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Sacramento to open $1bn terminal this week

Sacramento International Airport’s new $1 billion Terminal B is due to open this Thursday (October 6), on time and on budget.

Sacramento International Airport’s new $1 billion Terminal B is due to open this Thursday (October 6), on time and on budget.


The new facility is made up of two buildings – landside and airside – that are connected by two automated people movers.


The landside building houses the ticket halls and is closest to the parking area while the airside building houses the gates and jetways.


When it opens, Terminal B will have 19 gates, six more than the 1967 terminal it replaces, and will have 11 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint lanes, nearly double the existing number.


According to the World Interior Design Network, the terminal features several artworks on which the authorities have spent nearly 3% of the total budget. These include mosaics and a sculpture of a rabbit.


Meanwhile, there will be a new seating arrangement in the terminal, creating more space for passengers, while each seat will provide and electrical outlet to charge devices such as laptops and mobile phones.


Wireless internet will also be free in the terminal, and there will be a number of new retail shops and restaurants.


The terminal will start operations at 6am on Thursday, and will house the airlines Southwest, American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, and Horizon Airlines.


The new United Continental Airlines will move into Terminal A.


After the move, the old terminal will be demolished to make room for parking and additional ramp space, the airport said.

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