Improve on planned airport improvements

Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First and foremost, the Juneau International Airport should have an outside building for inbound passengers to wait at the bus stop. That way, passengers would not have to cart their luggage outside and then wait for taxi service, unprotected from the weather.

Juneau should have an inbound taxi pickup line with two or three car spaces that begins at the end of the airport exit to serve inbound passengers and their luggage under cover.

A large Y-shaped luggage carousel is a big mistake that will have many problems. It will cost more time and money to operate such an old-fashioned ramp that has too many backup motors. Having only one ramp adds to confusion because many bags look similar in size and shape.

Having two smaller twin luggage carousels can be more efficiently run with one to two backup motors. The airport could use two luggage ramps right now. The ramps could be modified by the contractor who won the bid to build the airport luggage carousel. It should work well for all inbound passengers and airport personnel.

I have no idea why someone would want a huge Y-shaped carousel ramp in the first place. The airport is getting more boarding gates, so it stands to reason there should be more luggage carousel ramps with plenty of room for expansion in the future.

Place the ramps where they exist now. Two ramps offer a chance to separate the luggage from two different flights, reducing confusion.

Both small luggage ramps should be 12 feet apart and rotate toward the inside. Now this makes sense for us all.

Kathy Seale


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