Moderators: jsumali2, richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
User avatar
USAirFLL
Topic Author
Posts: 11
Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:40 am

PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:44 pm

Does anyone have any memories or pictures of Palm Beach International prior to the current terminal opening in 1988? Was interested in the previous terminal complex and was able to find a few pictures online and on the Sunshine Skies page. I know it was built in phases between 1966 and the Delta Terminal in 1974. At some point jetways we’re hung on the main terminal as I recall. By deregulation it was busting at the seams and a new terminal project was started just to the west of it. I flew out of it a couple times in the mid 80’s just before it was replaced. I remember it being small but it was unique as well. Lots of flights to the northeast.

Thanks
 
phllax
Posts: 612
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:53 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:13 pm

This site will have more info: http://golldiecat.tripod.com/pbi.html

You can also see the old terminal in Police Academy 5.
 
jfk777
Posts: 7371
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:23 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:49 am

Living in West Palm since the 1970's its been great watching PBI develop and grow. The 1988 terminal definitely made PBI a big city airport with about 30 jet bridges. Over the years many airlines have come and gone, Southwest and Jetblue are among the bigger operators now. There were plans to add a second parallel runway but those never came to fruition. Where does PBI expand from here ? I don't have the answer, the location of the old terminal is an employee parking lot. Jetblue is launching a nonstop to LAX. Hope it works.
 
dfwjim1
Posts: 2454
Joined: Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:46 pm

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:02 am

jfk777 wrote:
Living in West Palm since the 1970's its been great watching PBI develop and grow. The 1988 terminal definitely made PBI a big city airport with about 30 jet bridges. Over the years many airlines have come and gone, Southwest and Jetblue are among the bigger operators now. There were plans to add a second parallel runway but those never came to fruition. Where does PBI expand from here ? I don't have the answer, the location of the old terminal is an employee parking lot. Jetblue is launching a nonstop to LAX. Hope it works.


I live in South Florida and really like PBI. Would love to see the Airport get service to/from Europe some day.
 
jfk777
Posts: 7371
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:23 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:09 am

London would be great from PBI. With the recent move of Norwegian from FLL to MIA for their Gatwick flight a PBI flight seems a long time to come. If FLL can't make Europe work PBI is more challenged. Orlando is the next airport northward to have flights to Europe. A Delta flight to either CDG or AMS with a 767-300ER though would be an idea which could work.
 
2travel2know2
Posts: 2962
Joined: Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:01 pm

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:35 pm

PBI slowly is getting demographics on its side to attract some kind of demand for Latin American flight long before any European.
Lets wait until CM returns to FLL and consolidates almost twice daily so PBI (and hopefully RSW and JAX too) could draw some attention for at least a 3-4 weekly the days it has major demand between PTY hub and MIA/FLL/TPA/MCO.
IMHO, in the near future, PBI might also support some kind of service to KIN/MBJ, PAP, STI/SDQ/PUJ, SXM, CUN.
I'm not on CM's payroll.
 
jmc1975
Posts: 3065
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2000 10:57 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:02 am

Is it just me, or does it appear that the PBI terminal was only built out to about 2/3 of its full design? Symmetrically, it looks like there should be wing on the east side.
.......
 
MaverickM11
Posts: 18210
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2000 1:59 pm

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:24 am

You can look at departedflights for a map:

http://www.departedflights.com/PBI87.html

It'd be nice to see an aerial picture because I remember the building but not quite how it fit on the field. Crazy to think that even the current terminal had a lineup of L10s every morning in the 90s!
I don't take responsibility at all
 
User avatar
whisperjet727
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:48 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:21 am

I practically lived in that terminal 1970-1984. The original terminal sat just east of where the present terminal sits. On Apple Maps you can see what seems to be the original footprint. The delta terminal was just northwest of the 1966 building.
 
User avatar
whisperjet727
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:48 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:23 am

There was a wing on the east side. It contained the outdoor baggage claim for delta, United and National. As well as car rental offices.
 
phllax
Posts: 612
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:53 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:24 am

MaverickM11 wrote:
You can look at departedflights for a map:

http://www.departedflights.com/PBI87.html

It'd be nice to see an aerial picture because I remember the building but not quite how it fit on the field. Crazy to think that even the current terminal had a lineup of L10s every morning in the 90s!


That gate assignment map was a plan at best only. During high season the main terminal was so busy, that with the exception of the Eastern gates, almost all the other gates were assigned on a per flight basis based on which one was available at that time. When AL first came to PBI they originally used gate 8, which didn’t have a jetway, but over time used anything from 1-4. TWA was using gate 8 by the end as I remember the carpet wall tapestry and ground level hold room. Sometimes it was so busy it was like stuffing 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag.

jmc1975 wrote:
Is it just me, or does it appear that the PBI terminal was only built out to about 2/3 of its full design? Symmetrically, it looks like there should be wing on the east side.


That is correct, it was built to accommodate what would be a concourse “D” to the east if needed.
 
User avatar
whisperjet727
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:48 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:39 am

The original plan was United Delta Hayes 1-2. National gates 3-4. Eastern gates 5-6-7. Mackey and Shawnee gates 8-9. I don’t remember where Bahamas Airways fit in. But I sure remember the sound of those pink BAC 1-111s on blast off. And not to mention the Delta 880s. Every time one took off we thought the roof was coming down. (We lived in Palm Beach. Directly below).
 
User avatar
USAirFLL
Topic Author
Posts: 11
Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:40 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:35 pm

I only flew out of the main terminal. Seem to recall the gates were on the second level mezzanine. Limited concessions were available. The Delta terminal was the only other building that had jetways.
 
departedflights
Posts: 153
Joined: Fri May 25, 2018 2:50 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:43 pm

I was able to access this old, wonderful site via the wayback machine internet archives... See if this link works for you:

https://web.archive.org/web/20051223020 ... beach.html
The opinions are expressed are my own and do not represent those of anyone else, including my coworkers or my employer.
 
User avatar
whisperjet727
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:48 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:19 pm

Yes. Originally the gates were first level hard stands. Jetways were added to the upper level some time around 1973 I think when PBI started seeing NA DC10s and EA L-1011s. Probably when they realized the difficulties in boarding 36 wheelchairs with stairs!
 
727LOVER
Posts: 8633
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:22 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:37 am

Join this group....lots of old aerials. The 2 airports that I have been waiting to see aerials of are DCA & PBI
About 2 weeks ago, some old aerial & ground shots of DCA showed up.....still waiting on PBI

Seen lots of great stuff from ICT, ATL, IAH & more !!!!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/airporthistory


If that link doesn't work, it's called AIRPORT HISTORY LOUNGE
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
727LOVER
Posts: 8633
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:22 am

Re: PBI 1970’s & 1980’s

Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:45 am

If you go to that competing website (you know the one)...type in Palm Beach Airport...go to page 5 (as of today, Sep 26, 2020)...there's 4 shots from the 1960s
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos