Now Departing at the San Jose Airport

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009  |  Updated 12:23 PM PDT
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A Lousy Time to Build a Great Airport?

Passengers will soon be using this terminal in San Jose.

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The wait is nearly over for the thousands of passengers waiting to see the brand new airport in San Jose.

Beginning Wednesday, five new gates will be officially open. Yep, that isn't a typo.  Five gates is the started point.

The entire $1.3 billion airport won't be complete until next summer, but this week will be the first time regular folks will be able to see a glimpse of the wonder that will be the new Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B.

The old airport was an embarrassment for many here in the high tech capitol of the world known as Silicon Valley.  It's hard to impress a client when they have to walk down stairs on to a tarmac on their way to their big Silicon Valley product pitch.

The new gates are for Southwest Airlines passengers to start.  Airport officials says if you get one of them you will need to pay some added attention to signage in order to find the right location for your flight.

You might also getting a little dusty along the way because you will be walking through the still unfinished portion of the terminal.

Once you get there you will be among the first to eat at the new San Jose Sharks restaurant.  Britannia Arms is next.

The big changes arrive of course in the middle of a down economy.  The airport has seen a 14-percent drop in passengers in the past year.

That isn't having an impact on the new terminal though, because that money has been set aside for years.
 

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