Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
What Major Airports Can You Deboard With Stairs?  
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

What major airports of the world do you sometimes get off of your plane by stairs, not by airbridge? What size airplanes do this? I was on a trip to Greece and Turkey this summer and we flew between ATL and ATH via ZRH on Swissair fligths. On the flight from ATH to ZRH, we flew a Swissair A321 and instead of going to an airbridge, we went to a "parking" area and just got off on stairs.

83 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineKlm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5178 times:

At Charles deGaulle (CDG) in Paris we got off of our Air France A320 using stairs, and we boarded our Continental 777 using stairs, we went in the second door right by the engines, you don't realize how big they are until you actually walk next to one.

User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5162 times:

At DFW I deplaned an ASA CRJ-600 using the built in CRJ stairs.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

FRA, CDG, LGW, LHR, ZRH, and GVA will all have you deboard and board via stairs a lot of the time.

That's one thing that's great about European airports.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

At airports like CDG, do they always make flights like Continentals 777 ones to the US go on stairs?

User currently offline764er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

At EWR you board the CO ERJ's and ATR's from stairs. A bus takes you out to them. If it's an international flight (Canada) I think thy take you to the international gate.

User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

At BKK you sometimes board/deboard a/c with stairs, including 773 and 744 flights I was on.

You then get on a bus that zips under the nose of all the other birds on it's way to the terminal!

User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 5096 times:

At DTW, you board most of NW's CRJ's and AvroRJ's via stairs. A bus takes you out to the regional 'terminal'

User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2744 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

at YOW you use stairs on First Air and Canadian North flights

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

Tel Aviv still boards this way. They are building a new terminal, so that will eventually change.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

I boarded a 727 in DFW using stairs.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offline777-200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1024 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 5038 times:

Ive been on a DL 772 that deboarded via stairs at LGW and a Swissair A320 At Geneva

Another Day, Another Dollar.... Young Jeezy
User currently offlineUsairdc9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

ILS I believe that you must use the stairs most of the time on an CRJ-600 as I did 2 times in CLT and 2 in YEG.............

User currently offlineB764 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

STT in the caribbean uses stairs for every plane. In SJU to board commuters you must use stairs, but jets have jetways. Only been to those two airports in the caribbean so no help about other airports there. Anyone been to SXM? What do they use there?

User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 5000 times:

CDG - didn't quite deplane on the tarmac but onto one of those hydraulic buses that rise up to the aircraft's door level. I guess the airport is just pressed for gates. For boarding, we would walk down the jetbridge halfway and load onto the bus to the aircraft that's parked miles away...makes for a nice tour of the airport.

STT-All boarding and deplaning done on the tarmac, whether it's an ATR or a 757.


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3814 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 4992 times:

at phl because of too few international gates, at the afternoon peak up to 5 planes end up parking and transporting passengers to terminal by bus

User currently offlineAv8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (14 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 4983 times:

BUR (below) and SAN at gates #1 & #2.

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © James Richard Covington, Jr

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (14 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

I have deboarded on an A320 and the 727 at DCA and LGA once on USAirways Shuttle. I dunno if theyll still do now.

Flying on ACA at IAD, you use the stairs since they don't use jetways.

User currently offlineSouthstar From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

I know you can (or atleast could when I was in these places)
FRA - NZ 744 & LH 320
ATH - LH 320?
CAI - MS 340
BKK - TG 744
SYD - UA 744 & AN 762

All were international flights and many more in Australia on domestic but I guess most of those airports wouldn't be considered "major". If the weather is nice and I'm not in a hurry then I prefer the stairs otherwise give me an aerobridge.

User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3814 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (14 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

i think on both delta and usairways shuttle flights they use a jetway and a stairway, one at each end of the plane to decrease the time it takes to unload.

User currently offlineBluewhite From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

Hong Kong.

B757/B737/MD80/90 usually.
Of course, during typhoons, a lot more aircraft deboard by stairs.


User currently offlineMatt_milligan From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 4958 times:

Lisbon and Porto, Portugal

Boarded an A310.

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (14 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

CDG is a bit pressed for gates now, but once the new terminal is completed, there won't be problems. When I flew there this Christmas, we parked right by the construction, and you could see the terminal taking shape.

User currently offlineMr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 976 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (14 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 4941 times:

At Auckaland airport I regularly see passengers getting off the aircraft via steps. They are usually 767's (from what I have seen).

User currently offlineKdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (14 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 4935 times:

I have deplaned by stairs at LHR (it was raining) and Seoul's Kimpo. I boarded an aircraft at HKG (Kai Tak) using stairs. Little need for stairs at Hong Kong's new airport and Seoul's Incheon. Have no idea why we used stairs at LHR. Suppose they wanted to welcome us to some fine London weather.

