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User currently offlineflySFO From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 134 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

SJC has two parallel runways: 30L and 30R, with the terminals being on the side of 30R. In normal operations, aircraft depart 30R and land 30L. However over the past week, all departures seem to be off 30L, and some landings as well. Does anyone know the reason for this?

And in general, when airports have a pair(s) of parallel runways (LAX is another example), is their a reason that the runway closer to the terminals is usually the departure runway, while the outer runway(s) with respect to the terminal ramp area is the arrival runway. Given that either way, either landings or takeoffs must cross and active runway, why is this the norm these days?

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User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1942 times:


SJC 07/028 SJC RWY 12L/30R CLSD WEF(effective from) 1307221430-1308220659

User currently onlinebaqnav From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
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26point2 is correct,

I landed and departed on 30L this week. To make my first departure on 30L more memorable, I got a laser event on departure too!

My opions are mine, not my employers
User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 980 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

If you think about the logistics of the traffic flow, it makes sense for departures to be from the runway closest to the terminal and for the landing flights to be on the runway further away. That way, an airplane can be in position and holding on the departure runway without having to cross in front of landing traffic.

Yes, the landing traffic will need to cross the departure runway, but since an airplane that is lining up to depart is moving slowly, there is more of a margin for safety than if a taxiing airplane has to cross the landing runway.

Hopefully, I've explained that clearly! =D

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