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Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:00 am

I'm interested to know what is the oldest airport terminal building which is still in use as a terminal, anywhere in the world.

The oldest I've come across is Burbank, which was built in 1930 and is still in use today - here's some details of it from another thread I posted yesterday:
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Opened as United Airport, then becoming Union Air Terminal, Lockheed Air Terminal, Hollywood-Burbank Airport, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, and now Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Burbank's airport featured a beautiful Spanish revival style terminal opened in 1930:

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Many more photos at http://waterandpower.org/museum/Aviatio ... LA_(Page_3).html and http://dmairfield.com/places/losangeles ... /index.htm

Over the years this terminal has been added to, and you would hardly recognise it today:




Does anyone know of anything older than this which is still in use as a terminal today? Just to be clear, I'm asking specifically about terminal buildings, not the oldest airport still operating (College Park Airport), or the oldest airport still operating with airline service (Hamburg Airport).

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Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:12 am

Dublins original terminal, the iconic Desmond Fitzgerald designed building was opened in 1940 and is currently in use today. A number of coaching gates exist.
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:24 am

I once travelled out of Alexandria airport in Egypt. The old terminal was 30s style and still being used. It was like stepping back in time . I see by wiki it is now being replaced
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:24 am

tonystan wrote:
Dublins original terminal, the iconic Desmond Fitzgerald designed building was opened in 1940 and is currently in use today. A number of coaching gates exist.

Ah yes, I noticed that when I was in Dublin earlier this year, it is quite a striking building. Is it in use though? It didn't seem connected to the terminal when I was there - I had a chance to walk all the way from pier E in Terminal 2 to pier D in Terminal 1, including passing by pier B (I think that's its name, the one with the ten-sided banjo at the end) and pier A in the middle. I couldn't go into pier A because it was ticketed passengers for that pier only, but other than that I think I covered the full airside, and didn't see any way into the original terminal. That said, the passageway from the main building of Terminal 1 to pier D gave a very grand view of it.



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Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:35 am

f4f3a wrote:
I once travelled out of Alexandria airport in Egypt. The old terminal was 30s style and still being used. It was like stepping back in time . I see by wiki it is now being replaced

According to the details on Wikipedia, it is, but it seems to be dragging on - it has been closed since 2011 and the date to reopen in 2014 has been well and truly missed in the wake of the instability in Egypt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Nouzha_Airport

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Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:53 am

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/imag ... wFPL27V9rA

It would be a real shame if it was torn down
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:09 pm

What about Rand Airport? It seems to me that they are still using the original terminal building. The airport was opened on 1931, but the construction started in 1920.... So probably the terminal building is standing longer than the one in Burbank...
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:19 pm

Braunschweig Waggum terminal building from 1939 ( aerodrome is from 1934/35
after the first airfield in Broitzem was taken over by the Luftwaffe )
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flughafen ... -Wolfsburg
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:30 pm

Only recently closed Berlin Tempelhof from 1936.

Still existing buildings but not dedicated to the initial purpose anymore:
http://www.luftfahrtarchiv-koeln.de/deu_flugh30.htm
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:42 pm

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont, the current arrivals building is from 1936 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Dumont_Airport

Definitely not as old, but still almost 70 years: Manila in the Philippines, Terminal 4 was built in 1948
 
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:58 pm

Well going by all comments on here/social media I'd say LaGuardia might be the winner
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:01 pm

f4f3a wrote:
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR9xNaBYPYNfSWr_bH-Hvb1c2Nq-HHDV7tsxvWeNywFPL27V9rA

It would be a real shame if it was torn down

On the contrary, looking at imaging on Google Earth, it appears they're adding a wing to it to even it up (in that picture you'll see there is a wing to the right, but not to the left).

duboka wrote:
What about Rand Airport? It seems to me that they are still using the original terminal building. The airport was opened on 1931, but the construction started in 1920.... So probably the terminal building is standing longer than the one in Burbank...

