira.com

    Mike LaPier knows how to get what he wants!!

    I still like the layout of CMI!! ;P Can't wait to see what Bob O'Brien does to SPI in terms of a remodel (like decorating those HUGE massive amounts of dirt around the terminal)...

    -nate


    User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6179 posts, RR: 11
    Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

    It looks like a nice cozy little airport. ATA Connection ( Chicago Express) should consider starting flying out of there.
    Chepos



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    User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

    Great idea Chepos. AA Eagle and United Express already fly to ORD, but I bet service to MDW with connections to all the low-fare flights out of there would be really popular. I bet NW Airlink to Memphis and Continental Express to Cleveland might be future possibilities as well. Frontier flew to Omaha and then on to Denver from BMI, but that ended a couple years ago.


    An unexamined life isn't worth living.
    User currently offlineShortstop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1372 times:

    As a resident of BMI, I would like to thank you all for the compliments of our new terminal. The community (especially aviation buffs like myself) is very excited about the new terminal and the growth of the airport. The local media coverage has been great (even though the local tv stations are out of PIA). Even when a new aircraft is introduced to BMI, there will either be a picture of it in the paper, or a story about it on the news. Being away at school, I have not yet had a chance to see the terminal first hand. The past few summers I worked on the flight line, so I watched it go from a hole in the ground to what it is now. I can't wait for my first chance to fly out.

    Take care.

    John


    User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

    I like seeing the airlines there:

    Northwest Airlink
    United Express
    American Eagle

    And finally:
    AirTran with no express name

    I'm not putting down the airport, just noting how FL can make a profit there as a mainline carrier but no major airline can.


    User currently offlineAir Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

    it looks relaxed and comfortable; great job! For us Europeans it look strange; carpet on the ground... They propably have to change it often I suppose.

    User currently offlineJason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

    The BMI-OMA-DEN service didn't end a couple of years ago....
    It ended the start of April 2001.


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