|Quoting JFKLGANYC (Reply 8):|
The PA was to get out of the terminal running/terminal building business and concentrate on roadways, parking garages, runways, utilities, etc. at the airports.
Every new terminal built at JFK or EWR over the past few years is the result of private investment backed by Port Authority financing. This is a smart move for the region.
EWR Term C- Continental investment
JFK Term 1- TOGA investment
JFK Term 4- JFKIAT (Schipol USA) investment
JFK Term 5- jetBlue investment
JFK Term 9- AA investment
I totally disagree with this philosophy, and I think its one of the weaknesses of US Airports. One thing I think needs to happen at every airport in this country is for all gates and check in areas to become Cute terminals. I have been a fan of this concept for a long time, and right now, I believe only LAS
, and HNL
employ this concept among the major airports. You can't have cute terminals if the Airlines are controlling them. While I agree that the airlines should be pumping some money into renovating all these terminals, the airports themselves have to share some of the cost as well.
Why do I support Cute? Well, lets take a look at some of the problems at some airports that would not be an issue with cute in place.
1. Out in DEN
have been in a pissing contest for years over gates on the A concourse. F9
has the bulk of the flights there, the problem was UA
bought gates to prevent growth from F9
, until the recent deal. If these gates were cute gates, F9
could have used them, and even shared them with TED, much like in LAS
uses B gates during the day, and HP
uses some C gates at night.
2. At ORD
, JetBlue is unable to start service due to lack of gate space, and its very tough for US to consolidate their operations into one location. Obviously United Express is using most of the gates there and they should, but NW
do not need all the gates that they currently occupy. Again, if these are Cute gates, Jet blue can run a couple of flights from a relatively unused shared gate, plus US has an easier time as well. And if not there, on the L concourse with DL
has a lot of realitively unused gates that is making it tough for people to expand there. Terminal 1 is near saturation, WN
can't add flights there due to lack of gates, and US can't move because there is no place for them to move. If you have Cute, they can share gate space in 6 with other airlines there, since most of those gates are unused most of the time.
4. Due to various construction projects in BOS
, airlines have had to move many many times. If you had cute, the moves would be a lot easier to accomplish since you don't move nearly as much equipment, and there might be a chance of Terminal A becoming a SkyTeam terminal.
These are some situations, but I am a firm supporter of Cute in all US airports and I will be writing more about this in the coming months.