After visiting the open house yesterday (4-16-05) for the viewing of Airside C, I felt the terminal had a retro look (as described by SWA TPA
), as if the airport took the LAX
Terminal 6 and modernized it. It was obvious by how the lights and air conditioning ducts were styled on the ceiling, in addition to the wood paneling used on various parts of the terminal. There are also various models of vintage wings hanging from the ceiling, and in the area of C34-C35, a wing is affixed to a rooftop skylight.
Also, there were plenty of former Eastern Airlines employees attending the open house, with most of them wearing flight attendant uniforms, ramp jumpsuits, and even the I.D. cards furnished by EA
. Most of them congregated in front of the mural at the tram lobby of Airside C, which features passengers saying goodbyes to the people that took them to the airport, and then boarding an Eastern DC-3 in the background.
Southwest- Will be utilizing gates C30-C41, for a total of 12 gates. Southwest's display included a caricature drawing, someone making balloon hats, a knight mime, and agents distributing peanuts/pretzels. There were also several videos playing showing some employees discussing the company and what they do.
Independence- Will be utilizing gate C42. Independence's display included a miniature golf challenge with choice of prizes (DH hat, DH
license plate outline), and agents handing out drinks, various snacks served inflight on DH
, and beads with an Independence baggage tag on the end. A video was showing on the day DH
Spirit- Will be utilizing gate C44. Spirit's display included a 3M
pad distribution with the NK
logo, and plastic NK
Midwest- Unknown gate (sharing with NK
at C44??). There were no representatives from ME present at the open house.
There are a total of 16 gates, although jetways for gates C43 and C45 were missing at the time of the open house. From outside the airside, the jetway for gate C45 was sitting on the ground waiting placement. Gates C42 and C43 were most likely designed for Independence Air, since both gates have a ramp which leads to the jetway, and makes boarding to a CRJ a less harrowing experience by having a lower angle walk to the plane. Since DH
's recent flight cuts out of TPA
, both gates will not be needed and therefore DH
will use only gate C42. Finally, gates C37-C38 and C40-41 are designed dual-jetway style and A380 compatible. For practical WN
operations though, both jetways will be used individually for the WN