Twenty-nine years and four months after it opened at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the ugly blue box formerly known as Terminal A will serve its last passengers today. It will not be missed.
AirTran Airlines, with four daily flights to and from Atlanta, is the last carrier still operating in the big central section of what RDU now calls Terminal 1. After the last flights tonight leave at 7:59 p.m. and arrive at 11:40 p.m., the security checkpoint and bag-claim carousels will shut down.
Starting Tuesday, AirTran will be housed in the old north end of Terminal 1 -- sharing desk space, security checkpoint and baggage carousels with its new corporate parent, Southwest Airlines. AirTran will use Gate A24.
What happens next? RDU will close off the central section of Terminal 1 later this year in preparation for a $60 million makeover. ... [MORE]