Freshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
Is there actually more room for them over on A? It is probably a move to get WN into 1 terminal as I would assume that WN would be taking over those 4 gates. Who else is in A at PHL it has been a while since I have been over to that side as all of my time is spent in the lovely F area.
Usairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3237 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
This has been discussed somewhere on these boards
The airport wants to move DL to A because they will begin construction on E in which a hammerhead will be added. During the construction WN will have to vacate at least 3 of their current gates. So to make room for them the airport is moving DL out.
A-east is somewhat congested with AA, JM, U5, and overflow US TA arrivals. US is up in arms about the move because they say they need the gates in A-east to continue TA growth. While the claim is true considering AF, LH, and BA now all use A-west the one argument i have is that at least half of US' TA ops are seasonal, so during the off season those A gates would sit rather idle.
****Update....the PHL website lists JM and F9 using A-15 and A-14 respectively in A-west, not sure how accurate these are.
So that leaves AA, YX, U5 and overflow US TA arrivals for A-east
PHLwok From United States of America, joined May 2007, 413 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
DL is going to A East, the "original" A (A-West, gates A14-26, is the new international terminal, by far the nicest in the airport). I would expect DL to wind up at the end of the terminal, which is a rounded end comprising roughly gates A6-13, but I'm not certain. These are currently common use gates, and US uses them frequently as overflow for international service from A-West. US was opposed to the DL move as this might require them to use mobile lounges for some international flights next summer. AA, USA3000 and some charters also operate out of A-East. BA recently moved over to A-West, where AF and LH already were.
They are vacating E in part due to the pending construction in the terminal to give it a hammerhead-shaped extension similar to D. This will temporarily reduce the number of gates in the terminal hence the move. AFAIK NW and WN will stay put in E. The construction currently going on between D and E is to create an expanded and unified security checkpoint, which should substantially improve the security lines at both terminals and connect E to the rest of the airport behind security, which not only allows folks in E to wander over to the other stores and B-C food court but will also allow connections and gate changes for WN, which uses D1-4 as well as much of E. Currently you have to reclear security to go between terminals, and E is the only "security island" in the airport.
N917me From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 726 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
Ok.. Yes, DL is moving to A-East. Gates A 12, 13 and 10. (One will be common use). There is no exact move date yet. Dl would like it to be withing two weeks, however the airport has final say, and at this point they will not issue an exact date. (A tenant advisory will go out with a two wk notice of move)
In A-East AA has gates A3, 7, 9 and limited use of A-11 which YX uses in the AM, until US uses it for an international flt. AA also uses whatever common use gates in A-East that are available. USA 3000 uses gate A-2.
In the ticketing lobby for A-East the airlines are AA, YX, U5, F9 and JM. DL will be coming soon.
Vega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
Quoting RafflesKing (Reply 11): I recall reading on these boards, DL would move into space where BA used to (or still does) have a lounge.
It would be airside, but larger.
The original plan was for DL to convert the old BA club downstairs in A-East into a Crown Room. However I understand the airport recently gave that space to the USO for a new facility. If that's the case, DL will have to do something different. Obviously the "E" club won't work for an airline in "A". Maybe DL and AF will develop a Skyteam facility in "A". BA has already opened impressive new First and Executive Class Lounges in A-West.