I tend to agree with this. The facilities at BTV are pretty good for that small of an airport, and the food is a popular local restaurant which is a big deal here. The new TSA checkpoint will be a major improvement, and today I saw that work is happening on the ramp south of the terminal so perhaps they are already getting started on that project. Aside from the previously mentioned wasted space potentially from both terminal expansions, I don't often complain about the airport itself.
What I do complain about, however, are routes. BTV has been on the short end of the all the recent major airline mergers losing flights to CVG, PIT, and CLE, and it doesn't feel like the legacies have made up for that with flights to their other hubs. We have lost a handful of other routes and carriers like MCO on B6 & G4, BWI on FL (Unrelated to the WN merger), and YTZ on PD. Then there's the pandemic related cutbacks. While I appreciate the efforts with F9, and legacy flights to DEN and DFW, it's hard to get super excited for a once or twice weekly flight. I fully understand this would not make good business sense, but purely from a passenger perspective, I'd be asking Southwest to name their terms and make it happen. I understand the desire for Florida flights, but I would even be happy with regular service into WN's network.
BTV has three restaurants and bars (normal times). They are all the skinny pancake but they still have three, one in each wing and one before security. Its the smallest airport I've ever seen which is open 24 hours, has a restaurant and store pre security. I think btv punches well above its weight!
BTV airport parking is great with walk to plane access. Theres always spots and it's covered. It's one of the real benefits of using the airport imho. Super easy and fast. Right now it's a 15 gate airport with three restaurants, three stores seems pretty great facilities to me? The walkway between the gates was a huge move in the right direction. BTV is def moving in the right direction
Thanks for the heads up! I don't have the hardware for an A.net quality photo, but I was able to get some good views from the top of the parking garage.
For those who are interested in these sorts of things, one of the Patriots' 767s is currently at BTV. It arrived last night (5/7) as Eastern 7506 and is currently on the FBO ramp.