Originally Posted by Kngkyle
^ thats a great design. I think you made it a little too big though. That is probably enough for all the passenger operations not just United. As you're well aware, United and American are unlikely to support expansion if it means more gates for LCCs. I'd love for them to just demolish all the terminals and build that though, too bad it can't really be done and would cost a ton.
Looking at the scale you used, that terminal would have about 250 gates. Right now all of the terminals total 182 gates. So way more than is realistic.
Thanks for the feedback. Size wise though, that new terminal is 150 gates, easily countable with the scaled jets lined up (including 40 regional jets), not 250. Taking away the original demolished terminals 1 and 2 (which combined have 87 gates), the new design brings the total gates from your number of 182 to 245, for a total of just 63 new gates.
The new design is modeled to rival delta's hub in Atlanta. It's essentially a Delta hub laid on top of the old terminals 1 and 2. Nothing outrageous compared to what's being built in Dubai, Beijing, etc.
The numbers are also modest, a million flights per year (compared to the current 900K and 90-100 million passengers, compared to the current 70 million).
I really think this terminal is doable with 3 billion dollars, minus road improvements and/or western access. Perhaps the new United/Continental would be interested in something like this, if they don't, another city WILL build something similar and take the traffic.