The Terminal B IAB
gates can be used for "some" domestic flights, Airtran briefly operated from B-2 concourse.
is not utilizing their gates to the fullest, UAL is definetly not using their gates to the fullest.
Newark traffic looks robust but it's still WAY below pre 9-11 levels, so there's a way to go just to get traffic at EWR
back to where it was prior to 9-11. At it's peak 3-4 years ago EWR
handled 34+ Million passengers, I think they were at 29 Million in '03.
With regards to Terminal A, the Port Authority has a plan to remodel the Terminal and replace the concourses with larger modern designs. They are however waiting for traffic to pick up again, the Port Authority chairman makes brief reference to the planned improvements to Terminal A in today's Star Ledger Interview.
However as stated they are waiting for traffic to rebound so it's not going foward right now, maybe within the next couple years.
The Port Authority's goal at EWR
is to be able to handle the anticipated 45 Million Passengers per year at EWR
by 2010, that 45 Million number is revised from pre-9-11 estimates which had EWR
reaching 45 million much sooner.
As an example Gatwick airport in London handles approximetly 45 Million travelers per year, with a much poorer runway situation.
So there's plenty of room to grow at EWR
, atleast for the next decade. And while there may not be an abundance of space for Domestic carriers there's plenty of space at Terminal B's IAB
for more International Carriers.