Edward H. McNamara Terminal
The McNamara Terminal is used exclusively by Delta (which merged with Northwest) and its SkyTeam partners. It has three concourses, A, B, and C, which house
121 gates with shopping and dining in the center of A concourse (known as the Central Link), as well as throughout the concourses. In addition to moving walkways
spaced along the length of each concourse, the A concourse has a people mover, the ExpressTram, that transports passengers between ends of the 1 mi (1.6 km) Concourse
A in just over three minutes. Trams arrive almost simultaneously at the Terminal Station at the midpoint of the concourse and depart in opposite directions to the
North Station and the South Station, then return.
The McNamara Terminal opened a new baggage sorting facility in October 2008, which has improved the screening of baggage through 14, new explosive detection
system devices along a fully automated conveyor system. Northwest Airlines said that it reduced the amount of lost baggage, and it improved the timeliness of bags
getting to their correct flight.
A AAA Four Star Westin hotel is directly connected to the terminal. Additionally, overnight guests at the hotel who are not flying can obtain a pass to enter
the concourses to visit shops and restaurants. Called the Airport Access Authorization to Commercial Establishments Beyond the Screen Checkpoint (AAACE), registered
guests must be cleared through the same security background check (Secure Flight) and TSA screening process as do travelers in order to access the terminal area.
The A concourse contains 64 gates with 12 gates used for international departures and arrivals processing. The A concourse is intended for all but the smaller
regional aircraft and all international arrivals. At the midpoint of the concourse is a large, black granite water feature designed by WET. The concourse contains
over 1.5 mi (2.4 km) of moving walkways. Signage through the terminal is in English and Japanese due to the large number of regular flights between Detroit and
points in Japan, and signage in other languages is located inside international arrivals areas.
The 12 international gates are capable of dual jet bridge loading and unloading. They also contain two exit configurations depending on the arriving flight.
Domestic arrivals follow the upper path directly into the terminal while international arrivals proceed downstairs to customs and immigration screening. The
Customs and Border Protection processing center located in the terminal's lower level is designed to accommodate as many as 3,200 passengers per hour.
International arriving passengers connecting to another flight are screened by TSA at a dedicated screening checkpoint within the international arrivals
facility. Those passengers then exit directly back into the center of the A concourse. Passengers arriving from international destinations who end their
trip in Detroit (or connecting to a flight via North Terminal) exit directly into a dedicated International Arrivals Hall on the lower level of the terminal.
The B and C concourses currently have 58 gates that are used for Delta's regional flights that employ smaller aircraft. Nearly all regional flights have jet
bridges, eliminating the need for outdoor boarding. The B and C concourses are connected to the main terminal building and the A Concourse by a pedestrian walkway
under the Airport ramp. This walkway, known as the Light Tunnel, features an elaborate multi-colored light show behind sculpted glass panels extending the entire
length of the walkway, as well several moving walkways. The light patterns are synchronized with an original musical score composed by Victor Alexeeff,
which runs for nearly 30-minutes before repeating. The display won multiple lighting design awards including the prestigious Guth Award of Merit. For passengers
who are prone to medical conditions such as seizures, there are buttons at each end of the tunnel that will suspend the light show for five minutes so they can
pass through with no adverse effects.
The North Terminal houses all non-SkyTeam airlines serving the airport. It is considered the "D" Concourse of the airport as the McNamara Terminal has
Concourses A, B, and C. The concourse holds 26 gates, two of which opened in summer 2009 to accommodate international widebody aircraft. The two gates could
not be used at the time of the building's opening due to their extremely close proximity to Smith Terminal's C Concourse. The concourse was demolished after
flights moved to the new terminal enabling the final two gates at the new terminal to be completed. The terminal features four long segments of moving walkways
on the departures level and another on the lower level for international arriving passengers to access the Federal Inspection Services area.
The North Terminal houses two, six-lane security checkpoints. The terminal also has U.S Customs & Border Protection inspection facilities located on the lower
level for arriving international flights.
The North Terminal has five domestic baggage carousels on the lower level, which are all common-use. Two additional carousels are located inside the Federal
Inspection Services area for international flights, and a central Oversize Baggage Claim is located adjacent to both the international and domestic carousel areas.
On January 29, 2010, the North Terminal was named winner of the "Build Michigan" award project.