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User currently offlineTLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 593 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 3368 times:

Does anyone know if there is a particular pattern that Delta uses for gate assignments at their ATL hub? It seems as though flights to/from certain cities commonly end up at specific concourses (with a few exceptions). For example, I have flown connected through the hub from TPA and TLH. It seems that the majority of the flights to/from TPA arrive and depart from Concourse A and that the majority of flights to/from TLH arrive and depart from Concourse B. I know that not every flight to/from TPA uses Concourse A and every flight to/from TLH uses Concourse B, it just seems like the majority do. I was just curious if there was some type of organization to this.


Bill in ATL
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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 3339 times:

The almost-hourly Washington National flights all line up right next to each other on A.

Other than that, I rarely get it right.

N


User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1436 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 3314 times:


afternoon and evening departing DFW flights seem to leave from the same area - A19-A34. However, the arriving DFW flights are all over.


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Well if its a Mad Dog flight, oftentimes I find myself on B concourse..and of course, if it's a big 76 or so, you'll prob find yourself on A.....if you're lookin for a good way to guess  Smile Other than that, it all has to do with where they need the jet to depart to next.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5153 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

It used to be that DL flights to BOS, LGA, DCA, ORD, and DFW all left from the T gates. UA used to do something similar at ORD. All flights for BOS, PHL, LGA, HPN, DCA, ATL, and MSP left from B Concourse.

I noticed on my last trip to ATL that the ORD flights now leave from A, and all the LAX flights left from T. This had to be part of DL's response to JetBlue flying ATL-LGB.


User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

in general, FLL flights leave from T or A. (I know that becasue I've only been to B once!)
LGA is T as well and LAX is T.
ABQ is B or D
international and BizElite US are E, of course


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

TLHFLA:
I have flown TLH-ATL and TPA-ATL for years both as a f/a and as a pax. I really can't figure out the rhyme or reason to it; unless the flight happens to have a continuing leg and even then, I can't explain the logic except for gate availbility  Smile I've noticed that when I used to take the 8:30pm 767 flight out of TPA(it's not running now), I almost always arrived at B-1. Same is true from TLH- sometimes B-13, sometimes D-2. Go fig! Big grin
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User currently offlineJcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

LGA flights are almost all, if not all, out of the T-gates...

User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

There was a time( just a couple years ago) when flights arriving /departing ORD, MIA, DFW, BOS, LGA, EWR and some LAX flights were at the T gates.  Smile


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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

My flight on Delta from MCO-ATL in August on a Boeing 767-300 arrived at Concourse E (Int'l Concourse)

Usually when I've flown the MCO-ATL Route I have arrived at Concourse A, but a couple times with the 767-400 I have arrived at Concourse T.


-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

i know that the 764 and maybe 763 cannot handle the east part of A and all of B and the east part of D

User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
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There are a couple of different reasons for gate assignments at ATL.

1. Aircraft size:

Not all gates in ATL can accommodate all aircraft. This has to do because of they way the concourses were designed and how far apart the gates are. Bigger aircraft need a wider parking spot. Delta (excluding Delta Connection)has gates on all concourses except for C. Widebodies are restricted to gates on T, E, and A. The gates on B and D can only handle narrowbody aircraft. The largest domestic aircraft DL flies is the 767-400 which is restricted to certain gates on T and A. The gates on E, with some exceptions, can handle any size aircraft.

2. Security

Flights into DCA require special security arrangements which include having a police officer present during the boarding process. Delta has decided to operate these flights out of gates A-3 and A-5 in order to comply with the security directives and also the same agents work the flights on a regular basis and are familiar with the procedures.

3. Schedule

Delta's flight schedule is revised a couple times a year. With every schedule change, operations personnel go through the entire schedule and develop a parking scheme that will fit. Since most flights operate on a daily schedule, the same flight is assigned the same gate almost every day. Of course IROPS and late arrivals/departures can cause havoc with this plan and must be changed accordingly. DL have people known as "gatekeepers" that work in the ramp towers on top of the concourses who have the job of keeping track of the parking situation and advising all personnel of any changes.

4. International to Domestic or vice versa

Many times an aircraft will come in on a domestic flight and then continue as an international flight or vice versa. An example of this is DL147 SCL-ATL which arrives at 0620 and then the aircraft continues on the AM flight to LAX or SEA. Likewise, most Latin America routes are flown on 737's or 757's which arrive from a domestic flight and depart to an international destination or arrive from international the fly a domestic leg. If you are booked on one of these flights then you will arrive or depart from E-concourse even if you are not flying internationally.


I hope this sheds some light on the matter. Cheers!  Smile




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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

2. Security

Flights into DCA require special security arrangements which include having a police officer present during the boarding process. Delta has decided to operate these flights out of gates A-3 and A-5 in order to comply with the security directives and also the same agents work the flights on a regular basis and are familiar with the procedures.


I remember when, for some odd reason, all flights to DCA departed from a roped off section of 'E'.



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User currently offlineWorldwide From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

The gates in T are also the most 'valuable' (for lack of a better term) when scheduling. Let me explain. Those gates are located at the terminal, which means no long distance walking or train ride. That is the reason you see flights to/from LGA, BOS, ORD, LAX, and other business-heavy cities. It also is the reason that United and American fly from the T-gates instead of the horrible Concourse D that the other airlines are forced to fly from. AirTran and the major operation of Delta Connection are on the old Eastern Concourse C. Just adding some info I thought might help.

User currently offlineGroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

"The gates on B and D can only handle narrowbody aircraft."

True for D, but not true for B. Delta has numerous 762 and 763 operations out of B Concourse. Every gate but one on B-Northeast can handle widebodies as well as the last gate on B-Southeast which actually always seems to have a 763 in it.


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