AWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 930 times:
In HP's hubs its more or less random where the flights go each day. A flight might be at A28 one day but at A14 the next. In a field station where we may only have 1 or 2 gates the flights pretty much use the same gate day after day.
Iluvwestjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 910 times:
Just a guess here, but I am guessing it also depends on how much waiting area a particular gate has. One gate might be on a corner so it has a larger waiting area for passengers, so they might put larger planes in those gates.
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 899 times:
I think this also depends on the airport: on large airports (like LHR or FRA), where gates are rare, the gates are fixed only shortly before arrival of the plane. If a flight is delayed, the plane might be allocated to an other gate than originally planned. That's why when you book a connecting flight via FRA (for example), the gate for the flight from FRA is usually not yet fixed when checking in at your origin airport.
At smaller airports (like STR, Stuttgart for example), the gates are often fixed in advance.
Anyway, at both large and small airports, airlines with many flights may have their "own" gates. For example Lufthansa in Germany: In FRA and in STR, there are gates that are used only by LH and their partners. Like that, the airlines can place items like newspapers or coffee machines in their gate area.
Nevertheless, it can happen that i.e. the flight to CDG leaves today from a gate where tomorrow at the same time leaves the flight to BRU.
777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 479 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 879 times:
At SFO all the A concourse gates of the new International Terminal are all fixed. BA has to use two specific gates because they are the only ones that give the opportunity to board from the terrace lounge. AZ used to use A10, they only used A2 once when A10 was broken.
Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 875 times:
In the two Milan airports LIN and MXP they use to do as follow:
LIN: Every flights use everyday the same gate. There are only 5 fingers, so 90% of the flights use bus gates.
Domestic and European schenghen concurse at terminal 1:
Every airlines use to have an own numbers of gates, so they could use them as they want.
Of course some airlines that have only 1 or 2 gates use always the same gate everyday; AZ is the larger operator there and it has many gates, so everyday use to change gates for every flights.
International area at terminal 1:
Every day different gates for every flights.
US carriers can use only 2 finger on each day.
Gates use to be allocate few time before boarding time.
Rwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 452 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 866 times:
at RUH I have noticed that some gates are usually seen with larger aircraft while others with smaller ones..
example at T1 (non-SV airliners).. gate 13, 16 is usually seen with 747, A340, 777 while 18 and 11 are for 737.
I guess so many factors contribute in gate allocation. In RUH which is not so crowded and busy like other world airports I would think that the above gates would be allocated as it is further away from the terminal periphral extensions making the larger aircraft easier to move.
9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 844 times:
I know that Gate1, 2, 3, 4 are gates for Cathay Pacific here in Hong Kong, especially one, everytime go to airport for spotting or travelling, back or other reasons there's gotta be a CX!Travelled to Sydney in September and got gate 1 with a B744.Also got gate 4 when i got back!Both were CX flights.
Also Singapore Airlines uses gate 24 usually, or 25 and 26.Of course most flights are to Singapore, and also to SFO and Taipei!
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2212 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 830 times:
At ORD they have their own gates for airlines like United and American and the other ones might have one or more.
At MDW it's like O'Hare but they are getting a renovation job and they are building a new terminal and new gates and it's half finished and they are using the new and old gates cause of the construction. I remember when I was going to my National flight and they told me one gate and when I was waiting in line we were told to go to another gate. All the other airlines have their own gate but National shares with America West.
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Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2442 posts, RR: 15 Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 754 times:
Think about this. If you had to assign gates for an airline that basicly has the same sked every day, wouldn't you try to stick to the same plan every day. Barring irregular operations I think most hubs operate with the same gate assignments everyday. This way everyone knows in advance which cargo goes where, what catering needs to be done, what maintenance needs are, ect.
Deltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1617 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 753 times:
I don't know if UAL still does this but back in 97 when I flew them a lot in the summer I remember they had this thing called the B/C system for gates at O'hare. If you the a/c was either bound for, or arriving from Boston, ATL, LGA, EWR, PHL, DCA or MSP it was called a B flight and assigned a B gate at the B concourse. All other destinations were C flights and went from the C concourse. The thinking was the high paying business travelers were usually on the B flights, so why not allocate the closer in gates for those types of pax. In the evening and early morning times flights bound for SFO and LAX also became B flights and launched from the B concourse. Of course you would see flights going to or arriving from OMA, DEN, IAH, DFW, STL to name a few on the B concourse, but 90% of the time that exact a/c was either continuing on to one of the cities named above or coming in from one of those cities and going to a "C" city. Like I said before, I don't know if UAL still sticks to this schedule or not, and of course when the bad t-storms would hit then and they needed every gate they could get, it didn't matter where flights were coming or going they went to the next availble gate whether it was on B, C or E!
Twa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3078 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 713 times:
I flew to LAX from C18
to SLC from B3 and B5
to ANC from C26...
so its not all true.
but i remember i flew SJC-ORD and i came into F2... and i had tracked the flight before and it came into F2 all the time, unless it was delayed. So i think they have an overall plan of where flights go, but if some are delayed they shuffle them around.
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BizJet From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 269 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 708 times:
The system that Deltaflyertoo refers to lasted for a couple years, but was discountinued sometime in the last three years. Flights to those destinations he mentioned (and a few others) were called BusinessOne service, and they used dedicated, close-in gates at O'Hare Terminal One's Concourse B (which doesn't require the journey through the underground tunnel to get to baggage claim and ground transportation). But the system got too complex and aircraft/route/gate assignments became too difficult, so they no longer dedicate those flights to the B gates.
Delta does a similar thing with the T-Gates at ATL (they don't require a trip through the underground mall). Delta used to tag their hourly service to DCA, BWI, PHL, LGA, EWR, BOS (Etc) CityPass, and try to get those flights out of the T-Gates. While it isn't guaranteed, most flights to those destinations still leave from the T-Gates or gates in the A concouse close to the centerpoint (where the train/underground mall is). (As of last month, however, all DCA departures were going out of a dedicated gate in the E concourse to comply with additional security requirements).
25 Blink182: Personally, I have no idea why most airlines change gate assignments everyday. It probably has a lot of factors involved. What I have seen American do
26 Tom in NO: People might be interested in how the various airport authorities issue gates to airlines. There are a couple of ways: 1) airlines will sign a lease t