Major work was done at the international airport over the past few weeks, including giving the terminal building a massive face-lift, finishing work on the third runway, re-working taxi exits from the runways, and reducing the number of gates and carriers at the international concourse. As part of the upgrade process, the airport was re-named and its designation changed.
Welcome to Robert Gould Shaw International Airport (RGS).
Average Passengers Per Day: 225,000
Total Passengers in 2011: 82,125,000
Projected Passengers in 2012: 85,000,000
Domestic Gates: 178
International Gates: 22
Total Gates: 200
Daily Average Arrivals/Departures: 2,650
RGS is a major hub for KLM, Delta/Northwest, United/Continental, Lufthansa, and US Airways. These carriers fly aircraft of all sizes, from the CRJs and Embraers to 747 and A340s, servicing destinations all over the world.
The newly renovated terminal building has the largest security checkpoint currently in existence, with more than 50 lanes. This allows passengers to move out of the terminal to the concourses very rapidly, minimizing frustration and long waits. The terminal building also features a large mall area with a wide variety of shops and boutiques, as well as several areas for passengers with long lay-overs to rest and relax while waiting for their next flight.
(Note that the terminal is at the edge of the city map. By splitting the airport between two cities in the region, I not only spread the benefits of the gate income, but also mitigate the spatial problems associated with large airports).
The addition of the third runway and enlarged taxiway junctions make ground operations much smoother for all size planes. Planes queuing up for takeoff on the two north/south runways include those from Lufthansa, KLM, Delta, Spirit, American, Qantas Link, and United.
As part of the terminal remodel, the RyanAir and Alaska Airlines gates received a much more streamlined look and a better entry to the taxiway. A few late arrivals to the morning bank from Lufthansa, AirTran, and American Airlines.
A view of the eastern gates for US Airways on the lefthand side of the terminal building. The train station at the southern end of the terminal also received a face-lift. The four-platform station provides regular service to the region's mass-transit network and is a key means of keeping car traffic down on the roads surrounding the airport.
And lastly, a view of the A, B, and C domestic concourses. Concourse A serves British Airways and US Airways; Concourse B serves Lufthansa and KLM; and Concourse C serves United/Continental and Delta/Northwest.
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