With Northwest aparently moving all operations to D and/or C concourse, C concourse is going to be a ghost town down at the end. As it is, Frontier only uses one or two gates a coupple times a day, and Northwest doesn't use they're gates hardly at all during the middle part of the day. I believe they have two or three gates. Plus I think there are 3 or 4 currently empty gates down there. When NW
moves out, it's going to be Southwest, Alaska, and Frontier using C, and that's it.
The A concourse is not a pit. Have you been down to the A concourse in the last three years??? QX
has modernized that area imensly in the last few years, and it is now one of the better regional terminals in the Northwest. I'd have to say QX
up in SEA
is probably a little better.
Now, the rumor I've heard from QX
pilots is that when the lease comes up on the Q200's, they're going to get rid of them, and slowly intruduce an all Q400 turbo prop fleet to replace them. Now, the pilots hate the Q400's, VERY rightfully so. The damn things are so un-reliable it isn't even funny. If QX
does move to an all Q400 fleet, however, then I could see them helping the port pay to "modernize" the A/B concourse into a regional terminal, since the Q400's and CRJ-700's can both use jetways. They could even get those jetways that are intended for regional aircraft. Of course, this would be many years down the road