Bassie2010 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4147 times:
This is for all pilots (bit passengers to, if they keep track) out there. At Schiphol, there is a runway which is a 'hike' away from the terminal: 18R-36L (Polderbaan). It can take up to 20 minutes to get there. Just made me wonder, what is your worst taxi time ever? And which airport do you consider the worst when it comes to taxi times? (no queues, just distances)
Maybe it has been discussed before, but I couldn't find it in the archives. If you do, a link to the previous poll would also be helpfull.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3786 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4115 times:
I don't know where the heck we were going but at IAD a few weeks back we pushed back around 9.55pm and didn't leave the ground until after 10.30pm! I didn't think it was possible to taxi around Dulles for 30mins without going round in circles! Since it was dark (and I'd been enjoying preflight champagne) I had even less of an idea of figuring it out
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Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4029 times:
The Polderbaan is certainly the longest taxi I've ever had. I could mention queues like several have before me, but I believe the poster wanted times/distances, not queues.
One good thing about that Polderbaan is that the pilots really seem to speed down those taxiways! Otherwise it could take a *very* long time to get to/from!
Heathrow can be interesting at times, landing on 27R and taxiing via the congested central terminal area to the east end of T4, and crossing an active runway in the process. One hopes that once T5 is built there will be a couple of parallel taxiways connecting the runways between T5 and T3/T2 which are well clear of apron movements.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3982 times:
The longest one that I had was in Frankfurt. It took us about 15 minutes to be up in the air. We had the last couple of gates on the end of the east side and then taxied to take off on the far end of the west side on that take-off only runway. I didn't mind because I had time to see all those european airlines that we don't see in the states.
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3797 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3950 times:
I was on a UA A320 at ORD, taxying to the gate. I recognised our surroundings, and realized that we were close to T1. Listening to Ch9 I heard the controller say "United XXXX, (can't remember flight#...), do the circuit." I didn't realize what he meant, but then the captain came on and informed us that he had to circumnavigate the terminal complex, due to a gate-change...
Sat in that damn tube for over an hour...
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
STLUAL747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3924 times:
It would depend what you consider taxing. If you consider it being from the time you are push back then I can say I have taxied for over and hour at DEN. Right after we were pushed back a thunderstorm struck and closed the airport for an hour, so we just sat in the plane pushed back from the gate for that hour. If you consider it as once you are heading for the runway, then I can only say maybe 20 minutes which was at DEN also, we were a few planes back in the line for takeoff.
JetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3910 times:
Well longest ride while moving was at JFK on B6. Since they are the far north and we first taxied out east and then we took the long way to the south runway. It took about 20 minutes. We did were like 5th in line for take off when we got there, we all traveled in a line, that was like 10 minutes. SO it took about 30-35 mins. Here is a little map of the route:
But my first flight on DL LGA-MCO (pre Song days, thankfully) and we taxied out and then sat on the side of the runway for about 1 1/2 hours because there were storms around NC and they had to re-route us and there was alot of planes in the area so we had to wait until they found a good path.
Originally I thought DIA is new Denver airport. I was wrong.
While DEN is the official code, it is known locally as "DIA", so to call it that is perfectly acceptable...it's just a coincidence that it happens to be a three letter acronym as well so it can easily be mistaken for the official code...
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MANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3898 times:
Went to AMS yesterday on LS from MAN and suffered the long taxi from the Polderbaan to the terminal. Man, that is one loooooonnnnnnnnnggggggggg taxi! Its almost like you are landing in the city itself, then taxiing to the airport! When we landed, i was like "where's the airport then?!" The other times i've been we've landed much closer. Hope i don't have to put up with that again!