When completed in 2001, this major international and domestic hub will showcase the best ideas in terminal design and advanced technology to accommodate a high rate of transferring passengers to commuter and regional jet flights. The project encompasses a drop-off and ticketing pavilion, connector bridge, a 99-gate concourse, operations tower, underground tunnel, retail and dining, as well as international passenger processing.
Sheer size and program complexity are addressed by a design of restraint and simplicity. Glass curtain walls introduce natural light and provide dramatic views.
Northwest's goal was to maximize passenger comfort and convenience as well as operational efficiency. Movement along the terminal's one mile length is expedited by innovative people and luggage moving technology. The concourse itself uses an innovative elevated people mover with cars riding above the gates, allowing passengers to view the aircraft outside and the gate lounges inside.