25 PanAm747 : MBJ
26 Teva : About CDG, if you fly in a turboprop or regional jet, you take a bus and walk. for bigger planes, it depends if there is an airbrige available at the
27 BDRules : i boarded Airtours 767-300 via stairs at SYD coming home
28 Fritzi : At VIE, you board all RJ´s using stairs and then you may also sometimes board heavies and some mid range aircrafts using stairs. When I landed in VIE
29 Lowfareair : Unless you fly AA, DL, or WN, at SJC you will board by stairs.
30 CV990A : I've disembarked at Geneva, JNB, Islip, DCA and embarked at BCN, Cape Town, and JFK using stairs. Of course, with the exception of Cape Town and JNB,
31 Jetsetter : I disembarked an AA 757 in Caracas (CCS) by stairs once. There were other times we used a jetbridge though.
32 Peter_A330 : I once disembarked at MAN at one of the remote stands it was a Canada 3000 A330, and the stairs we moving all over the place it was at rear of the pla
33 FlyCMH : At FCO, I desembarked from a Delta MD-11 using air stairs. From there, we boarded a bus that took us across the tarmac to the main terminal area. At t
34 BWIrwy4 : SXM boards using the stairs. No jetways.
35 Airblue : In Munich sometime a bus take you from the gate to the plane, but then you don't you the stairs but an airbridge. The fact is that airbridges are not
36 Sabena 690 : In Brussels you can go down by stairs, when you have a small aircraft like CRJ, DeHavilland Dash, ATR, Embraer,... The most other aircrafts depart fro
37 EI133 : At Dublin you can disembark off a lot of flights using airstairs and either walk into the terminal or be bused in depending on the flight.EI133
38 Ryu2 : I've boarded/deboarded with stairs at NRT and HKG (yes, even the new HKG airport gets crowded at times) before.
39 Garuda : At CGK (Jakarta International), most domestic flights (excluding Garuda's) are using stairs. The planes are either B737s or Fokker F28/100. At DPS (Ba
40 Fanofjets : Long Beach, CA, has no air bridges whatsoever - it's the stairs everytime. As a bonus, you can admire the tastefully restored Art Deco terminal.
41 Mah4546 : I have used stair de-boarding flying AA at Barajas, DL at Malpensa, and LY at Ben Gurion.
42 Djnorthwest : I know the old airport at Ontario was entirely outside, and i deplaned off a NW 757 from Minneapolis many years ago. I also find that many flights int
43 Mls515 : My use of stairs on non-regional aircraft: Tucson (TUC) (both boarding and de-planing) Aeromexico DC-9 La Paz, BCS (LAP) (both) Aeromexico DC-9 Barce
44 Aking8488 : No one's mentioned one of the biggest, if not the biggest, 747 "bases" in the world--Tokyo's "New" Narita Airport. There, NW quite frequently utilizes
45 Twaneedsnohelp : How about AMS?? I boarded a DL 763 three summers ago with a bus and air stairs. It seemed like it was the only plane that boarded in this manner thoug
46 Flitepathsa : At JNB there is a mixture of stairs and bridges. The International terminal has a number of bridges, but at busy times there are many heavies parked t
47 Asgeirs : I don't know if Berlin Tegel and London Stansted would classify as major airports, but at both places I have departed via stairs (A320 at Tegel & B733
48 Post contains images 2000first : I LOVE using stairs instead of the boring airbridges! I have managed to board quite a few planes this way incl..... Rich International Tristar (at Gan
49 Hartsfieldboy : GRU will use them when there is no space. I've used them twice that I remember. They put you on a bus and take you to customs. The vast majority of th
50 PSU.DTW.SCE : EGE - Vail/Eagle County, CO All stairs, no jet bridges. Its all 757-200's on AA, DL, CO, & NW. UA flys 146's in from DEN. Only has flights in during t
51 Hb-iqj : At TLV all aircrafts are de-and boarded with airstairs. Now they are in middle of building a new terminal, where they will already use airbridges. In
52 DeltAirlines : Here at BOS, Air Canada uses stairs quite a bit, especially during the 1800-2000 period, when the international gates are filled with EI (2), BA (2),
53 Timmay : There are no air-bridges in Cape Town. So from a 747-400 to a J41 it is all stairs. I actually quite like it that way.
54 Rw774477 : I boarded a 744 @ LHR bound for JFK - it was at a remote stand - no choice rw774477
55 NJTurnpike : BA 777s from PHL to LHR are often de-boarded by stairs at which point you're shepherded onto a BA bus to T4. Same can be true in reverse if the plane
56 BDRules : Also Ryanair 738 at MMX (Malmo-Sturrup) and all the time at EMA. even though its not a major airport. these include AIH A321, BD DC9 and FK100, BY 757
57 Yorkie : Further to NJ Turnpike's post. I believe Madrid is statistically one of the most likely (if not THE) most in Europe - that is, until the new terminal
58 Rolex01 : I know you used to be able to at ONT. They have finally gotten on the ball and caught up with civilization. They now have Bridges. Burbank is still ai
