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What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?  
User currently offlinesulley From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 524 posts, RR: 3
Posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 18643 times:

This picture on the main page today got me thinking - what airport has the longest jet bridges in operation?

These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!


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User currently offlinejustinlee From China, joined Aug 2012, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 18168 times:

What about LGW   if it is a jet bridge?

User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3191 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 18001 times:



Yep, it is a bridge and jets go under it so it is a Jet Bridge.

And because its British its the Longest in the whole world !     



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7081 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17959 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 2):
And because its British its the Longest in the whole world !

Well, south of the Watford gap anyway!  

Heathrow Terminal 4 has long jetways,

Does the disaster of Gates 80-90 in Heathrow T1 - a long metal tube that doubles as a convection oven in summer - count as a jetway? - it may be longer than the LGW bridge?



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User currently onlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17774 times:

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

I would suggest you better get yourself to a gym and build up your cardio rate. I am kidding. I have been walking on jetways that seem to be endless labyrinth of turns and corridors. I was looking for a picture of one at ORD but I have been unable to find it.

I agree that LHRs' are quite the hike, and when you take into consideration the distance one travels from the terminal to the gate it would seem to me that T5's design was built by a comedian as a cruel joke.

The whole LHR experience to me is one of walking. You have to walk miles and miles from the train at T3 or T1 just to get to the bag drop and then through security and then through the shopping mall and then the 10 to 20 minute walk from the shopping mall to the holding pen by the gate. T4 is also terrible as it seems to be very terribly laid out. The British love to walk right? They seem to be the worst for airport design for convenience sake.

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[Edited 2013-04-20 05:52:40]


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User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 457 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17725 times:

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

That one at the bottom of the picture across from the 777, might as well just walk to your final destination, the walk on the jet bridge looks longer than the flights probably are.. 



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User currently offlinebogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17604 times:

Quoting brilondon (Reply 4):
I agree that LHRs' are quite the hike, and when you take into consideration the distance one travels from the terminal to the gate it would seem to me that T5's design was built by a comedian as a cruel joke.

Absolutely agree, nothing worse than hiring a famous architect to try and design an efficient building. Those jet bridges are horrendous to look at and and horrendous from passenger point of view and terribly horrendous from the ground staff point of view.


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17511 times:

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

The gate lounge area must be PACKED. Imagine six 747/777s boarding at the same time all squeezed into that! Let's hope the long jetbridges are just an interim solution. Are there any plans to extend the terminal?



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21528 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17376 times:

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 5):
That one at the bottom of the picture across from the 777, might as well just walk to your final destination, the walk on the jet bridge looks longer than the flights probably are..

I flew out of that one recently, and the walk really wasn't that bad. The fact that there are windows on one side (the side with the aircraft) is important though - if it were fully enclosed for the whole length (only the movable portion at the end is), then I could see some people getting claustrophobic.

It's certainly a lot better than the walk from the very end of T3 to the immigration facility - that must have taken 15 minutes.

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 7):
The gate lounge area must be PACKED. Imagine six 747/777s boarding at the same time all squeezed into that!

That'll be true for any gate lounge area. But that particular gate lounge area only serves two gates (and in effect only serves one, since it didn't look like they could board both flights at the same time), so crowding shouldn't get too bad.

-Mir



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User currently onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 16874 times:

You do know that much of these very long jetbridges have moving walkways?.

User currently offlineBthebest From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 506 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 16838 times:

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 5):
That one at the bottom of the picture across from the 777, might as well just walk to your final destination, the walk on the jet bridge looks longer than the flights probably are..

Take a look at a satellite picture and you'll see the one on the top right is even longer.

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 7):
Are there any plans to extend the terminal?

Is there a reason they weren't built longer in the first place? there's already a structure at ground level so why didn't they build on top of it and put some more lounges in? Would be quite a nice place for a restaurant/cafe too.

Its also weird that 5b and 5c are different lengths and staggered.


User currently offlinelhrnue From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 16065 times:

What is the difference between walking in yet bridge and walking in a Terminal building? Either way, in case of LHR T5B and C you need to walk to the centre of the building to catch the train.

User currently offlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 16063 times:

Quoting Bthebest (Reply 10):

Is there a reason they weren't built longer in the first place? there's already a structure at ground level so why didn't they build on top of it and put some more lounges in? Would be quite a nice place for a restaurant/cafe too.

I've often wondered if it was designed for possible future expansion of terminal building. Like you said, looks like the foundation already is there.


