airplanetire
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Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Sun Sep 22, 2002 11:48 pm

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Why are there those buildings sticking off of the main terminal building on the side with a lot of 747s? The airbridges seem to come out of those buildings? Are the buildings for customs? Thanks!
 
ouboy79
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 12:36 am

If memory serves me correct...that is what they are for; customs. Customs is on the lower level of the terminal -- so you would need to direct the passengers downstairs and not out into the general waiting area.
 
Theiler
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 12:50 am

Ouboy is correct. Immediately after clearing the jet bridge, there is a staircase, which will take you downstairs to customs. Next to the staircase, there is a doorway, which opens to the central concourse.
 
KLAX
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 12:52 am

Also, look how they allow for the double gate docking, great imo because you can get more people on and off the 747s faster.

-Clovis
 
flyyul
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 12:56 am

They dont allow double docking...

One of the jetbridges is used for A320/B757 aircraft, while the other is used for the door right before the wings and the engines. I spent 3 weeks at DTW for Northwest training, I always found this odd...

Mark
 
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 1:35 am

That picture sure makes it look like they are using it for double door docking.
 
azjubilee
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:22 am

The international gates do have dual jetbridge capabilites. When there is a heavy there - they use both jetways. It was designed for that very purpose.



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azo
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:31 am

Maybe I just can't tell the difference, but is that a 757-300 that is two planes back from the last DC-10? It seems longer to me, but then again its kinda far and a bit hard to see.
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airlinelover
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:35 am

I have been @ DTW when it has been double docked, only once though, and they were running way behind, so they needed to get the pax on ASAP.. But that is the only time I know of..

Chris
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cba
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:39 am

As previously stated, they have a staircase leading to the lower level for customs. IAH, MAN, and FRA, along with many other intl. airports have similar setups. Basically, when you area boarding a departing flight, you go down a ramp or stairs to the jetbridge. When you arrive, the ramp/stairs going back up to the main terminal are blocked off, and you take another door to customs.
 
HlywdCatft
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RE: Why Are The Gates Like This At Dtw?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:52 am

Actually there is a really long escalator that takes you down to the lower level for immigration, international baggage and customs. Also inside each one of those buildings is an elevator for the handicapped international passengers.

The dual gates are actually designed to handle an aircraft like the A380 if Northwest ever gets it or another international carrier flies it eventually to DTW. The gates I hear are designed to raise to a higher level.