Excuse me if this was mentioned earlier. Has it been stated where DLs. gates will be in new terminal and how many they will have?
They have not announced where Delta's gates will be yet. But I would imagine at least all of the North concourse and part of the South concourse
If that turns out to be the case, it seems as if DL may be thinking way down the road in case they would ever need the 3rd.concourse.
By the way great job you are doing, thanks for taking the time.
Thank you! I'm going to assume that based on their long term plans (they were involved in the design of the airport) that they are going to want to gravitate towards the outer edges of the airport because the majority of traffic is connecting and will never need to cross under the tunnel. And when they do expand to the third concourse, they will have one continuous "block" of gates. I'm assuming that they would keep around half of the gates in the south concourse initially. They also need to maintain a permanent presence in the south concourse because there are 4-6 widebody gates with specialized FIS immigration corridors and I don't think that they are going to leave them to waste.
Currently, Delta uses all 13 gates in C, 22 in B, and 13 gates in D, along with the regional gates in E (of which there were 40, but it currently stands at 24, and most of them are just doors onto the tarmac anyways), for a total of 58 mainline gates + let's say an equivalent of 14 mainline gates for the E concourse as they move towards more mainline flying. KLM shares with Delta at gate D2 but isn't of much significance to overall airport traffic. I don't know what gates Aeromexico will use. Otherwise the remaining traffic is consolidated to the 8 A gates.
I would imagine that other carriers are going to begin to occupy more gates upon the opening of the new airport because the A concourse has been packed within the last few years. Alaska was sharing with Delta in B but had to move elsewhere because of their souring relationships... jetBlue has one gate, frontier has one gate, Air Canada had one gate but is now cancelling service to Toronto, I don't know who is picking up that gate. I think southwest has 2 or 3 and Alaska has two gates.
I imagine that when the west concourses open, Delta will be the sole occupant because the A concourse will still be in operation during construction of the east concourse.
The new airport has enough gates, but just barely enough. I can see why they are itching to expand. Even if Delta does switch over entirely to mainline gates, that leaves them with 65 jetbridge gates and other carriers with 10 gates. That's only 7 over the amount they currently have, though these gates will be more flexible and efficient. I would expect to see the north concourse full expansion to be approved because I don't think DL wants to move into an airport that's only the right size for the immediate moment. Adding 15 gates to the north concourse would allow giving 3 or so back to other carriers and DL getting an extra 12 gates, bringing their total to 77.
This is what I expect the 2024 full airport to be arranged as:
As Delta expands northward, they can give more gates back to other carriers (obviously as they see fit because they do not play nicely here... I may be overly optimistic in how generous delta is going to be in conceding to other carriers). There would obviously be 1 widebody gate on the south concourse that non-skyteam carriers would use, if say LH, Condor, etc. ever showed up here. I think the current equivalent of that gate is A8, which Air Canada was using with their ERJs to Toronto. SkyTeam partners (KL, AM, and KE or AF in the future) could use the FIS gates on the north portion of the south concourse that have dedicated walkways to immigration.