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Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:19 am

What's the smallest airline terminal you've ever seen? I'm going to have to vote for EFD (Houston / Ellington Field). The terminal looks slightly bigger than one of those trailers you'd see being hauled by an 18-wheeler down the highway!
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:23 am

Hey,
I believe that Jackson, TN (MKL) may be the smallest. It has only two or three daily flights to STL on J31's. I flew there one time in a Dutchess and saw the terminal.. It is tiny, and the parking lot holds maybe 50 cars. No long lines I suppose....
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:26 am

Don't know the code for it, but Treasure Cay in the Bahamas. One room for arrivals (with customs), one room for departures.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:33 am

I would say Waco, Tx has to be getting right on down there for a commercial airport, at least in my travels.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:39 am

The smallest terminal I've ever traveled through was Friday Harbor, WA.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:53 am

PSM (Portsmouth,NH) has a small terminal that features the decent-sized Pan Am counter (maybe 5 check in positions), gift store, small cafe, and one gate featuring a jetway. Nice little facility with free parking.


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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:02 pm

Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Augusta in Maine have quite small terminals. BHB is the largest and it has a rental car counter. the others just have a US aiways express an a single security station with a waiting area with a couple benches.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:14 pm

Okie, if Waco is the smallest terminal you've seen, consider yourself lucky. ABI's is a little bigger; it actually has jetbridges and a two-level design.

San Angelo (SJT) is also pretty small. Killeen (ILE) is also tiny, but it is almost finished with a brand-new joint civilian/military airport that should be great for the region. Tyler (TYR) was small, but just finished a new terminal that is much more spacious. I would imagine that Longview (GGG) is pretty small, but I've never been there. Brownwood (BWD), which only gets three Mesa B1900s per day, is probably also tiny.

No commercial service here, but checkout Georgetown -- just an hour south of Waco:


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I'd love to see pictures of EFD if anyone has them -- does the terminal really resemble a trailer?

 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:18 pm

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Smallest one I have seen was Bora Bora in Tahiti.
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:40 pm

anyone know about Owensboro, KY? 1 daily STL flight. All I can think of now
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:48 pm

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica...looked like a city bus stop... a covered bench (field is serviced by SANSA Caravans)

Greg
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:51 pm

Prescott, AZ (PRC) is like somebody's living room....it even has a gas log fireplace! Of course, there are also 3x daily America West Express departure to both Kingman (IGM) and Phoenix (PHX).
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:58 pm

Watson Island is very small but they are making a new three story terminal soon with a museum. Only two rooms on with a small check in counter and about 20 seats and some vending machines. Then the parking lot fits like atleast 200 cars since it is grass but maybe on a very busy day 10 will park there. They due have a trailor for customs.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:34 pm

Yes sir Ssides,
Georgetown looks pretty small and from looking at the different style blocks on the outside walls and different roof drain elevations I would say somewhere along the way it had been doubled in size. I believe my lawnmower and motorcycle shed is larger that that, and looks better also.

Okie
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:44 pm

The smallest ATB I've ever been is YSR - Nanisivik, Nunavut. It's not much more than a tine shack.

Here's a pic I took of it on jetphotos.net

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=161570

(shameless plug...lol...just wish I knew how to post j.net photos directly into an a.net thread)
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:50 pm

I would have to say that Bimini is pretty small but the ultimate I would have to say would be Barra, Scotland. It is literally a shack on the beach.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:57 pm

Back in the early 70's I stopped at GGG (Tyler, Tx) and at the time they had no air service, but had a small terminal. You could look through the dusty windows and see the ticket counter with "Trans-Texas-Airways" sign over it. The terminal was closed and abandoned. I wonder if it is still there. But they had a 10,000 ft runway! I always wondered why?
MLU and the old SHV were pretty small. They had the old "cattle trough" design.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:06 pm

I would have to go with Ssides comment about ABI, in Abilene, TX, only before they just renovated the terminal area. It had one room for all departures and arrivals, with all luggage tossed onto a 3' slide to the waiting hands of the passengers! Very first class!

Although, SJT, in San Angelo, TX, sure has tried to become a mainstream terminal, but for no real reason...only 3-4 passenger flights a day. It has a wonderful diner inside, though, which the town frequents as the best place to eat. I will admit, it has always been a nice stop going from IAH to ABI or anywhere else up north!
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:09 pm

GGG is Longview-Killgore (Gregg County Airport). TYR is Tyler. There is actually a decent sized terminal in Tyler. My wife used to fly out of there when she was in college. They have a small restaurant and an open air viewing terrace although the only things to see are AA Eagle Saabs and Co Express Brasillas (op by Skywest).
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:05 pm

Parsons, KS. Used to have Central Airlines, which merged with Frontier, then was turned over to Air Midwest. I think there were four flights. Two southbound from Kansas City that went on to Dallas via Ponca City, OK, and two northbound.