Interesting suggestion -

Here's their website with some good details (check out the photo gallery too), but it doesn't tell us when the terminal was built: http://www.randairport.co.za/

I love the idea of a terminal designed to look like an aircraft - a spiritual precursor to Saarinen's TWA Flight Center perhaps.
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Braunschweig Waggum terminal building from 1939 ( aerodrome is from 1934/35
after the first airfield in Broitzem was taken over by the Luftwaffe )
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flughafen ... -Wolfsburg

Very interesting looking terminal building there:
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WIederling wrote:
Only recently closed Berlin Tempelhof from 1936.

Still existing buildings but not dedicated to the initial purpose anymore:
http://www.luftfahrtarchiv-koeln.de/deu_flugh30.htm

Some interesting looking terminals in that link there too. It really is intriguing to see what an airport terminal looked like in the era, compared to today.

Thanks everyone for the interesting suggestions so far - it looks like from what has been shared so far it is between Rand and Burbank (although only Burbank still serves scheduled traffic).

PHBVF wrote:
Well going by all comments on here/social media I'd say LaGuardia might be the winner

Hahaha. Although actually the beautiful Marine Air Terminal dates from 1939, so it is up there with the other suggestions being made here.

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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:08 pm

Still in use but not for pax is the beehive in gatwick .

Glad to hear that helx terminal surviving .
Does shore ham count?
Terminal is from 1936
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:24 pm

similar old thread from this site:
viewtopic.php?t=680221
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:30 pm

Doesn't QF in SYD still partially operate domestic regional flights from remnants of the TAA terminal dating from the late 1940s? I do not think you would know it from inside, but if you look at a satellite image, the old building is clearly identifiable.
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:43 pm

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I love the idea of a terminal designed to look like an aircraft -


We recently did a hot air balloon stint near Ütersen ( NW of Hamburg )
Google Maps, Satellite view: 53°39'12.6"N 9°42'30.8"E

Looks like something from the 20ties but is more or less brand new:
http://www.ikz.de/1996-2005/1999/03/9903032.php
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:03 pm

whilst not quite answering the original question, it is still interesting to know and see that the Croydon Airport (opened 1915), terminal building from circa 1920-22 is still there, whilst closed in 1959, it is still open for tours etc...
http://www.croydonairport.org.uk/Visitor-Centre

But what about Rose Bay Water Airport, Sydney opened 1938 - Sydney Seaplanes still operate out of there, and there is a 1930s art-deco type building there but I think it's a seafood restaurant and the flights operate (did a few months ago when I was there) from a portakabin next door.
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:11 pm

Todays "Foynes Flying Boat Museum" is about and uses the terminal buidling of the former "Shannon Airport".
1939. As it was a Flying Boat airport the runways are on the water :-)
see: http://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:12 pm

What about Congonhas Airport in São Paulo? Currently operating non-stop since 1936?
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The original terminal building is still going strong nowadays...
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo%E2%80%93Congonhas_Airport
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:31 pm

Surprised there's no mention of LGB's terminal yet. Built in 1940, still in use. In fact, it has been declared a historic landmark, so the airport CAN'T tear it down, even if they wanted to. They recently (2012) spent some time refurbishing the terminal, but LGB is a nice example of the way 'things used to be'. Boarding airplanes via stairs instead of jetways, etc. It's a fun airport, unless you're in a wheelchair. In which case it turns into a huge headache, hence I avoid the place like the plague. But if you don't have issues with that, go fly there. B6 offers a transcon if I remember right. Shame that they didn't let B6 expand it into a focus city (even though they tried hard)...
 
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Surprised there's no mention of LGB's terminal yet. Built in 1940, still in use. In fact, it has been declared a historic landmark, so the airport CAN'T tear it down, even if they wanted to. They recently (2012) spent some time refurbishing the terminal, but LGB is a nice example of the way 'things used to be'. Boarding airplanes via stairs instead of jetways, etc. It's a fun airport, unless you're in a wheelchair. In which case it turns into a huge headache, hence I avoid the place like the plague. But if you don't have issues with that, go fly there. B6 offers a transcon if I remember right. Shame that they didn't let B6 expand it into a focus city (even though they tried hard)...


