TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1589 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.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4451 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1469 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.
Nwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1458 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.
Aztec01 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1444 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.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1350 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.
Shortstop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1331 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.