Terminal Hopping at San Jose Airport

Outdated landing zone into Silicon Valley going through more growing pains

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The ever-changing face of Mineta San Jose International Airport takes a leap next week when it's out with the old and in with the new.

    Starting next week, passengers arriving at one of the airport's oldest terminals will be heading over to the brand-spanking new terminal to pick up their luggage.

    The changes will affect passengers currently arriving on Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, US Airways, and Frontier Airlines. Beginning Tuesday, their bags will arrive at the new Terminal B carousels, next door to the Terminal C ticketing counters.

    The use of Terminal B is temporary, lasting only until Terminal C,  the airport's oldest terminal, closes this summer for demolition. The space  will be cleared for a surface parking lot to serve Terminal B.

    Frontier Airlines will be moved to Terminal A in March. The remainder of airlines in Terminal C will likely be relocated to Terminal A or Terminal B when it opens.

    The confusing move is necessary to complete the airport's new loop roadway that runs in front of the terminals, airport officials believe.

    The changes are a part of Mineta San Jose International Airport's  $1.3 billion terminal area improvement program, involving the modernization  and replacement of the airport's terminal facilities, including the  construction of Terminal B and Terminal B concourse that will take the place  of Terminal C, originally built in 1965. The program also includes  transformation of Terminal A to be completed in February.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.