Last March, I began telling you about “The Airport Experience” — a major effort to make our airport more functional and passenger friendly. The plan is to carefully rehab Minoru Yamasaki’s landmark Main Terminal building and modernize the concourses, ticketing area, departure curb, arrival drive, concessions, baggage claim facilities, restrooms, security screening check points, and other passenger circulation areas. The whole plan will take about five years to complete, and will be paid for using $100 million of fees and other assessments from the airlines and airline passengers.
Some of the changes are already in place. The airport is already brighter and busier.
Today, Airport Director Richard Hrabko announced a very thoughtful element of the plan: a clean, safe place on the north side of the airport that will let people park for free while they wait for arriving passengers. When passengers are ready for pick-up, they can call their friends in the lot to drive over to the arrival curbs — hence, its name, Cell Phone Lot.
The Cell Phone Lot will be built on an existing parking lot, and will have new curbing, fencing, lighting, and landscaping. A large information board will give motorists a good source of information about arrivals. Mr. Hrabko says that the lot will be ready by the holiday travel season.