FlyPIJets
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Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:45 am

Just a quick question:

I was looking at the web site for Tampa and noticed the terminal D is marked closed? Anyone know why? (I have never been there before and was wondering)

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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:52 pm

This is the information I could find:

Airside D (gates 46-55A) was the last of the original 1971 satellites in operation. Its two concourses could accommodate ten Boeing 757s or eight Boeing 767s. Originally occupied by Northeast, Northwest and United Airlines, the facility later became home to low cost carriers like AirTran, Independence Air, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines. The terminal was closed in 2005.

Airside D (gates 46-55A) was the former home of Northwest and United Airlines. The Airside's architectural style was identical to Airside B, but the building's layout is different. Ten Boeing 757s could be accommodated by the Airside's two concourses. When the facility opened Northwest occupied four gates and United Airlines occupied three. Northeast Airlines occupied the remaining three gates but the colorful carrier never equipped them with jetways. Northeast merged with Delta Airlines on August 1, 1972 and its operation was relocated to Airside C. Air Florida began operating from the facility on April 5, 1974 when it commenced Lockheed L-188 Electra service to Miami. In 1978 (after Airline Deregulation) the vacant (Northeast) gates were equipped with jetways and were used by Continental, Ozark and Piedmont Airlines. During 1996 the building was completely renovated, its interiors were remodeled and the Westinghouse Shuttles were replaced. Northwest Airlines relocated to Airside A during the fall of 1999. Air Canada replaced Northwest occupying the gates adjacent to United Airlines. Three years later Air Canada and United Airlines relocated to the newly completed Airside E. AirTran, Independence Air, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines were the last carriers to occupy the facility. Airside D was closed on May 2005 (after 34 years of operations) and its tenants were relocated to Airsides A and C.

This info is all from:

http://www.geocities.com/anastasia757/index.html

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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:01 pm

Yep, without a doubt you could tell the age of that building..

They've removed the jetbridges from the terminal this past month, looks like it's getting ready to get torn down soon..
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:08 pm

D was smokin' hot in the early/mid 80's. QH was there, with their 8am connecting bank and more flights all day. PI was there with a ton of flights at their peak. NW was there with the closest thing TPA had to a hub operation. After QH90, RC-NW, and US-PI, it wasn't anywhere near the same.

Nasty little place by today's standards, though -- completely out-dated.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:56 pm

With no B and closing of D (and demolition to come), has TPA thought of renaming the airsides?
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:44 pm

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 4):
With no B and closing of D (and demolition to come), has TPA thought of renaming the airsides?

Given that there was no A for the first 25 or so years of the airport's life, I doubt it.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:38 pm

I was just looking at TPA on Google Earth and it appears the old NA/PA terminal had been torn down and a newly built terminal is being completed in its place! I've been asleep at the switch!

Yes, D was a busy place when NW was cranked up back in the 80's. Was fun to see two or three DC-10's at a time parked over there.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:28 pm

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 6):
I was just looking at TPA on Google Earth and it appears the old NA/PA terminal had been torn down and a newly built terminal is being completed in its place! I've been asleep at the switch!

That has already been renovated. DL, UA and AC use Airside E. Very nice terminal. I was there in 2003.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:44 pm

The airport is going to tear down Airside D, starting with asbestos abatement in the coming weeks. I don't think they plan to build any new airsides at the current terminal, choosing instead to move right into building the first quarter of the next landside/landside complex north of the current terminal by 2015.
 
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:58 am

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 6):
Yes, D was a busy place when NW was cranked up back in the 80's. Was fun to see two or three DC-10's at a time parked over there.

Actually seeing a NW 742, 2 DC-10's, and a couple of 727's all at once was very, very cool !

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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:51 am

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 9):
Actually seeing a NW 742, 2 DC-10's, and a couple of 727's all at once was very, very cool !

Yep. It was cool seeing the airside empty, then a NW jet would land, then another, then another, then another..........suddenly all 6 gates were full. Then 45 minutes later, they'd all leave, leaving 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, & 55A empty. remember they had to squeeze that 55A in there.

The airside may be outdated, but there are a lot of childhood memories there. I flew Indy in Feb 05, just 3 months before the closure....the airside's, not Indy's. Big grin


The way I remember:

NW had 53, 54, 55
UA had 49, 50, 51
52, 46, 47, 48 had no jetways
Then Ozark moved into 50
Then Midway moved into 50
Then NW added 52
UA gave up 51, and added 48
47 and 46 added jetways for PI
55A was added for NW hub
Original Airtran used 50
PI also used 55 and 55A
UA shared 48 with NK
Kiwi used 55
47 and 46 became jetwayLESS again
AC moved from C to 46, jetways again
NW moved to A
FL used 51, 52, 53
NK used 54
DH used 46 and 47
B6 used 50

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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:19 am

Quoting Crogalski (Reply 2):
Yep, without a doubt you could tell the age of that building..

I remember our FL TPA gates in the now closed D concourse. Actually, this terminal area was very well kept and sort of intimate. Our old boarding areas reminded me of a 1960s/1970s vintage synagogue. A lot of Blue, Green and aqua; sort of like those late 20th. Century "contemporary"
temples. The area seemed very comfortable and the air conditioning kicked ass! I've yet to vist our new digs at TPA. If anyone can chime in on what the new gates are like, I'd love to hear it.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:25 am

As far as I can recall, D was home to Allegheny/USAir before they moved on to E and eventually F where they're located now.

I believe Wardair and Valuejet also operated out of D at one time or another.

I used to like visiting Airside D when I was a kid because the escalators had unique "ribbed" handrails, while all the others in the airport were smooth.

While I agree that the new Airsides are much nicer and user friendly, Tampa was a pioneer with the whole Airside concept and it is sad to see the last of the original ones out of service.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:06 pm

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 9):
Actually seeing a NW 742, 2 DC-10's, and a couple of 727's all at once was very, very cool !

Actually at its peak it was

1 x 742 (MSP-TPA-MIA)
3 x D10 (ORD/MKE/DTW-TPA-MCO/FLL/PBI)
1 x 757 (BOS-TPA-SRQ)
1 x 72S (CLE-TPA-FMY)

(Might have the SRQ/FMY switched?)

But it was indeed very, very cool!
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:47 pm

Presently, the HCAA is deciding whether to build the new control there or rebuild it as an airside in order to maximize space before spending a billion on a new terminal (which will happen anyways). Either way the building has to come down, so it is bitter sweet, but needed.
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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:33 pm

Hey, thanks everybody. The information has been very helpful.

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RE: Tampa Terminal D

Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:49 pm

Quoting Graham697 (Reply 14):
before spending a billion on a new terminal (which will happen anyways

I am not too sure about that. At least not in my lifetime. 2050 maybe.

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