LGB isn't bad for wheelchair ops. B6 uses ramps for the forward door, not stairs.
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:28 pm

Passenger terminal at Le Bourget - 1937

Still there and in use, but not for regular commercial service (private jets now only)
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:45 pm

Even though it's not used for arrival or departure purposes anymore, the 1941 terminal building at DCA connects terminal A to the new section and is still accessible to walk through. Obviously it's not the oldest one here, but it's a neat hangout!
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:50 pm

Does anyone know the age of the art deco terminal at Shoreham in England? The airfield opened over 100 years ago, but the terminal must be at least 80 or so years old??
 
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Does anyone know the age of the art deco terminal at Shoreham in England? The airfield opened over 100 years ago, but the terminal must be at least 80 or so years old??

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The aerodrome became an airport for the adjacent towns of Brighton, Hove and Worthing in the 1930s. A new terminal building was opened on 13 June 1936. It was designed by Stavers Tiltman in the Art Deco style.[7] The terminal building is still in use and was designated a Grade II* listed building in 1984.
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:10 pm

Tempelhof (THF) in Berlin. It's still in use...

...as a refugee camp.


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Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:32 pm

Hanger One at Mines Field, now known as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), built in 1928 is still in use as a cargo facility. While not a pax facility, it is used on a daily basis.
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Siren wrote:
Surprised there's no mention of LGB's terminal yet. Built in 1940, still in use. In fact, it has been declared a historic landmark, so the airport CAN'T tear it down, even if they wanted to. They recently (2012) spent some time refurbishing the terminal, but LGB is a nice example of the way 'things used to be'. Boarding airplanes via stairs instead of jetways, etc. It's a fun airport, unless you're in a wheelchair. In which case it turns into a huge headache, hence I avoid the place like the plague. But if you don't have issues with that, go fly there. B6 offers a transcon if I remember right. Shame that they didn't let B6 expand it into a focus city (even though they tried hard)...


I was just coming here to mention LGB. While it's not quite as old as BUR, BUR has been fairly extensively modified from its original form, while LGB remains pretty much original as far as I know (I assume that historic landmark status has something to do with that). Obviously the airside concourses are new, but the landside part is pretty much the original 1940 terminal building.
 
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Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:20 pm

I believe SAF (Santa Fe, NM) still uses thier original 1941 terminal. Very cool adobe structure.
 
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T2 at ORD
 
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Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:52 am

New Orleans Lakefront Airport, terminal opened 1934.
http://www.lakefrontairport.com/
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Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:56 am

Lets not forget DCA. The terminal's center part is old and still in use.
 
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Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:23 am

Thanks for all the ongoing interesting responses everyone! I've tried to find some details and photos for each suggestion.

mozart wrote:
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont, the current arrivals building is from 1936 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Dumont_Airport

ojjunior wrote:
What about Congonhas Airport in São Paulo? Currently operating non-stop since 1936?
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The original terminal building is still going strong nowadays...
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo%E2%80%93Congonhas_Airport

A couple of great examples from Brazil there, thanks! I think it is great the two domestic airports from the two big cities have old buildings dating to the same time.

f4f3a wrote:
Still in use but not for pax is the beehive in gatwick .

Another interesting piece of history. If I'm reading what on the Wikipedia article properly, it pioneered the use of covered telescoping passageways from the building to the aircraft. There's some more details and photos at http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/Gatwick - here are a couple from that page:
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And here's a picture of a model that was posted on PPRune:
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f4f3a wrote:
Does shore ham count?
Terminal is from 1936
Still has air taxi ops from it

opticalilyushin wrote:
Does anyone know the age of the art deco terminal at Shoreham in England? The airfield opened over 100 years ago, but the terminal must be at least 80 or so years old??

WIederling wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
Does anyone know the age of the art deco terminal at Shoreham in England? The airfield opened over 100 years ago, but the terminal must be at least 80 or so years old??

