suseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
He is coming in to ATL. When Bush would come in he would use MGE but his "base" is more on the north side of Atlanta and MGE made sense. Since he is going to Tyler Perry Studios and Tyler Perry's home for two separate fundraisers, he is using ATL. Scheduled to land at 5:30
It does shortly prior to landing and until potus is off the airfield. Only 15-20min but thats enough to throw a wrinkle into the traffic flow. Last time I saw this fiasco was at JFK on a Friday at 1700 from T4 IAT ops control...mostly DL backups then.
It most certainly does. I flew ATL-LAS back in October. We were due in 15 minutes early but had to hold for Obama. Ended up blocking in an hour late from our scheduled arrival time, making us 1:15 late. The 4 hour flight turned to 5:15.
Got a phenomenal view of the Hoover Dam from 9,000 feet though. It was neat the first and second times. The 8th time was a little old...
ATL is no JFK or LAS. The airport did not completely shut down. Southern OPS continued as normal. No ground movement was allowed on or off any of the 5 ramps to the north end. All departures were either routed south or held at the gate. Arrivals held or were routed well south to join those arrivals.
I have come to the realization that many members of this site have an extremely limited view of what an airport is, and it saddens me. The airport is NOT just a long piece of pavement where airplanes land and take off. There is also ground transportation (taxi's, rental cars), concessions inside the terminal, airline, fueling, catering operations. Staff inside the airport that clean the carpets. So when you say the airport "shuts down", are you talking about the entire airport? Or are you talking about the airfield, taxiways and the airspace? Let's think about what we write in these forums for longer than the 1 second it takes to make an incorrect generalization.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7272 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1498 times:
Quoting chrisair (Reply 10): You think 90% of the people on this site care there's more to an airport than some airplanes and runways?
Quoting f35 (Reply 11): What are you trying to say...
There are only airplanes at airports...
I agree with Chris. I *personally* think the poster's comment above had no point *IMO*. It's obvious that when we say the airport was (or was not) shut down we're talking about a/c movement. Whether in the air or on the ground. At least that's what came to my mind. I wasn't thinking for a minute it also meant no one was allowed in or out the ap, taxis stopped running, shuttle buses, catering, fueling, loading bags, and whatever else which seemed like nonesense really.