Benjamin K. Hedstrom International Airport
|Z13, -40.0224 °S, 159.9580 °E|
|Benjamin K Hedstrom International Airport|
|Began operation||September 29, 2009|
|14/32 (E / W)||3517m (E), 3501 (W)|
|Highways||Federal States FS-520|
|Long distance train lines||Aiport Express, Walpole-Hopkinton Submariner, Terminal E Handicap Shuttle|
|Suburban rail lines||Orange Line , Purple Line, Red Line Warwick Transit Authority|
Benjamin K. Hedstrom International Airport (commonly Warwick Airport or Hedstrom Airport; WAAT: BKH, ANACA: BAWW) is the busiest airport in the state of Penquisset, in the Federal States, and the fourth busiest airport in the country. The airport is located 8 km (5 mi) north of downtown Warwick, on the banks of the Winchester River. The Airport is both a domestic and international hub for PenqAir. The airport is named for Benjamin Hedstrom, the late transportation secretary of Warwick city that initially drafted the airport.
Warwick began booming as a city in the late 1900s and into the turn of the 21st century, and before that point commuters relied on traveling about 20 miles southwest to Stanton's airport in New Carnaby. Increased traffic and economic needs for the city prompted discussion of a new airport, which efforts were led by then current transportation secretary Benjamin Kanin Hedstrom. The city chose an old industrial site that had long since been defunct and began rapid construction of terminal A of the airport, which was completed in 2005. This allowed the well needed commercial traffic to arrive while the city could focus on gradually developing the rest of the airport, which was completed four years later in 2009, with three additional terminals. Terminal D was excluded by the architects as an artistic choice to use more unique lettering, i.e. the letters A/B/C/E.
In tandem to the construction of the airport, engineers worked on a train system to travel between the terminals quickly, several massive parking units, and a larger train station at Metropolitan Avenue near the right of way to the airport. A new dual rail right of way was built along Interstate 397 to Warwick Station to allow nonstop and rapid service to the Airport from the ArchRail station, subway hub, Pencross hub, and the subway line servicing the Stanton-Warwick corridor. The WTA Orange Line was also extended two stops North from Gloucebury, adding a station at Dover Highway (named Dover Highway), connecting to Airport Station.
In 2017 the Penquisset State Government began a feasibility study into the possible implementation of planes powered by solar energy. This project would require upgrades to the existing airport infrastructure, as well as new infrastructure to manage the distribution of alternating current power.
There have also been proposals by some organizations to add a fifth terminal to service more passengers at the airport, to be constructed separated and Northeast of existing Terminal E, and it has been dubbed as the project for Terminal G.
Additional parking garages have been broached as an idea in council agendas, however, these proposals are merely in preparation for an estimated ten to twelve years out when the current system is projected on reaching maximum capacity. Other alternatives such as encouraging public transportation to reach the airport are also being explored as alternatives.
Terminal A primarily serves PenqAir, the state subsidized airline with operations run out of BKH Airport. The state government provides PenqAir funded grant to semi-monopolize regional air travel out of BKH Airport in exchange for a small royalty on each transaction / passenger. Terminal A accounts for about 20% of the annual traffic of BKH airport. Terminal A is serviced by all standard accommodations such as restaurants, convenience stores, restrooms, car rentals, parking garages, public transportation, baggage claims, and several other smaller businesses.
Terminal B primarily serves international flights, most terminating at other cities within Archanta. Terminal B receives about 25% of the annual traffic of the Airport. Terminal B is serviced by all standard accommodations such as restaurants, convenience stores, restrooms, car rentals, parking garages, public transportation, baggage claims, and several other smaller businesses.
Terminal C & E
Terminals C and E primarily serve other regional airlines, usually restricted to services within the Federal States, however, some international flights do terminate here, as some of the regional airlines also serve a few international destinations. Terminal E experiences the largest amount of passenger traffic annually, accounting for about 43% of BKH Airport's total annual traffic. Terminals C and E are serviced by all standard accommodations such as restaurants, convenience stores, restrooms, car rentals, parking garages, public transportation, baggage claims, and several other smaller businesses.
- Feel free to add your nation's airline to this table.
|Airline||Destination Country||Destination City||Terminal|
|King's Bay / Gilbertville||A|
|Eastern Wings||Federal States||Lake City||C/E|
|Pronoro - Peters Int'l||C/E|
|Southeast Airlines||Federal States||Stanton||C/E|
|Federal Airlines||Federal States||Jundah||C/E|
The Airport Express system was built in 2003 to carry passengers free of charge around the airport. The five-car trains operate on separate tracks between stations in the airport and downtown Warwick in order to provide an expedient direct connection. Trains depart each station every 5 minutes during normal service from 6am to 6pm, and every 10 minutes all other times. A total of 7 trains are run during normal service to maintain this frequency, and 4 trains during non-normal service, with an extra period of wait time at the platform at Warwick Station. When not in use, trains are stored on service tracks on the Southern side of the airport. A total of 12 trains comprise the fleet. All trains are fully autonomous and are monitored by the Warwick Transit Authority, at the Warwick Transit Center near downtown Warwick.
WTA Orange Line
The entrance of the airport is connected via the Orange Line of the Warwick Transit Authority (WTA), which was extended from Gloucebury Station to service the opening of the airport in 2009. The station, known as Benjamin K. Hedstrom Int'l, or just Airport Station, is built next to the overpass servicing the airport, and it has pedestrian walkways to the many parking garages of the airport, as well as the terminals. There were deliberations about whether to use a new Airport Express or the Orange Line as the loop transit mode around the interior of the airport terminals. Ultimately, the free access to the Airport Express was convincing enough to use that mode of transit rather than the Orange Line.
Several buses connect the airport to the outside WTA Busnet.