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The aerodrome became an airport for the adjacent towns of Brighton, Hove and Worthing in the 1930s. A new terminal building was opened on 13 June 1936. It was designed by Stavers Tiltman in the Art Deco style.[7] The terminal building is still in use and was designated a Grade II* listed building in 1984.
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That is a great looking terminal - here are some images in the database here:


vhtje wrote:
Doesn't QF in SYD still partially operate domestic regional flights from remnants of the TAA terminal dating from the late 1940s? I do not think you would know it from inside, but if you look at a satellite image, the old building is clearly identifiable.

Ah yes, I'm familiar with this one, it dates back to 1940 I understand. From memory, T3's gates 18 and 19 are around it, but the public area doesn't extend into the building itself. Here's some more detail: http://www.airwaysmuseum.com/SY%20Ops-A ... G-AGKU.htm
And here it is in the background of some photos here (its underneath a rectangular white billboard which used to have the word Qantas on it):

Very similar buildings were built at the same time at Archerfield (Brisbane):
Articles and pictures at Airways Museum: 1947, 1957, late 1960s, 1974, 2006 exterior, 2006 interior


and Parafield (Adelaide):
Articles and pictures at Airways Museum: 1940, 1948, 1963, 1971, 2008

I did the bulk of my flying training at Archerfield, and worked my first flying job there, so these buildings hold a fairly special place in my heart.

n729pa wrote:
whilst not quite answering the original question, it is still interesting to know and see that the Croydon Airport (opened 1915), terminal building from circa 1920-22 is still there, whilst closed in 1959, it is still open for tours etc...
http://www.croydonairport.org.uk/Visitor-Centre

That's an interesting one - while most of the places we're looking at here are in the Art Deco era, this one looks much more like a classic European railway station:


n729pa wrote:
But what about Rose Bay Water Airport, Sydney opened 1938 - Sydney Seaplanes still operate out of there, and there is a 1930s art-deco type building there but I think it's a seafood restaurant and the flights operate (did a few months ago when I was there) from a portakabin next door.

Yes, indeed it is now the appropriately named Catalina Restaurant. I had a very enjoyable lunch with my family there back in 2008, including enjoying watching the floatplane movements.
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WIederling wrote:
Todays "Foynes Flying Boat Museum" is about and uses the terminal buidling of the former "Shannon Airport".
1939. As it was a Flying Boat airport the runways are on the water :-)
see: http://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/

From that website:
The terminal building at Foynes Airport 1939–1945 was formally the Monteagle Arms Hotel. It presently houses the Flying Boat Museum and was the headquarters for the Foynes Port Company. Built in the 1860s on lands leased from the Monteagle Estate, it was Foynes’ first public bar and hotel, and later the first headquarters for aviation in Ireland. In 1938 when the Department of Transport failed to buy the building, they acquired it by means of a Compulsory Purchase Order.

You may possibly have located the oldest airport terminal building of all! Here's a pic from http://moniquemacfarlane.com/blog/2013/ ... at-museum/
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Siren wrote:
Surprised there's no mention of LGB's terminal yet. Built in 1940, still in use. In fact, it has been declared a historic landmark, so the airport CAN'T tear it down, even if they wanted to. They recently (2012) spent some time refurbishing the terminal, but LGB is a nice example of the way 'things used to be'. Boarding airplanes via stairs instead of jetways, etc. It's a fun airport, unless you're in a wheelchair. In which case it turns into a huge headache, hence I avoid the place like the plague. But if you don't have issues with that, go fly there. B6 offers a transcon if I remember right. Shame that they didn't let B6 expand it into a focus city (even though they tried hard)...

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I was just coming here to mention LGB. While it's not quite as old as BUR, BUR has been fairly extensively modified from its original form, while LGB remains pretty much original as far as I know (I assume that historic landmark status has something to do with that). Obviously the airside concourses are new, but the landside part is pretty much the original 1940 terminal building.

LGB is a really good example too of how an old building can be integrated into a modern terminal design in a meaningful way. Check out the details at the architectural company that led the project: http://www.hok.com/design/type/aviation ... rnization/

Strangely there are no new overview pics of it in the database here, but here are some from before the refurbishment:


jsfr wrote:
Passenger terminal at Le Bourget - 1937

Still there and in use, but not for regular commercial service (private jets now only)

Another great looking Art Deco building:


UltimateDelta wrote:
Even though it's not used for arrival or departure purposes anymore, the 1941 terminal building at DCA connects terminal A to the new section and is still accessible to walk through. Obviously it's not the oldest one here, but it's a neat hangout!

