I have also signed the petition. I think it's criminal that these facilities have not been re-opened. Here's my response:
"Please consider re-opening the observation deck at BUD
. So few airports around the world have this wonderful facility anymore and it would be tragic if BUD
went the same way. There are examples (worldwide) of airports who have successfully managed to balance security concerns with the general public's continued interest in aviation - see how Manchester, Sydney, Zurich, Amsterdam have managed to do it. Thank you"
Many airports these days really are missing a trick - they could keep these areas open, charge an entry fee and carry out security checks (which I have no qualms about paying or being subjected to) and provide food and drinks and other "revenue raising" opportunities. It's about time that airports remembered two things: a) what their primary function is -air transportation and b) that the general public remain as interested in aviation as they always have been. Nothing has changed in this regard.