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Amid Groundbreaking, RDU's Other Terminal An Eyesore

Posted March 31, 2006

— Although RDU International Airport is starting a major project with the Terminal C groundbreaking Friday, existing areas of the airport are drawing some unwanted attention.

Chairs, broken seats and old waiting areas are just a few of the thing passengers see when they come and go in Terminal A.

Images of the worn-out waiting chairs at Delta's gate A18 and Air Tran's gate A19 have been obtained by WRAL. The pictures, shot with a still camera, show furniture ready to be taken to the junkyard.

"The airlines are actually responsible for the furniture," RDU marketing manager Jill Denning said. "We have informed them that they need to fix it." If they don't, the airport authority says it will remove it.

WRAL has learned the airport authority has sent letters to several airlines including Delta, Continental, US Airways and Northwest, informing them they need to get rid of the rubbish -- and clean up Terminal A.

"The airport is really the engine that makes our business work," Raleigh Visitor and Convention Bureau President David Heinl said.

Since impressing visitors with the Raleigh area is Heinl's business, he's glad the authority is taking steps to clear out the mess.

"Quality is important not just for access, but for the image of the community," he said.

The airport authority says they have learned from this furniture situation and they tell WRAL all of the furniture inside the new Terminal C will belong to them.

The target completion date for Terminal C is sometime in 2010. When it's finished, it will be more modern, spacious, passenger friendly and the airport's primary terminal.


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