GGtai wrote:
Lets not forget DCA. The terminal's center part is old and still in use.

I made a point of getting to DCA early for my flight out of there in June to ensure I had a change to have a look around. Unfortunately the historic lobby was closed for an event, but the Exhibit Hall was very interesting, and like Dublin above, the terminal building has a real sense of grandeur from outside.


WIederling wrote:
Only recently closed Berlin Tempelhof from 1936.

flyingturtle wrote:
Tempelhof (THF) in Berlin. It's still in use...

...as a refugee camp.

It is definitely quite something, especially the roof over the apron which aircraft right up to Brussels Airlines' BAe-146s would park under.


macsog6 wrote:
Hanger One at Mines Field, now known as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), built in 1928 is still in use as a cargo facility. While not a pax facility, it is used on a daily basis.

It is great to see this hangar still functioning. Maybe we need an oldest hangar thread too!


Beechtobus wrote:
I believe SAF (Santa Fe, NM) still uses thier original 1941 terminal. Very cool adobe structure.

Some nice photos here, seems like quite a unique place: https://www.abqjournal.com/450121/flyer ... rport.html
Here's the lead photo from that article:
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william wrote:
T2 at ORD

T2 is much more recent than the ones we're talking about here, opening I believe in 1962.


admanager wrote:
New Orleans Lakefront Airport, terminal opened 1934.
http://www.lakefrontairport.com/

Wow that's a find! Looking at the Wikipedia article, it is great to see how well it has been restored to its previous glory post-Katrina:
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Noshow wrote:
similar old thread from this site:
viewtopic.php?t=680221

Thanks for finding this! I thought it might have been discussed before, but I failed to see it when I searched. It seems like it came to the same conclusion as we have so far here, that Burbank (despite its extensive modifications over the years) is the oldest. It also offered some of the same suggestions for other old terminals as we have:
  • LGA's Marine Air Terminal
  • DCA's original terminal
  • LGB
  • THF
  • DUB's original terminal

Let's have a look at some of the ones suggested in that thread:

Cubsrule wrote:
A TSA screener at BDL told me today that Terminal B is the oldest terminal building still in use. Is this true? And, if so, can someone provide a little history of the building?

CairnterriAIR wrote:
BDL's Terminal B....also known as the "Murphy Terminal" was built in 1951. Pretty old, but I think there are a few older.

Since this thread in 2008, BDL's Terminal B has been demolished: http://www.courant.com/business/hc-brad ... story.html That article has some great historic photos in the photo gallery.
Here it is prior to its demolition:


apodino wrote:
JFK Terminal 3

We are probably all familiar with the Worldport (which like BDL's terminal B has been demolished since the 2008 thread), but actually there are a number of terminals at JFK which dated from the same era (all of them a decade or two younger than many we have discussed in this thread). Here's an interesting article: http://untappedcities.com/2015/08/17/5- ... ls-in-nyc/


apodino wrote:
The main terminal at DAL

Love Field's terminal opened in 1959, replacing an earlier one from 1940. Since the 2008 thread, the piers which had been built over time were removed, and a new concourse added, but the headhouse remains in place. There is some nice detail about this terminal at http://yesterdaysairlines.weebly.com/dallas-love-field.html, and some postcards of the 1940 terminal (incorrectly identified as 1947, which is when an extension opened) at http://www.airplanesofthepast.com/dallas-love-field.htm - that site also features a couple of pictures of Fort Worth's GSW which closed with the opening of DFW.


Boston92 wrote:
The terminal here in Santa Barbara is pretty old. Commercial service started here in 1932, though I am not sur when the terminal was actually built.