The terminal had 1 ticket counter, a waiting room with about 10 seats, an office for the agent, and that was about it.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:37 pm

Hana, HI (HAN??) on the west side of Maui is TINY. Has a small gravel parking lot and no more than 3 flights per day. The terminal has room for a tiny rental car counter and checkin counter and that is it.

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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:50 pm

The smallest Commercial Terminal I know of is my 'hometown' airport of Lebanon, NH (KLEB/LEB). Basically the boarding lounge is right next to the ticket counter, and you go through Secuirty when it's time to board. It does have a small coffee shop, and is served by US Airways Express (operated by Colgan Air)
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:58 pm

Ran a casino junket out of Comox BC, Canada a few years ago. The terminal was too small to hold the passengers and the tour group operator did the passenger check-in on the hood of her car.

I was told that the Mens's room was larger than the lobby of the terminal with only three pieces of porcelain.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:21 pm

Oshkosh, WI. The field is large (has to be for the Airventure) but the terminal for rutine passenger service is fairly small. Last I knew, they had a couple United Express flights (I believe Great Lakes) in and out of there to ORD.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:57 pm

HIO does not have a lounge but the only company that uses it anymore is Intel. They have two car rental desks and a door to the tarmac. Arlington OR has two single-wide trailers that seem to serve no purpose at all as only crop-dusters are the only things that fly out of there. PDT has not re-modeled their terminal since the mid-1970s. Three flights a day on QX. One door to the waiting area and the next door goes to the tarmac. ALW has two gates but only three flights a day to SEA on QX.

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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 9:49 pm

The smallest i have ever been through was Samos in Greece. Their old terminal. It had 1 room for arrivals that wasnt big enough for everyone. We ended up queing from the planes steps for our bags. Then checking in it had 3 check in desks and we had to que outside the terminal. People had to mingle around the checkin desks while other people were already on the plane. Soooo small. I belive they have now got a new terminal building but still quite small.

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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 9:58 pm

The smallest air terminal I have seen is HII (Lake Havasu City, AZ). I have seen Starbucks that are bigger than their terminal building. They only have 2-3 flights per day on HP Express to PHX and the security check point opens about 10min prior to departure. When I flew out of there prior to 9/11 one of the America West employees was doing the screening. Not sure if that is still the case though. Once you went through security you basically walked right out onto the tarmac. The baggage claim was als0 just a metal shelf that had a window from the tarmac and again one of the CSA's just stuck the bags through the window. There are no stores or food concessions at all. Must say you don't need to be there anymore than 30mins prior to flight.

Dave
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:16 pm

This is funny. I guess you can tell who's from Arizona!

I've been to both PRC and HII, and I'm thinking that PRC is much, much smaller. HII could actually be a decent little terminal for traffic, if they hadn't built the airport such thatit ends in a MOUNTAIN!

And yes, this is the new, improved, airport, after they moved it off the "island." It's true that they didn't have a lot of choice, although they could have moved it a couple of miles farther south, I believe.

Okay. I'll stop the rant.  Smile

But PRC is way smaller...kinda more like a rental car counter than a terminal. Unless you count the restaurant...but that's not really fair, since the restaurant used to only be accessible from the outside.

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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:05 pm

Smallest I've ever seen is Alpena, MI (APN). It has one check in desk, one rental car desk, a bathroom, and a gate area about the size of my bedroom closet. It's really alot like a house with no walls. The cool thing about when I was there was you rang a bell at the NW counter for service and a rampie would come in from outside, complete with earmuffs and vest, and help you out.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:32 pm

My hometown airport of Adelaide (YPAD) is pretty damn small, the smallest i've been in. Only 6 planes can dock at any one time and this is an INTL airport.

Just a question for you Americans, specifically South Texans. How does Corpus Christi airport rate in terms of size and airlines serving it? I'm curious.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:35 pm

The smallest terminal I've been to has to be CLD (Carlsbad, CA). I swear it was a mobile home or something. The second smallest would be EYW (Key West). For the amount of flights, it was really small...
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:03 am

Ushuaia - Malvinas Argentinas (Islas Malvinas) (USH / SAWH) in Argentina, the most southern airport in the world, have the smallest terminal with airbridges which I know of.
This tiny little airport gets 747's once in a while and even has seen the Concorde a few times.

