Since I originally drew BWI in 2015, Concourse E (the northernmost concourse) underwent an expansion. As this was one of my earlier-drawn terminals and had some parts I wasn’t happy with, I took the opportunity to entirely redraw BWI.
I’ve made a small update to DTW – a few of the piers on the old North Terminal were removed, so I changed my silhouette to match.
As with many of my other updates, DFW is one of the earlier terminals I drew, and was not as high quality as I wanted it to be. I’ve now redrawn it completely from scratch, and also captured some minor terminal construction that had taken place since my original drawing in 2015.
As I redrew DFW, I learned that terminals A, B, C, and E were not quite as similar as I originally thought. D (as the newest terminal) is very obviously different, but I’d assumed the other four were all basically similar half-circles. Instead, I found that C and E were actually very slightly elliptical, while A and B did indeed appear to be circular.
Additionally, I’d assumed that the Skylink train stations (highlighted in black) on all terminals except D were symmetrical and in the same position on each terminal. That turned out not to be the case. Each terminal had its stations at a different distance from the center of the terminal’s circle (essentially, the stations stuck out more from some terminals than others) and in the case of Terminal A, even the two stations on the same terminal stuck out different distances. Terminals B and C were vertically symmetrical in their placement of stations (the stations were at the same angle from the center of the terminal’s arc), but A and E were not.
DFW certainly has one of the most recognizable terminal shapes, so it was a neat one to recreate.
It’s been a while since I flew through SLC, so when I flew through last week, I noticed right away that there were some extra concourses nearly on top of the existing terminals.
It turns out that SLC is building a pair of replacement concourses on the site of the existing concourses. It looks like their intent will be to move existing flights from the existing concourses C/D/E/F/G to the new concourses A and B, tear down C/D/E/F/G, and then possibly expand A and B to the east.
Because of the work in progress, for the first time, I’ve created two terminal silhouettes in the same drawing – the old terminal before any construction started (circa 2015), and the combined site with both the old and new facilities intertwined. I suspect I’ll eventually also add the final configuration to this image once construction is complete, and perhaps some more intermediate steps if I can find appropriate reference materials.
ATL has undergone some minor construction since I drew my original ATL silhouette in 2015.
I took the opportunity to redraw ATL, since there were a lot of details I was unhappy with on the original drawing. There were a lot of mistakes I’d made in the drawing due to lack of experience, and I never did like having all the emergency exit stairs cluttering the silhouette. The result is a much cleaner silhouette.
While it’s not an airport, the Orange County Convention Center campus in Orlando, Florida is a similarly sprawling complex.
How sprawling? Well, it’s bigger than LAX!
HEL is my final new terminal this year which was undergoing significant construction – terminals 1 and 2 were both being expanded.
As with FLL and FAY, I couldn’t solely use imagery in order to do this one; I couldn’t find any high-quality imagery for the above expansion points. For references, I also ended up having to use as many photos and videos of the airport as I could find. YouTube videos of people filming out the window while taking off, landing, and taxiing were particularly helpful.
My favorite part of this terminal is probably the 7-shaped portion on the right; I like that they chose to effectively create a pair of linear terminals, each parallel to their nearest runway.
This has apparently been the year where I decided to collect airports under construction – not just FAY, but FLL (and HEL, which I still need to draw). FAY was replacing half of the airside concourse when I first flew through there earlier this year.
I’ve been waiting for aerial image sources showing the new concourse, but with it reaching the end of the year, I had to start looking for other sources, and eventually came across the Fayetteville Airport twitter feed, which had a nice drone video of the terminal construction.
Between that, the outdated imagery, and photos I could find of the project, I was able to piece together enough information to properly draw the terminal.