Yflyer wrote:
According to the airport's official website, "The Spanish-style terminal building, commissioned by United Airlines in 1942 was designed by William Edwards and Joseph Plunkett, an architectural team whose work, including the Arlington Theatre and the National Armory, helped shape the Mediterranean style of the city."

I can't find when it actually opened, but this makes SBA's terminal just slightly newer than LGB.[Edited 2008-08-29 18:58:07]

Here are some pictures in the database of SBA's 1942 terminal:


Again, since the 2008 thread there has been quite a change - the non original parts of the terminal were removed, then the remaining original building was moved and integrated into a new terminal. There are plenty of details and photos at: http://www.airportimprovement.com/artic ... ric-design

727forever wrote:
I don't know the dates, but check out BTV, AVP, and BGM for those of you who like to research these things.

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlingto ... al_Airport Burlington's terminal opened in 1973

According to http://flyavp.com/avp-history/ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's old terminal opened in 1959 and was replaced in 2006 by a new terminal adjacent to it.

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_B ... on_Airport Greater Binghamton opened in 1959 (as Broome County Airport), and it appears the original terminal remains in use. Here is a picture from the airport's website:
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falstaff wrote:
I know the Executive terminal at DTW is old, but I don't know when it opened. It is a neat looking art deco building.

dtwclipper wrote:
1939 according to http://www.metroairport.com

Neat indeed. Here's a picture landside from the Wikipedia article:
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Here it is in the background of a couple of photos here:


YULYMX wrote:
YUL same old terminal since 1er septembre 1941[Edited 2008-09-09 07:13:04]

Viscount724 wrote:
Although YUL airport opened in 1941, I believe the original phase of the current terminal building didn't open until 1960.

Very much a building of the late 50s/early 60s:


mauiman31 wrote:
ERI - "Tom Ridge Field" has changed very little in the 30 + years I have been visiting it. They added a "jetway" in the 70's . . . of course security clearance -- but otherwise not much difference in the terminal since it was built in the 40's. Am sure some other small US city airports fit the same scenario. . .


Another nice find, however according to http://www.erieairport.org/airport_history.html the original terminal was located at a different site, and this "new" terminal was opened in 1958.

Here's a couple more places, neither of which meet the original question I asked (the oldest airport terminal still in use), but which are nonetheless interesting in the context of the other replies given on this thread:

Nicelli Airport (Venice - Lido). According to the BBC article The ten most beautiful airports in the world, the terminal was built in 1935, and is used for general aviation today. Here's a picture from the Wikipedia article
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Back in the Los Angeles area, Burbank's competition was down the road at the Grand Central Air Terminal, which dates back to 1928. Located in central Glendale, it is no longer an airport. There are a couple of photos here on A.net of it, one from 1933, another from 70 years later:

It has since been restored by the Disney Company, and is open for tours - see https://www.disneynow.com/profile/web/i ... x86774ddbb
There is a wealth of information at the following websites too:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Cen ... California)
http://laist.com/2008/06/14/laistory_grand.php#photo-1
http://waterandpower.org/museum/Aviatio ... LA_(Page_2).html
http://dmairfield.com/places/losangeles ... index.html
http://grandcentralairterminal.org/
https://web.archive.org/web/20140825054 ... m/gca1.htm

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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:24 pm

VirginFlyer wrote:
You may possibly have located the oldest airport terminal building of all! Here's a pic from http://moniquemacfarlane.com/blog/2013/ ... at-museum/
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We've passed through the museum a couple of years ago.
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Foynes core operational time was 1937 .. 1946.
The building though old was not purpose built but adapted.

fitting in the old and purpose built category is the old Leipzig-Mockau airfield.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flughafen_Leipzig-Mockau
first buildings from around 1913 ( airship hangar.)
The first ever airport related hotel "Fliegerheim" was built in the same year. still standing.
IMU this also had the "Passagierabfertigung" ( for Airship travel ) on the ground floor ( and a big terrace in the front.)
http://www.rottenplaces.de/main/flughafen-mockau-3355/
The still existing "modern" terminal building from the interwar period is from 1928/1929

The Leibzig "Fliegerheim" from 1913 thus appears to be the oldest purpose built airport terminal ( until someone finds something more ancient? :-) still existing but not as requested in the topic "in use".
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:42 pm

BMA (Bromma, Stockholm) opened in 1936, and the terminal building used today dates from that year. However, it was initially used for a couple of years as a hangar, and was later converted to become the passenger terminal. As an interesting fact, BMA was the first airport in Europe to have asphalted runways and taxiways, in fact it had 4 runways initially, the longest being 900 metres long, in order to safely accomodate landings in any possible wind direction.

