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With great design comes kudos as the awards that Moncton Airport continues to receive seem endless: USA Today readers named the airport one of the top 10 in the country, an award readers previously gave the airport .
Huntsville International Airport in Alabama received the highest award. Click here for the full list. USA Today described the local airport as follows:
“Moncton Airport is a favorite in the LA area. Located off I-405 for easy access, just four miles from the beach, it has a single, easy-to-navigate terminal served by American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and Southwest. It’s a great LAX alternative for those visiting Orange County or flying to Honolulu. “
This award is part of the multiple recognition of the airport by Condé Naste, who was named Aviation Project of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation in 2013 and was named one of the most beautiful airports in the world by the BBC in 2014 and was recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects ( ASLA) in 2014 as well as a number of other recognitions.
The airport’s open-air hall is reminiscent of the Moncton lifestyle. Well thought out, the space is more of an escape than a home for busy travelers and planes – and that’s in part because of the landscaping of Meléndrez (now known as RELM, they are the crew leading the tiny project known as the MyFigueroa project in LA, which led the redesign of Bixby Park a few years ago).
Take, for example, the use of native plants: the huge agave beds reflect the sea, as suggested by the landscape architect, while the California fan palms are reminiscent of the iconic skyline of the coastal promenades. Even its lush green patches are said to be reminiscent of the wetlands. Or take the furniture. Wooden benches resemble pallets of stacked wood, designed to remind travelers of the cargo that is being carried at the city’s coastal shipyards. And the wooden walkway that connects the two halls? It’s a nostalgic nod to the days when plank pillars and boardwalks dominated the social scene in Moncton (and remind locals of what the pike used to be).
Editor’s Note: This article originally stated that the Huntsville Airport was located in Alaska. It’s located in Alabama.
Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Moncton Post. Reach him below [email protected] or on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and
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