Thursday, July 1, 2010

Old Terminal C in SJC closes

Well its out with the old and in with the new at San Jose International Airport this week.

Gone is the old Terminal C (built in the 1960's) and IN is the new, fancy, probably overbuilt terminal B.  Terminal C was from a different era -- here is what I remember from it over the past 30 years, most of these have been shut down or are long gone -- replaced by "improvements":

- Super close-in short term parking (literally across the road from the terminal)
- Walkable Rental Car location next to Baggage claim (no buses, long "tram" rides)
- A real open-air Observation Deck
- Ticket counters located directly infront of bag holding areas (no long bag belts carrying your bags for miles)
- And course the open-air walk out to the plane 

Anyway, I know post-9/11 "security" and traffic growth changed the Airport facilities model forever. I just wish some of these airport managers would take into account some simple requirements for new improvements -- keep it simple and conveinent for travelers and airlines.

Some video from CBS5:

Photo of America West 737-100 (!) at SJC during the late 1980's

Airstairs used to board a Morris Air 737-300 at SJC