flyfresno wrote:Not sure if either of you two commented on the master plan, but I sent a long email about how ridiculous I think it is that one of the master plan’s main goals is to not produce a “series of disjointed projects,” but then goes on to propose just that. No one is asking for SMF’s giant terminal, but the lower airside level is showing its age, and adding just two gates (phase 1) behind the current ticket counters is, IMHO, far too conservative, especially considering these numbers. Adding 4 (jetway) gates behind the ticket counters, 3 of which are int’l capable, should be in the works right now at a bare minimum.
I have not had this confirmed by anyone, but my guess is there were concerns (safety or security) about passenger access to the current FIS if a larger expansion was built all at once. A 3 or 4 gate expansion would put a construction zone completely between the arriving international aircraft ramp and the current FIS.
In the recommended plan I notice that there is a temporary vertical access from the proposed phase 1 new gates to the FIS. Then in the plan after the second phase gate expansion one of 1st phase gates is relocated slightly east and that temporary vertical access removed.
If they use the current recommended plan, my opinion is the phase 2 gate expansion should be larger instead of just adding 1 intl/domestic swing gate and more FIS space.