Terminal Silhouettes: Updated CVG and ICT

Inevitably, with as many terminal silhouettes as I have in my library, some of the airports I’ve drawn will undergo construction.

Since I first drew CVG (Cincinnati), they tore down their old Concourse C, so I’ve created a new drawing with Concourse C removed:

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Likewise, while I was drawing ICT (Wichita), their old terminal was in the process of demolition. I’d initially indicated this by showing the old terminal as faded, but I’ve now gone ahead and completely removed it:

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https://www.pbogard.com/projects/terminal-silhouettes

 

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Terminal Silhouettes: ICT

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Wichita opened a completely new terminal last June, meaning that my trip this past week was the first time I’ve been in the new terminal.

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Baggage claim area of the new terminal of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport

Wichita, though having a rich aviation history, is not a huge air travel market. The new terminal completely replaces the old one.

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Old terminal of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

I did really like the old terminal; seeing that much brick in a functioning airport (both inside and outside) is rare nowadays.

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Interior of the old terminal

However, the old terminal was absolutely showing its age. In particular, this was an airport that was designed before modern security, meaning they had to wedge it in wherever it would fit, which in practice was the base of the T junction. This led to some extremely narrow hallways, crowded checkpoints, and a best-they-could-do TSA PreCheck that shared the X-ray with the standard checkpoint.

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What’s left of the main “T” junction of the old terminal, looking from the new one. The entire security checkpoint fit in what’s still standing.

So while I’m sorry to see the old terminal go, the airport needed a new terminal, and I’m just glad that I got to see the old building one last time.

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What remains of the old terminal is left and center, and the new terminal is behind and to the right.

 

2014 Year in Travel

2014 has been a record travel year.

2014 Flights

2014 Flight Map

I have flown on 86 flights this year, which has been my best year yet.

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In particular, the last four months of the year have had me traveling about three weeks a month; I’m on a high stakes program at work, and it’s been a particularly busy travel time for that program.

2014 Hotel Nights

2014-hotel

Hotel nights are up this year, too. From 2011 through 2013, I was doing a respectable amount of travel, but the phase of my program combined with budget cuts (and the 2013 federal furloughs and shutdown) had a serious effect on the number of nights I spent on the road. However, I moved to a higher priority program in mid-2013, so while our budget still isn’t great, the priority of the program and the acquisition phase we’re in means that mission-critical travel has climbed back up. In addition, I’ve had far more personal hotel nights this year than usual, an effect of taking a good number of weekend trips when I got the chance, plus a true vacation in the summer.

These stays ended up being:

  • 97 nights in Hilton brands
  • 2 nights in Marriott brands (a stay at the Gaylord Opryland)
  • 1 night in Wyndham brands (American Airlines put me up at a Baymont at the Charlotte airport)
  • 6 nights in a VRBO vacation home in Flagstaff I rented with some friends this summer
  • 1 night in military base lodging

New Airports

I’ve visited six new airports this year:

This put me at 54 total airports visited out of my 100 airport goal. I’m over halfway there!

Elite Status

End of Year Status 2014

I was able to reclaim Hilton HHonors Diamond this year – in fact, I hit the 60 nights required for Diamond in September, and ended the year with 96 elite-qualifying nights. In addition, I was able to hit United MileagePlus Gold for the first time (in fact, it’s the first time I’ve hit the second tier on any airline’s program).

Of Note

I had six unexpected overnight stays this year: