Midwestindy wrote:No idea, but the gate area around A3-A5 does not have enough seating especially now that they upgraded the seating area there. I was there when DL and F9 were both departing simultaneously which was around 400 people, in a condensed area that has seating for probably around 100 people.
The whole Customs and International section of the airport could have been designed better, it doesn't make much sense to put the international gates in the narrowest part of the concourse considering int'l flights usually utilize the largest aircraft through an airport.
Current IAA leadership tends to make pretty good moves. The seating change that was just made was NOT one of those good moves. That was not well thought out at all. I think the international gates design mess was the brain child of the BAA. I believe they are the ones that insisted on this attached terminal concept, making up a cost increase of $178 million (I believe that was the number) to go with a detached terminal concept. They cited the people mover as the main part of the cost increase. Highly unlikely. They put international gates in the worst possible spot. They basically painted themselves in a corner. They gave the least amount of room for seating and then put the customs and border protection area in the smallest part of the terminal as well. They had absolutely no vision. I can't help but think that if the BAA had gone with the detached terminal concept, we wouldn't be having those issues today. Not only did they go with the worst possible concept for international arrivals, they altered the midfield terminal plan and reduced the space for customs even more. They took the limited space to work with and moved the baggage claim into it. Baggage claim was originally supposed to be out with the rest of the baggage claims. I have no idea how the IAA will fix this mess.