User currently offlineaerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15512 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 8):
I flew out of that one recently, and the walk really wasn't that bad. The fact that there are windows on one side (the side with the aircraft) is important though - if it were fully enclosed for the whole length (only the movable portion at the end is), then I could see some people getting claustrophobic.

So did I, on a A319 to BCN. The windows saved it but at 6 in the morning it was a very chilly walk. A few heaters wouldn't have gone amiss.

Quoting bogota (Reply 6):
Absolutely agree, nothing worse than hiring a famous architect to try and design an efficient building.

Yeah I really don't get T5 and why it wins awards etc. The link from the public transport to the departures/checkin area is atrocious and baffling. You follow the signs up the "ground floor" and they just disappear altogether. Not to mention, the only way to get up to checkin is via elevators, which causes a queue when a load of people have just arrived off the Tube. Bizarre thinking.

Quoting Bthebest (Reply 10):
Is there a reason they weren't built longer in the first place? there's already a structure at ground level so why didn't they build on top of it and put some more lounges in?

Cost, likely.

Quoting lhrnue (Reply 11):
Either way, in case of LHR T5B and C you need to walk to the centre of the building to catch the train.

Which is also ridiculous. The distance travelled by the trains is not that great, but they're not all that frequent either. So you mill about waiting because there's no other option. I don't understand why they didn't include a pedestrian tunnel with travelators... even in lieu of the trains themselves, would've saved some coin.


User currently offlinespeedbird217 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15157 times:

ATL has a pretty long jetbridge at the new international F concourse. I heard it's one of the longest in the US, probably also one of the longest in the world.

During construction:
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/1-2_zps7c9cc00e.jpg

Attached to an a/c:


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2878 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 14875 times:

Quoting lhrnue (Reply 11):
What is the difference between walking in yet bridge and walking in a Terminal building?

Difference:

Inside jet bridge:



Inside terminal:



I would rather walk through a terminal for a longer period than a jet bridge. I don't have claustrophobia or anything, but if I'm going to be sitting in a long narrow metal tube for hours, I want as much time as possible NOT in a long narrow metal tube LOL!!!



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User currently offlineIBOAviator From Canada, joined Sep 2010, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 14853 times:

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

Photo © Miguel Martin Cordeiro - Iberian Spotters

 Wow! Like many travellers, I would agree that LHR is nothing but a big long walk. The bridge at the bottom left of the picture certainly is the longest I have ever seen... can't say I've ever walked it though.

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 2):



Yep, it is a bridge and jets go under it so it is a Jet Bridge.

Thanks for my daily LOL  
Quoting bennett123 (Reply 9):
You do know that much of these very long jetbridges have moving walkways?.

Are you serious. In all my travels, I have never come across a bridge with a moving walkway. Which airports?

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 14):
ATL has a pretty long jetbridge at the new international F concourse. I heard it's one of the longest in the US, probably also one of the longest in the world.

During construction:

That is gate F9. Here is an airside picture: http://www.twitpic.com/6me8xu

Maybe not the longest in the world, but definitely one of the longest in the US.



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User currently offlineLofty From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 14382 times:

LHR T5B was supposed to be a longer building with more gates but someone from what was the BAA decided after 9/11 that not as many people would be flying in the future so to save costs changed the plans and so you have 2 stands sharing one gate and have to leave 60mins between flights.

This was also the reason for the TTS only having one platform in T5C.


User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3610 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14206 times:

Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 16):
Are you serious. In all my travels, I have never come across a bridge with a moving walkway. Which airports?

I agree - never seen a jet bridge with a moving walkway either. I think some people are a little confused about what a jet bridge is - it's a mobile sheltered walkway that acts as a bridge between the terminal and aircraft. It's a temporary structure. I've never seen one with heavy permanent features such as moving walkways - by nature, jet bridges (or jetways, as I think most people in the US call them) are made to be cheap, light and easy to replace.

We could both be wrong about moving walkways, I guess, but I think they have to be at least quite rare in jet bridges, not common like an earlier reply implied.



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User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1261 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14051 times:

I don't know if the long windowless metal corridors attached to the jet bridges in the trans border area at Edmonton really count as jetways but since they serve the identical function and are attached directly to the jetways Im going to throw those in for consideration.

User currently offlinebmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13591 times:

Toronto's new T1 has a few long jetways...

Check the bottem left corner....


