Jjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
That is incorrect. IND shuttle flights are more-or-less guaranteed to board at the main terminal. There are additional parking spots at gates A8 and A4A that ATA has ceded to C8 that are used for flights to other cities. A few flights -- mostly during peak times -- do still depart from the South Ramp using busses.
If you ask me, it was an ingenious idea to have C8 at the South Ramp. MDW only has so much space and running a regional SAAB operation remotely makes infinitely more sense than does IAD's initial approach of parking mainline aircraft remotely and using mobile lounges. Running the over 100 SAAB flights a day out of the South Ramp also reduced taxiway and alleyway congestion which, as is now being seen, can be quite fierce during time periods when both ATA and C8 have large banks of flights. I was shocked when ATA gave C8 gates to use at the terminal. Reportedly, it was more expensive to pay for bussing employees and assets than to give up two under-utilized gates. Hopefully finances will improve and we can move back to our "home" at the South Ramp.
I really never understood all the complaints over a simple four minute bus ride.
7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2013 times:
The thing that sucks with the remote terminal is if you have atight connection. A couple of years ago i flew IND-MDW-LAX. When we landed at MDW i had only 10 minutes until the flight to LAX took off; luckily they radioed over to the main gate and they held the plane (i received a "warm" reception when i got onto the plane--i was the one that delayed it *lol*)
The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
Willbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
When I flew C8 in to MDW from MSN, we were at a gate and walked up the stairs onto the jetway. When I flew out of MDW back to MSN, at gate A4, we walked out doors, over to the aircraft that was parked out on the tarmack--no buses involved.