Portlander wrote:The latest information I have received places the FIS in the "hidden" space across from Gate 5, where it was completely built out for Customs but never had the opportunity to be utilized just prior to 9/11. The TSA then arrived and gutted everything and turned the area into their current offices where I was actually working at the time. It appears that the TSA has signed off and will move to the upper level mechanical offices/former restaurant on the far eastern part of the terminal to accommodate the FIS. The jetport is waiting for funding to commence this project and is optimistic it will come through in the near future.
As much as I was hoping that the terminal would be physically extended beyond Gate 11, it appears that the two new jetways will be connected to an elevated enclosed walkway similar to Gate 1. This approach is becoming more common with airports in order to save money and it has been determined that there is ample passenger holding space at that end of the concourse. The apron has already been fortified and painted and once the funds are available the transition should be effortless. When completed, it will give PWM 12 jetways for larger aircraft and 2 additional smaller loading bridges (Gate 1A/B) for regional jets.
Hope that answers your questions and I'll give any updates as they come along.
Thank you so much for the update! Im from Maine and visit frequently, especially in and out of the Jetport. So good to hear of the expansion!