Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
In fact the original part of the "Worldport" was the round portion in the front. Paax were checked in and moved to their planes via "people movers"..later the rear portion or the terminal was built. Not sure of the dates on this.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
The current Delta terminal (designated T3) is the former Pan Am WorldPort. From here, Pan Am operated flights to Europe, South America, Asia (before 1986) and the Middle East as well as domestic US markets and the Caribbean. It was amazing to see so many PA 747's, A310's, 727's, and the occasional 737 parked there up until Pan Am's demise in 1991.
The terminal adjacent to it (formerly the Delta and Northwest Terminal) is now part of the Delta complex at JFK. I don't recall if Pan Am used it much in its heyday. Officially, it is the Delta domestic terminal and also serves TACA Airlines and a few other carriers.
N202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1551 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
Paax were checked in and moved to their planes via "people movers"..later the rear portion or the terminal was built.
I don't think this is true. In the 80s, there were gates at Worldport, and in the 50s and 60s, aircraft pulled up to the terminal and were met with stairs and open airbridges. The large roof was built to overhang the aircraft and provide all-weather boarding in comfort for the passengers.
Pan Am did use the terminal next door (Terminal 2) and this is where they used the people movers, at least in the 80s, before the connection bridge between the two was built. Terminal 2 was used by Pan Am as the domestic terminal, including Pan Am Express commuter flights. The "rotunda" of Worldport was also used commonly for domestic flights, while the Worldport terminal extension was used for international flights.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
N202PA-What I wrote was relayed to me by crews that I flew with(I started with National, hence didn't use the Worldport until the takeover). It may have been the way it was said and I misunderstood, I don't know, but more that once it was said that people movers were used a lot. Actually they were also used even after the takeover and left from what was Gate 8(don't know what that gate is now). Could be that they used a lot of the movers as they didn't have as many gates before as after the rear of the building was completed. BTW, I don't remember ever using a people mover from Terminal 2(what we called Terminal B).
N202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1551 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
What you're talking about may be related to space issues...I do remember a few times PA aircraft were parked out by the IAB, and you had to take a people mover out there.
I do, however remember on several occasions having to use one of those mobile lounges to go from one terminal to the other, because there was no other way to get there (short of actually exiting the terminal and taking a shuttle bus of some sort). If I recall correctly, the bridge wasn't built until 1989 or 1990.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4713 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
After Delta took over in '91, they did not call it Worldport...it was called the Delta Flight Center...as usual with Delta, Atlanta (or 'Mecca') took over the 'Worldport' moniker for a short period of time.
Yes, Pan Am I did use Terminal 2 for a short while in the late eighties. After Nov'91, the slimmed down Pan Am with service only to Latin America moved all of its ops to Terminal 2 (from Nov 1 until Dec 4, 1991) while DL operated out of Terminal 3 (and part of 2).