59 Jsnww81 : In Hawaii, up until a few years ago, all boarding at Kahului (OGG) was via airstairs. Then they built the new terminal in 1990-1992 which now has abou
60 Covert : If you really want to walk around the tarmac, come to Africa. You're gonna have a lot of fun walking past big widebodies belong to top European airlin
61 Yorkie : Here's a quiz question - is there an airport where you can ONLY use airstairs? I can suggest some candidates both in the same country. Many years ago
62 Turbolet : Depending how much of a major airport you consider MLA Malta International, stairs are the only way of boarding aircraft here. I think it's about time
63 Blink182 : EGE(Vail/Eagle CO) is all stairs. AA built their own terminal there fairly recently and it uses stairs also. At LGW, I have deboarded a BA 737-200 wit
64 Cx340 : In MEX you can sometimes get stairs, but it has become rather unusual. There are about 35 airbridges, and if you don't get one of them you go into one
65 Aio86 : At MXP back in 2000 all the US airlines served 2 gates (Continental, United, American, Delta, TWA, Northwest) so we boarded our UA 772 by stairs. A co
66 Tullamarine : In Australia the following airports are all stairs, there are more but they tend to be smaller regional airports - Adelaide domestic served by 737s, 7
67 Airpearl : At Narita during peak hours - especially mid/late afternoon when the US flights arrive and depart. I have disembarked using stairs on both UA and NW f
68 KaiTakFan : same here.. stairs for me a few times in Narita as with BKK late at night.
69 Post contains links FATFlyer : Fresno (FAT) still uses airstairs. That will change in June when a concourse expansion opens. Initially 4 jetways will be installed. http://www.ci.fre
70 BDRules : EMA is all stairs but are looking at having air bridges installed. havent heard any news on this though for quite a while. can anyone help
71 Loadcontroller : Definitely ZRH is one of them. We can do it here with all sizes of aircrafts. It happens from time to time that even an Airbus 330-200 or a MD-11 is p
72 CactusA319 : MDW has had flights use airstairs in the past. Delta used to use Comair's Gate B14 (it's now H14 I think) which didn't have a jetbridge so passengers
73 EGGD : Somebody might have said this before... As long as an airport has remote stands, which i'll bet 95% of major airports do, then you can deplane on stai
74 USAFHummer : JAC, Jackson Hole, WY has no jetways, all boarding is by stairs, largest a/c in there is AA 757... Greg
75 Zizou : All flights that come into Colombo (Sri Lanka), are boarded and deboarded via the stairs. There is talk of building some aerobridges, but nothing has
76 Post contains images G-VIIB : This is not an uncommon practice in Europe, as i have done it many times. Once, when i was young, i flew Lufthansa from somewhere in the US to FRA and
77 Post contains images N400QX : No jetways at BFI! Then again BFI doesn't really get a whole lot of non-regional commercial service except for cargo, charters, and deverting flights.
78 Rushed : when i flew NRT-SYD on JAL a few years back we got off the plane via stairs, then a long walk across the tarmac to the terminal...was fun.
79 Traveler : Hi! I know in CDG (Paris) Terminal T-9 uses stairs to deboard aircrafts. Terminal T-9 is mostly used for charter airlines.
80 Post contains links and images Capt.Picard : YAY!! STAIRS!! IN AFRICA!! Click for large versionPhoto © Halvard Hølleland And you can only get aboard/deboard by stairs at this city's airport
81 Srbmod : I know at ATL all ASA/Comair flights use the built in stairs on the a/c, and Corporate Airlines (do they still fly in/out of ATL?) you boarded from th
82 Post contains images MEA310 : In the summer of 2000,I was going to Washington in an Air France 777 when we boarded the plane in an open area,no airbridges no nothing,&it was great,
83 Post contains images HAJ_OW : Hi! Most german airports board at least some of their flights by stairs. And many european airports do so either. There are still some airports around
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
What Can You Do With A 747-300? posted Wed Jun 15 2005 13:17:31 by Avalon
What Can You Do With... posted Tue Jul 10 2001 21:17:15 by Hustler
Can You Help With This? posted Wed Jul 17 2002 11:05:10 by CroFlight
What Major Airline(s) Are You The Fan Of? posted Sat Oct 13 2001 14:10:51 by Sin777er
An Office With A View - What Can You See? posted Sun May 29 2005 10:16:03 by UK_Dispatcher
Can You Spot What's Wrong With This Plane? Part II posted Wed Jun 21 2000 02:40:10 by Teahan
Can You Spot What's Wrong With This Plane? posted Tue Jun 20 2000 02:53:03 by Teahan
NW & KE, What Can You Do? posted Thu Nov 23 2006 14:10:53 by Anair80
Canceled Flights On YX What Can You Do? posted Fri Nov 3 2006 04:14:07 by Legacytravel
Can You Imagine 777 With 4 Engines? posted Tue Nov 29 2005 23:34:17 by AirCanada014