Replacement Terminal Environmental Assessment
14. What is the basis for the size of the Replacement Terminal?
The sizing of the proposed terminal is based on many factors. The existing terminal is approximately 29,000 square feet in size, including the remote baggage claim building, and services four aircraft parking positions. The existing facility is significantly undersized and does not offer a level of service to passengers that is expected in air travel in 2019. The proposed terminal is being programmed and designed based on industry standards and guidelines for the various components of the building, as well as the actual needs of the Airlines, Airport Operations, TSA, Sherriff, Concessions, and the comfort of the traveling public. The size of the terminal under design will be between 125,000 and 140,000 square feet and be able to accommodate four aircraft parking positions at a higher level of service to the traveling public, while also anticipating the modest level of air carrier growth that is expected over the next 20 years based on the Master Plan and Forecasts.
Airline and operations growth in the current economy, particularly at airports the size of TTN with similar market characteristics, is entirely based on the profitability of the routes an airline offers and serves. The ability for other airlines to enter a market and compete has many factors, some of which are the location and access to other airports, airline operations and hubs at other local or regional airports, the location of TTN within the Northeast air traffic control pattern, and the layout and configuration of the airfield which restricts aircraft sizes and range of service. There may be other airlines that may enter or leave, as Allegiant has done, but those shifts, as well as changes to aircraft sizes and load factors (percentage of seats occupied on flights) are included in the overall forecast data and modest increase in operations for air carriers.