San Jose airport to close its oldest terminal

(Mineta San Jose International Airport)

January 29, 2010 12:13:17 PM PST
Beginning Tuesday, changes will be afoot at Mineta San Jose International Airport with the closing of the airport's oldest terminal and the early partial opening of a new terminal.

The changes will affect passengers currently arriving on Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, US Airways, and Frontier Airlines. Beginning Tuesday, their luggage will arrive at the new Terminal B carousels, next door to the Terminal C ticketing counters.

The use of Terminal B is temporary, lasting only until Terminal C, the airport's oldest terminal, closes this summer for demolition. The space will be cleared for a surface parking lot to serve Terminal B.

Frontier Airlines will be moved to Terminal A in March. The remainder of airlines in Terminal C will likely be relocated to Terminal A or Terminal B when it opens.

Airport officials believe this is a necessary step to complete the airport's new loop roadway that runs in front of the terminals.

Terminal B will officially open in June, with the first flight scheduled to take off June 30. In the meantime, work will continue behind temporary walls in the building.

"Using Terminal B now instead of installing temporary equipment in Terminal C helps us reduce the overall construction cost of our modernization program," airport deputy director Dave Maas said in a statement. "It will be a nice opportunity for travelers and the public to get an early peek at the inside of this beautiful new building before we open it altogether."

The changes are a part of Mineta San Jose International Airport's $1.3 billion terminal area improvement program, involving the modernization and replacement of the airport's terminal facilities, including the construction of Terminal B and Terminal B concourse that will take the place of Terminal C, originally built in 1965. The program also includes transformation of Terminal A to be completed in February.