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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:16 am

London Luton Airport, take a look at the new terminal, very small, rumour has it, it has an upstairs above check in which will be new departure gates with jetways, be interesting to see if this happens.

Glenn
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:35 am

Flairport:
I remember OWB- Owensboro, KY very well. It had four airlines serving it, but not at the same time. Ozark used to fly DC-9's in there YEARS ago, Allegheny Commuter, NW Airlink and now AA Eagle.  Smile
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:41 am

the smallest terminal Ive been in is the Trenton Mercer County Airport (Ewing NJ) It has one desk (US air Express) and a resturant/bar above it
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:47 am

lynchburg, va - two gates side by side. there is an escalator though!
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:51 am

St. Bartholemy Airport has an open air terminal that is tiny!
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:00 am

The smallest I've been to is Gothenburg City Airport GSE. It has one gate, at street level.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:13 am

As YOW pointed out the terminal in Nanisivik being as small as that, I would like to also point out that the majority of terminals in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon Territories are that size.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:20 am

Oak Harbor airport on Whidbey Island, WA is the smallest i've seen. It is literally a tiny wooden shack. I'm not even sure there was a restoom. Don't know if there is still commercial service, but I flew there from Seattle in 1994 on Harbor Airlines (operating as an Alaska Airlines commuter) on a 9-seater.

Provincetown, MA is another really small one room terminal, but compared to Oak Harbor, it looked like ATL.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:26 am

I could think of the tiny airports in the small Greek islands not excessively visited by tourists. In the winter season these don't get more than one or two weekly flights.

BF
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:57 am

GFK in good old Grand Forks ND gets my vote. 2 gates that share the same seating area. Serviced by Mesaba Saab 340 and 2 NW DC-9's. One fully loaded DC-9 will fill the entire gate area and still leave people standing around. This is also an international airport.
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:12 am

Along with all the ones in Texas the one in Clovis, NM was not much at. It was the size of the area been the front doors in many buildings(airtrap). It was a door then a counter and then a door. Seating was very limited and even some out on the ramp. I bet that have had to do something since. It does get a few Mesa Flights to ABQ a day.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:24 am

Positive Rate:
CRP has a new terminal, opened in 2002, with 6 gates and 24 daily flights (American Eagle to DFW, WN to HOU, CO to IAH, and DL to ATL and DFW). They will soon have a Chili's Too and a Whataburger in the terminal, according to their website, http://www.corpuschristiairport.com. Hope that helps

Texan
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:26 am

The smallest I have been was Bolzano in Italy.
It has 2 daily flights by Air A!ps to Rome.
It is quite modern but very small.
The terminal is on one floor and it even has no parking garage.
You have to park your car at the street beside the runway.
And at the hole way I didn't see any signboard for the airport.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:40 am

The smallest terminal I've ever been to is CMX or Houghton/Hancock MI. It's in the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula. Served by Mesaba to MSP. I beleive 2 flights daily. Reminded me of the terminal on the TV show Wings.
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:43 am

My hometown airport (HVN [New Haven, CT]) is pretty small. It's the smallest airport I have been to. In second place would be PSE (Ponce, Puerto Rico) and third place for me would probably be PLS (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands).
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 3:11 am



My vote goes for BIAK/BIK Irian Jaya Indonesia. Literally is just a
quonsionhut??? no jet bridges and they used to move B747s and DC10-30s
through there. You have to buzz the runway to make sure the locals are
clear before landing. Funniest story I heard was the day of the first
B747 arrival. There were approx 20,000 natives alongside the runway, as
they had never seen anything that big before. Aircraft just pulled into
a taxiway as no room to hard dock the plane
 
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:39 am

HELLO?

PVD757 hit the nail on the head

duh : KEY WEST (KEYW)

The other would be the old Charlottesville VA (KCHO) terminal which was a house with a control tower dropped on top. This thing was so small they had to expand it in 93 to make it into the "firehouse." they finally built a new terminal in 93 with a jetBridge for US Air who 6 months later dropped jetservice to the market.

cheers
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RE: Smallest Airline Terminal

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:54 am

I think the smallest terminal with scheduled services has to be Molololailai in Fiji. This is a hut without a front - in other words it is just a sort of tent with one side rolled up.

Anybody got any offers for the smallest terminal that handles scheduled wide bodies? I think I'd go for Rarotonga of the ones that I know

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