Originally Posted by Jdawgboy
You know I didn't consider the drop off and pick up area which is weird because I had to drop off and pick up in July and it was really hard to get into a spot. How in the world did they expect the current length of the lower and upper deck would be sufficient for a terminal with 45 or 50 gates? Doesn't look like there is any way for them to expand that and really they are going to have to do something.
Again the growth Austin is getting was very unanticipated, so the airport is suffering much like the highways we have. There doesn't appear to be a solution as simple as adding more space for drivers to drop off travelers. Perhaps encourage and expand public transportation/shuttling? Haha...
Even with a South Terminal (not the low-cost terminal), adding those midfield concourses (if they ever happen) would really challenge the current drop-off facilities. Perhaps if the airport decides to try this proposal, they could stick with just one midfield terminal and then build an airport elsewhere once the airport's final version reaches its limits.
Also Southwest is adding seasonal flights to Memphis; weekend flights in the winter, reduced to a Saturday (?) flight afterwards. Whoohoo I guess, lol.