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Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 8:49 am

Are there any US Airports (small and big) with concourses/gates that have passengers boarding from ground level? I live in Chicago and MDW's old gates are still at ground level. I always liked the view from this level, however, at MDW there is too little window space and too much equipment in the way to get good photographs. Any suggestions welcomed!

Thanks,

Dave
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 8:54 am

Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) has at least two gates at ground level, maybe four. I boarded a Continental Express flight from one of these ground level gates. Most of the gates are at jetway height, but that doesn't preclude pax from exiting a smaller plane at ground level and taking the stairs. I once did that on a USAirways Express/Allegheny Airlines flight on a DH-8.

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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 9:10 am

Kona Int'l Airport on the Big Island in Hawaii is totally outdoor, the way a Hawaiian Airport should be. It is a secure area with different sheltered podiums for ticket agents, & a sheltered waiting area. It is totally ground level, & when boarding time comes, you are guided onto the apron towards the plane, which you board by using airstairs.
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 9:45 am

SJC (San Jose Int'l) has one such concourse. BUR (Burbank) is the same way. ONT (Ontario) was until fall of 1998 when the new terms opened.
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 10:33 am

Let's see how many I can think of:
1) Monroe, Louisiana
2) Yuma, Arizona
3) Bakersfield and Fresno, California (I think)
4) Monterey, California
5) Abilene, Texas
6) Flagstaff, Arizona
7) Long Beach, California...
...are just a few off the top of my head. What you may notice here is that most of these airports are commuter-service only type airports. No major service.

If you had asked this question 10 years ago, you would have a lot more. In Florida alone, brand new terminals (with jetways) were added in Daytona Beach, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Sarasota/Bradenton, etc alone.

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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 10:36 am

St. Petersburg/Clearwater Int'l Airport (PIE) has all 12 Gates at Ground Level. An L-1011 looks like a 25 Story Tower, and a 727 looks like a 747 at PIE.

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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 10:44 am

MacAuthur Airport (ISP), all the gate are ground level and on WN you actually board using a Jetbridge. It's a funny feeling to have to walk uphill on a Jetbridge to board a 73NG, usually it's downhill.
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 10:46 am

The only jet gate that I have encountered at ground level is gate C in terminal two at Phoenix Sky Harbor. It is all off by itself and usually used by United 757/767s to ORD and Air Canada uses it as well.
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Tue Nov 28, 2000 11:14 am

The Southwest gates in SLC are ground level.
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 3:27 am

Thanks for all the responses. I may plan a road trip in the future and some of these airports may be somewhat interesting to visit. I realize one day all concourses will be higher off the ground, thus limiting the different perspectives of photography.

Dave
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 11:39 am

At my airport half of our gates are at ground level
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 12:09 pm

The FAT gates are all at ground level, until 2004, when the new concourse area is complete.
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 12:14 pm

It was quite a few years ago, but Eagle County airport allowed some terrific shots of a line up of B757s. Once airside I kept snapping right up to the base of the stairs!
This might have changed now(?).
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 12:32 pm

C97 and C99 at EWR
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 12:38 pm

At Seattle (SEA), all Horizon, SkyWest (United Brasilias) & AirBC "gates" are on ground level.
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 1:26 pm

Love Field has (East? Concourse) ground level gates that the city of Dallas is offering to AA. AA is refusing to use in these saying they are not sufficient for their clientele in the competition against Legend.
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Wed Nov 29, 2000 9:52 pm

Santa Barbara, CA
Washington-Dulles (Terminal A)
Baltimore (The Express gates at C or D, can't remember)

I guess you could consider the SkyWest terminal at LAX to be "ground-level" too...


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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Thu Nov 30, 2000 2:59 am

Scaredflyer21,

What airport is the one you described as being your hometown airport?

Dave
 
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RE: Ground Level Concourses

Thu Nov 30, 2000 4:36 am

I belive that there is one ground level gate at KMHT (Manchester International Airport, NH). I live in Boston but i have used MHT twice. The gate is used by a Delta COMAIR jet, I think thats the only ground level gate there.
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