At inauguration, the biggest passenger plane of the time, the Junkers G-38, flew into the airport. There were only 2 of these planes around, both belonging to Deutsche Lufthansa (who also assisted in the planning of the airport). The plane could accomodate a whopping 34 passengers, some of them in the wings (!!). It is therefore not surprising that on photos from the inauguration, the German flag of the era is prominently shown.

https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Bro ... g_1936.jpg

https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Bro ... 40-tal.jpg
 
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:57 pm

what about wilhelm lauritzen's terminal at CPH, still in use for vip arrivals its from 1939 and was moved in 1999

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgu5EQIIU0g
 
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:57 pm

VirginFlyer wrote:
tonystan wrote:
Dublins original terminal, the iconic Desmond Fitzgerald designed building was opened in 1940 and is currently in use today. A number of coaching gates exist.

Ah yes, I noticed that when I was in Dublin earlier this year, it is quite a striking building. Is it in use though? It didn't seem connected to the terminal when I was there - I had a chance to walk all the way from pier E in Terminal 2 to pier D in Terminal 1, including passing by pier B (I think that's its name, the one with the ten-sided banjo at the end) and pier A in the middle. I couldn't go into pier A because it was ticketed passengers for that pier only, but other than that I think I covered the full airside, and didn't see any way into the original terminal. That said, the passageway from the main building of Terminal 1 to pier D gave a very grand view of it.



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I deplaned from and boarded an Aer Lingus Regional flight (via a bus transfer) through a gate on the apron level of this building about 2 or 3 years ago. Am not sure whether it is still in use today however.

Remaining in Ireland, Shannon Airport until a few years ago was still utilising some of the original wooden buildings dating from the 1940s as a corridor connecting the old terminal, which at the time was still used for checking in, to the new terminal which contained the departure lounges. The new terminal has however now been extended further to incorporate a check in area and, as I have not visited this airport for some years, I am not sure whether the wooden buildings still survive.

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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:00 pm

VirginFlyer wrote:
tonystan wrote:
Dublins original terminal, the iconic Desmond Fitzgerald designed building was opened in 1940 and is currently in use today. A number of coaching gates exist.

Ah yes, I noticed that when I was in Dublin earlier this year, it is quite a striking building. Is it in use though? It didn't seem connected to the terminal when I was there - I had a chance to walk all the way from pier E in Terminal 2 to pier D in Terminal 1, including passing by pier B (I think that's its name, the one with the ten-sided banjo at the end) and pier A in the middle. I couldn't go into pier A because it was ticketed passengers for that pier only, but other than that I think I covered the full airside, and didn't see any way into the original terminal. That said, the passageway from the main building of Terminal 1 to pier D gave a very grand view of it.



V/F


Indeed it is still in use. Forms part of Pier A (200 gates) although in very limited use nowadays unlike the late 90s when it would still get aircraft pulling alongside on stand.
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:02 pm

How do you guys add photos that are not on this site to your posts? :?:
 
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:13 pm

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How do you guys add photos that are not on this site to your posts? :?:

You paste the URL of the image file, then put the tags [img]and[/img] around it.
e.g.
[img]https://web.archive.org/web/20061108014606/http://www.godickson.com/AviationJPGs/BurTerm3l.jpg[/img]

Will give you:
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:59 pm

WIederling wrote:
fitting in the old and purpose built category is the old Leipzig-Mockau airfield.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flughafen_Leipzig-Mockau
first buildings from around 1913 ( airship hangar.)
The first ever airport related hotel "Fliegerheim" was built in the same year. still standing.
IMU this also had the "Passagierabfertigung" ( for Airship travel ) on the ground floor ( and a big terrace in the front.)
http://www.rottenplaces.de/main/flughafen-mockau-3355/
The still existing "modern" terminal building from the interwar period is from 1928/1929

The Leibzig "Fliegerheim" from 1913 thus appears to be the oldest purpose built airport terminal ( until someone finds something more ancient? :-) still existing but not as requested in the topic "in use".

