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Your Longest Taxi Ride?  
User currently offlineBassie2010 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4415 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.

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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4413 times:

Once at JFK we taxied for about 30 minutes.AR 1301 back to EZE in 2003.
I don't remember the runway that we took off from, sorry.


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4383 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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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

AMS can have a very long taxi from runway to terminal - as can CDG.

On more than one occasion I have flown into T3 at LHR at peak time when there is a shortage of gates available and had to sit and wait for ages before we could get a free one.

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4371 times:

AMS from the Polderbaan - took HOURS !! Also if you land on the eastern runway at JNB, it can take a while to get to the terminal.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

30 minutes holding short of a runway.

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4321 times:


I was on a Continental Airlines B737-700 flying LAX-EWR and we where #5 for take off, and then the switched the que, if you believe it we became #50! We sat there for about an hour and a half!

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User currently offlineBpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

I remember DIA having one or two runways that seem to take forever to get to and from the terminal.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2627 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

From the Empire State Building to LGA. It took 45 minutes and the taxi driver didn't speak English.  Wink

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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4297 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.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

In terms of taxiing time, definitely AMS when I arrived in an EUJ f100... ironically, going home we were in air only a few mins after pushback!

User currently offlineCanadianDC10 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 348 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4276 times:

When we landed in AMS in a KLM F100, it took forever to taxi to the remote stand from the runway we landed on... I have no idea which runway it was though.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4272 times:

Just caught this...

Quoting Bpat777 (Reply 7):

DIA is not Denver airport code.

it's DEN, sir. Both old and new airport: DEN.

Originally I thought DIA is new Denver airport. I was wrong.

Anyway, my longest taxi ride was in DFW. Plane departed gate and then taxied to the opposite side of airport for take off.
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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4250 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.

User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4218 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.
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

I would agree with JFK, especially from the AA/BA terminal around the other terminals to the far runways.

User currently offlineUaalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

4-5 hours. But it wasn't because of the time getting to the runway. It had to deal with weather/aircraft delayed maitnence crap, etc.

User currently offlineSTLUAL747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4192 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.


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User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4178 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.

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 12):

DIA is not Denver airport code.

it's DEN, sir. Both old and new airport: DEN.

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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User currently offlineMANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4166 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!


User currently offlineFokkerVII From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4146 times:


No question.

User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1182 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4110 times:

FRA "Startbahn West" (Runway West) is far away, and always takes a while to get to.

My longest "straight" taxiing was at JFK with AA - took ages!

My longest taxiing "with complications" was surely in LAX - Our NZ B747-400 from AKL was on the ground, taxied a bit, and then had to wait for 30 minutes, because our gate was still occupied.

LGA was a wild taxiride as well - taxiing in circles to let other aircraft in and out...


User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Quoting Bassie2010 (Thread starter):
: 18R-36L (Polderbaan).

Been there and JFK must have been the longest taxis I have ever encountered.

User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4095 times:

Imagine how long the taxiing time would be if they built this at LHR:


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25 PMN : No kidding! I've been through AMS a couple of times landing on/taking off from the Polderbaan. It's a rediculous distance from the terminal building!
26 WorldXplorer : Anyone have a map of AMS to show some of us Polderbaan? WorldXplorer
27 Flygaz : BA from JFK on a flight to MAN. Taxing for about 30 mins from the BA terminal to 31L. Think we were right at the back of the departure queue as had mi
28 ACDC8 : Polderbaan, AMS, no question. I remember when it first opened, I was speechless since AMS was known as being a quick and convenient airport to connect
29 BCNGRO : Taxing from BCN's new runway to any of the terminals takes no less than 20 minutes. Hopefully this will not happen anymore when the new terminal is fi
30 Post contains images HT : That´s quite true, but on the other hand almost everybody should recognize DIA as "Denver International Airport" as this is the abbreviation (not on
31 HT : Long but very quick taxi in FRA: 2 years ago, OS had to supplement a Dash 8 bound for KLU that had gone tech (still in KLU) by a Welcome Air Dornier 3
32 Post contains links and images HT : see: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/2f01c/6fbd0/ (2 pic´s but not very large; the Polderbaan is the one in in the upper left area of both pic´
33 BNAflyer78 : Surprised no one else has mentioned the Reef Runway (8R/26L) at HNL. My longest ride, nearly 30 minutes, was on a DL L-1011 to SFO taxiing out to 8R.
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