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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13556 times:

I tried Google image searching Concourse A at DEN, but one of the gates in the Frontier Concourse either 24 or 26 has to be up there for longest gate at least in the U.S. - the drawing doesn't do it justice. I used it one time and it had a lot of turns in it - seemed like I was walking in it forever between the aircraft and the terminal.

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User currently offlineIBOAviator From Canada, joined Sep 2010, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12526 times:

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 18):
We could both be wrong about moving walkways, I guess, but I think they have to be at least quite rare in jet bridges, not common like an earlier reply implied.

I would be surprised to see a jet bridge with a moving walkway. I seriously doubt the actual jet bridge structure would be able to accommodate a moving walkway... considering the mechanical and physical components of a moving walkway.

Quoting Flaps (Reply 19):
I don't know if the long windowless metal corridors attached to the jet bridges in the trans border area at Edmonton really count as jetways but since they serve the identical function and are attached directly to the jetways Im going to throw those in for consideration.

As I understand it, a jet bridge is a temporary structure leading from the terminal to the aircraft. In some airports (YYZ and ATL come immediately to mind), there are indeed large walking times between (for example) terminals or within the terminal itself where you do see moving walkways but as for the jet bridges themselves, they are "moving-walkway" free.

In some cases, I've taken escalators (from the gate agent) down to a walkway-like area and then onto the tarmac to my aircraft. In such cases, from the bottom of the escalators to the actual ramp doors, you may see a moving walkway but I wouldn't consider this above case a jet bridge per say. Strictly speaking, jet bridges do not have moving walkways.

A little off topic thou... we're talking about length, not contents.  



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User currently offlinebogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11761 times:

Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 22):
I would be surprised to see a jet bridge with a moving walkway. I seriously doubt the actual jet bridge structure would be able to accommodate a moving walkway... considering the mechanical and physical components of a moving walkway.

I would be really surprised, I would like to see how it would work with 400 people slowly moving into a 747.


User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9508 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11727 times:

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 18):
by nature, jet bridges (or jetways, as I think most people in the US call them) are made to be cheap, light and easy to replace.

I wouldn't say cheap and easy to replace. Cheaper than additional square footage to the terminal, but UA is replacing the old AA standard length jetbridges is SFO and they are costing g $200,000 a piece and those are not the high end glass jetbridges! Jetbridges are certainly not cheap.



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25 Viscount724 : Where? I've never seen one and can't believe it would even be technically possible due to the way the bridges have to be able to move and extend/retr
26 Roseflyer : Moving walkways on a jetbridge is a horrible idea unless they are one way moving away from the plane. Who hasn't experienced a collision when getting
27 Post contains links and images CPH-R : CPH has had one at the end of the C finger for quite some time: View Large View MediumPhoto © Aviantex - Alexander Jonsson[Edited 2013-04-20 14:12:45
28 cosyr : SYD has some pretty long ones, as well as the ones at the end of the North Terminal at LGW. Brisbane may not be a jet bridge, but as you don't walk ou
29 Post contains images Viscount724 : AMS has some long bridges, especially the cantilever bridges in the F pier that overlap the aircraft's wing and connect to the 4th door on 747s.
30 jfklganyc : In the case of T5, it is a cheap way of getting a few extra gates added on. I know in the US at T5 at JFK, B6 had a long Jetway on Gate 27. Without it
31 Bthebest : Measuring in Google Earth, the NE jetbridge of T5B is 220m - next longest of the ones mentioned so far is F9 at ATL at 100m.
32 fanofjets : Going back to the days when jet bridges were just being introduced, planes parked nose in, with a short jet bridge to the front exit and a very long o
33 mesaflyguy : I don't believe they do that at T5 like they do in London. Each gate has it's own seating area in which you are until you get on the plane
34 timpdx : AMS has some of the weirdest ones I have ever seen (you can see it in the pic Viscount724) they go over the wing of the aircraft, I have never seen th
35 mesaflyguy : WN uses these in ALB as well and I believe YYC used to have those for WS
36 capitalflyer : ORD gate K15 is pretty long and messed up. Halfway down you have to make a 135 degree turn to get to the plane. Nothing as long as LHR though. That's
37 spacecadet : $200,000 is nothing in terms of construction costs at a major airport. $200,000 wouldn't buy an extra bedroom addition on some houses in my neighborh
38 Mir : Keep in mind that most of the "jet bridge" in the OP's photo is a fixed structure - the only part that moves is the part after you pass through the h
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