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BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:37 am

Bakersfield will host a public open house of its new terminal on November 13 (11am to 4pm). The terminal is scheduled to go operational the next day, Monday Nov 14.

Details on the open house: http://www.co.kern.ca.us/pio/airterminal.asp

Info on the new terminal and pictures:
http://www.meadowsfield.com/features.asp
http://www.meadowsfield.com/construction.asp
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:15 pm

In referencing the movie, "Castaway", I always thought it would be cool if there was a billboard on CA-99 that had a picture of Tom Hanks exclaiming "Bakersfield!" as you enter the city limits or the airport terminal, but I doubt the CVB would fork out that kind of cash.
 
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:41 pm

Maybe Buck Owens would pay for it. He has been spending money on a few things to market the city. For example, he paid $175,000 to restore the old "Bakersfield" sign that stretched across the old highway (like the ones found in many cities years ago).
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:51 pm

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 2):
For example, he paid $175,000 to restore the old "Bakersfield" sign that stretched across the old highway (like the ones found in many cities years ago).

Hey! WE (Modesto) still have ours! It is a source of immense pride!

It says: MODESTO, WATER, WEALTH, CONTENTMENT, HEALTH.

As per my limited and not so impirical research, Arches exist also in Lodi and Twain Harte.

If I knew how to post photos....I would, but I can't. So I won't.
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:03 am

The design is set for possible expansion to 24 gates! WOW! In my life time I doubt I'll see BFL needing 24 jetways.

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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:47 am

Many terminals around the country have been in use for 50 or 60 years so they are just looking ahead, something govt doesn't always do.

Don't forget Kern County, where Bakersfield is located, is projected to go from about 700,000 people today to about 1.3 million by 2040. I'm sure they'll need at least some of those additional gates.
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:03 am

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 5):
Don't forget Kern County, where Bakersfield is located, is projected to go from about 700,000 people today to about 1.3 million by 2040. I'm sure they'll need at least some of those additional gates.

Current levels of airline service should in no way be used to judge the size of California's Valley Cities.

I am confident that the wheels are in motion as we speak; bringing up the levels of airline service to match the markets.

Ten, fifteen, twenty years from now, things will look much different than they do now.
One thing that must happen is the de-centralization of airline service....currently, the majority of passenger airline service is concentrated in the megalopili of LAX/SAN or SFO/SMF....fine for the 20th Century; horribly inefficient for the changing landscape of where people live in 21st Century California. (Actually, it was probably less centralized then than it is now....but that's another story)
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:27 am

So currently BFL will have six gates or air bridges?
Valley Approach.....
 
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 2:11 am

Quoting Stirling (Reply 6):
Current levels of airline service should in no way be used to judge the size of California's Valley Cities.

True, the analysis is much more complex. In my mind the low air service levels in the Valley started in the first few years after deregulation. The battles for market share in Southern California and the Bay Area with the low fares used there created a mentality in the Valley of driving to the larger airports for better fares.

That was accompanied by a period of rising unemployment in the Central Valley from the late 1970s to 1993, which saw many flights removed from the Valley and capacity reduced on what was left.

The 1990's saw an economic plateau as much of the region missed out on the boom that occurred and unemployment stayed high.

Now, the rapidly changing economy in the region, including what this year is the lowest unemployment rates seen in the area since 1980, and the high new job and population growth portends for some rapid increases in airline service in the next few years.

In spite of airline industry problems, I think the Valley will pop up on some route planners screens as a place to move some capacity into over the next couple of years.

Quoting MFEFlyer (Reply 7):
So currently BFL will have six gates or air bridges?

It will start with 3 gates.

What doesn't get included is the new international arrivals gate. That last I heard will be located at the current terminal, which will be remodeled into a FIS.
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 2:26 am

Earlier this summer MAH4546 had been talking about American Eagle coming back to BFL with CR7 service to DFW..Any new news on this?

I still think some combination of BFL/FAT/SMF/RNO service to ORD on AA could make some money. Naturally, as on all, timing is the critical issue.

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 8):
Now, the rapidly changing economy in the region, including what this year is the lowest unemployment rates seen in the area since 1980, and the high new job and population growth portends for some rapid increases in airline service in the next few years.

In spite of airline industry problems, I think the Valley will pop up on some route planners screens as a place to move some capacity into over the next couple of years

I agree wholeheartedly. Heard a rumor that Frontier may go mainline at FAT soon...does anyone have any more/additional info?

On a personal wish list..I'd love to see AA schedule a 752 on the morning to DFW and the evening return. As full as the MD-80's are on those most days, it should be easy to fill a 752 particularly from April thru September.
 
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RE: BFL New Terminal Grand Opening November 13

Wed Sep 28, 2005 2:48 am

Quoting TAN FLYR (Reply 9):
Heard a rumor that Frontier may go mainline at FAT soon

Hadn't heard that one. I've been waiting for load factor reports on Frontier's first month at FAT to come out, probably in about 3 weeks. We'll see how they've been doing then. I have heard it has been a better first month than expected.

At the start of negotiations between FAT and Frontier a couple of years ago the talk was 2 mainline flights a day, then 1 mainline and 1 RJ a day, before actually starting with 2 RJs.

Quoting TAN FLYR (Reply 9):
I still think some combination of BFL/FAT/SMF/RNO service to ORD on AA could make some money.

Either AA or UA to ORD has always been what I consider one of the major domestic route holes to fill at FAT.
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