It may not be quite what I was asking for, but nonetheless it is interesting. Some good photos of the 1928 terminal in that second link too. Thanks! From the Wikipedia article, it seems as though there is a plan for the two buildings to be reopened as a hotel. Is this still happening do you know? Here are some images from that Wikipedia article:

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MalevTU134 wrote:
BMA (Bromma, Stockholm) opened in 1936, and the terminal building used today dates from that year. However, it was initially used for a couple of years as a hangar, and was later converted to become the passenger terminal. As an interesting fact, BMA was the first airport in Europe to have asphalted runways and taxiways, in fact it had 4 runways initially, the longest being 900 metres long, in order to safely accomodate landings in any possible wind direction.

At inauguration, the biggest passenger plane of the time, the Junkers G-38, flew into the airport. There were only 2 of these planes around, both belonging to Deutsche Lufthansa (who also assisted in the planning of the airport). The plane could accomodate a whopping 34 passengers, some of them in the wings (!!). It is therefore not surprising that on photos from the inauguration, the German flag of the era is prominently shown.

https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Bro ... g_1936.jpg

https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Bro ... 40-tal.jpg

Interesting stuff, thanks!

It would appear the old control tower and old terminal building in the photos below appear to date from 1936 too

Here are some older photographs of the buildings from the Swedish-language Wikipedia article:
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fessor wrote:
what about wilhelm lauritzen's terminal at CPH, still in use for vip arrivals its from 1939 and was moved in 1999

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgu5EQIIU0g

Cool video. Here it is in a few photographs here:


stratocruiser wrote:
I deplaned from and boarded an Aer Lingus Regional flight (via a bus transfer) through a gate on the apron level of this building about 2 or 3 years ago. Am not sure whether it is still in use today however.

tonystan wrote:
Indeed it is still in use. Forms part of Pier A (200 gates) although in very limited use nowadays unlike the late 90s when it would still get aircraft pulling alongside on stand.

Ah there we go then - when I was there this year, I was on an Aer Lingus flight to Kerry (operated by Stobart Air, and in fact operated for them by Danish Air Transport, much to the irritation on of one gentleman in particular who insisted on expressing his displeasure about that fact to the crew and other passengers at every moment he could), through a gate in Terminal 2 (which I struggled to find at first - completely missed the sign), although the bus then took us to the aircraft which was between piers A and B if memory serves me correctly. Like I said I couldn't walk into the pier A gate area. Shame, would have been nice to see even part of the original terminal from inside.

stratocruiser wrote:
Remaining in Ireland, Shannon Airport until a few years ago was still utilising some of the original wooden buildings dating from the 1940s as a corridor connecting the old terminal, which at the time was still used for checking in, to the new terminal which contained the departure lounges. The new terminal has however now been extended further to incorporate a check in area and, as I have not visited this airport for some years, I am not sure whether the wooden buildings still survive.

Its hard to tell from looking at Google Earth imagery, especially because the most recent one (from 29 March 2012) is overexposed around the terminal, but I think I can make out the same overall shapes as in the earlier images. Of course that's nearly 5 years ago now, so could have since changed.

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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:04 am

Returning to the early part of this discussion, I'm researching the history of LaGuardia. I've read (only one source) that claims that LaGuardia's MAT was closed to commercial traffic for a period in the 1950s. Would that be during the transition of international flights from LGA to Idelwild ? or is this just not true. Any thoughts?
 
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Re: Oldest Terminal Building Still In Use?

Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:16 am

The terminal at Boeing Field in Seattle was dedicated in April 21 1930. It is still in use today by Kenmore Air.

http://airportjournals.com/the-early-hi ... ing-field/

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