Now that SFO officials have handed off the shiny new 10-gate, $138 million Boarding Area E (T3E) to United, what’s next?
TravelSkills snagged a few moments with San Francisco International Airport’s director John Martin to get the scoop on the big changes TravelSkills Readers can expect in coming months. Here’s what we learned:
>There’s still plenty of finishing work to be done at Terminal 3, such as the construction of a temporary United Club on the mezzanine level (opens this May) as well as a brand new one near Boarding Area E (opens 2015). Plus there’s that new American Express Centurion Club (opens later this year). There’s also the reconfiguration/rebuilding of the security check point entries (including a new Premier entrypoint) and finishing off the corridor that connects Boarding Area’s E and F. There will also be a new Global Services reception area (similar to the one that just opened in Newark).
>But starting now, the focus will be on updating the aging, bland Terminal 1, which is currently used by Alaska Airlines, AirTran, Frontier, Delta, Southwest, United Express and US Airways. Making way for a major re-build means moving some airlines around.
Between now and mid-May, United Airlines will slowly move most operations out of Terminal 1 and into Terminal 3. Goodbye and good riddance to those irritating under-airport shuttle rides!
Then, in July:
- Alaska Airlines will move out of Terminal 1 (Boarding Area B)and into the International Terminal (Boarding Area A).
- US Airways will move out of Terminal 1 (Boarding Area B) and into Terminal 1 (Boarding Area C), taking over Frontier’s gates. Boarding Area C is used primarily by Delta.
- Frontier will move from Boarding Area C into Boarding Area B
- All of Southwest and AirTran flights will be consolidated from the same gates in T1 (Boarding Area B). AirTran will be fully absorbed by Southwest by the end of this year and the brand will disappear.
What’s interesting here is that US Airways, which is merging with American Airlines, is NOT moving into American’s gates in Terminal 2 as we had expected. While that may sound a little messy, it won’t be too bad. That’s because the airport is now building a new post-security corridor that will connect Boarding Area C with Terminal 2. Opening this December, the new corridor should ease transfers between American and US Airways flights. This is big boost for Delta flyers cooling their heels in the somewhat drab Boarding Area C– they will now have access to all the excellent amenities of T2 that lie behind security.
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SFO has confirmed that a new airline lounge is under construction in Terminal 1 (Boarding Area C) that will be located between the current security checkpoint and Gate 41– above the general area where the new corridor connecting T2 and T1 will be. While one would assume that this lounge will be a Delta Sky Club, a Delta spokesperson would not confirm it.
Physical construction of the new control tower between Terminals 1 and 2 will be complete by the end of this year. Once complete, SFO turns the tower over to the FAA to install their equipment, train employees and test all of it before making it operational in late 2015.
What do you think about all the updates and improvements at SFO? Please leave your comments below.
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