A few years ago, PANYNJ came up with conceptual drawings for the "wraparound" terminal, which looked like a big fishhook around the back of T5
, with a/c parking along the outside of the fishhook. There was one finger pointing to the east, I think, with additional gates. I don't know where the drawings can be found nowadays.
One thing I wonder, looking at the aerial photo US A333 PIT
helpfully provided, is if the PA could simply build large one-level extensions around the sides and back of the Saarinen building for check in (east side) and baggage (west side). Or perhaps extend T6
into the space in between the two terminals, and use T5
as an entirely airside building. Such extensions would not harm the 'look' of T5
, and would allow it to process much larger numbers of passengers. Also, the eastern T5
airside would need to be much enlarged to provide big enough lounges and concessions for dense traffic.
What is the large rectangular extension to the east of the T5
landside? Old Customs & Immigration area?