748iDEN wrote:mcg wrote:intotheair wrote:
I think that would be really hard to do. There'd be no way of separating international arriving passengers in B and getting them back to the terminal short of building an express line train and separate platform (which would be excessive) or bussing them back on the apron (which is not glamorous.) If UA really wanted FIS in its own concourse, then UA could maybe take over a chunk of A again and boot DL/AA/NK/F9/B6/G4/SY to another concourse when it's time to build another one in 10-15 years. By that point, UA will have overgrown a fully-expanded B and would need to split up into at least two concourses. The question is whether those airlines would be willing to move (even to a brand new concourse) and/or whether UA would be willing to pay them to move. I doubt AA and DL would be too keen on moving out of A, but between them, the other airlines, and UA, I'm sure something could be worked out.
I suppose another option would be if DEN goes along with the East and/or West concourse plan, in which case either or both of those concourses could have a FIS facility. But if UA needs to occupy space in two concourses, they'd probably want them to at least be adjacent. Connecting from B to East/West would not be ideal.
I think they could simply set up the new gates on either end of B with an FIS 'segregation system' (for lack of a better phrase). Passengers get of the plane, go thru the arrival process (i.e. customs, immigration, and security) then simply reenter the main B concourse. This is what they do at IAD. The biggest problem would be cost, the extra gates would be more expensive and you'd have to convince the folks who operate the FIS to staff the new location.
Yeah that's kind of what I was thinking by having passengers be able to re enter through B which should save a lot of time and be even more convenient unless I'm missing something here. I'd imagine that the cost could be easily justifiable by UA/LH given the amount of traffic that is going through.
Exactly. Definitely not overly in-depth. Make it so some gates can be segregated (think the south side of A that were connected to the FIS a few years ago), and build an FIS facility. It seems like either south or north of the center core of B would be ideal and has plenty of room. After passengers clear the FIS, there would be 2 more steps, 1) rechecking checked baggage to either a connecting flight or to a local carousel in the main terminal, and 2) re security screening the passengers. This is already done with ATL concourse E intl arrivals and at IAD.