Bangor International Airport has a new addition – a new passenger gate and jet bridge. The new gate area and the jet bridge were added in response to the increase in passengers over the last several years.
Airport Director, Tony Caruso stated, “Our passenger growth has been very strong in the last 10 years and the gate area expansion that we did in 2009 did not include a new jet bridge only additional passenger seating and post-security restrooms. In 2009 we had 372,220 passengers, in 2014 we had 489,977 and in 2015 477,244. 2016’s numbers will be in within the week and are expected to surpass the 2015 numbers since there were four record breaking months during the year.” He continued, “Additionally, the gate congestion on the airfield side for aircraft to park at a gate for boarding and deplaning became an issue a couple of years ago. We built a temporary connector to the International terminal so we could use a couple of those gates, but that was only a temporary solution. The new Gate 3 has better passenger amenities with new seating, proximity to restrooms and the café in addition to the new jet bridge.”
The new gate passenger area and the jet bridge cost BGR just over $1.9 million dollars, with 90% funded by the FAA Airport Improvement program, 5% by the Maine DOT, and 5% by airport funds. The new jet bridge is state of the art with many advanced features for the airline users, including enhanced safety measures such as backup camera and aircraft proximity sensors.
Bangor International Airport is a full-service regional airport offering non-stop, affordable flights to New York’s LaGuardia, Orlando/Sanford, Philadelphia, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington, DC and seasonally to Chicago and Newark. BGR is the leading airport for trans-Atlantic tech stops. The Airport is an enterprise funded entity operated by the City of Bangor and is supported solely through Airport generated revenue.