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MKE Gate Numbering

Sat Dec 06, 2003 1:53 am

I've always wondered about this:

How long ago did the airport planners anticipate Mitchell Airport having so many gates? Obviously times have changed enough to justify perhaps revisiting the topic and making things a bit easier on the MKE traveler.

Are there other airports that have relatively archaic numbering schemes?
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RE: MKE Gate Numbering

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:00 am

From the airport planning point of view, two things come to mind:

1) MKE has a concourse to the left of concourse B on their design boards (though it's likely been that way for many, many years). Those gates would likely have the gate 1-19 designations on them.
2) they didn't want to duplicate gate numbers, even though the concourses have different labels. When I first flew into MKE back in '79, the gate designations were the same as they are now.

Also, I believe LAX similarly numbers their gates, but the first number on their gate designations is the terminal number that it's on. EG: gate 36 is in terminal 3.

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RE: MKE Gate Numbering

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:12 am

I would naturally have expected not just one but TWO concourses to the left [Northwest] of C that would accommodate 19 gates, but space is pretty tight on that side of the airport now.

In addition, the only thing that's actually planned to my knowledge is an extension of C to create a net gain of 6 gates, which will then cause overlap in numbering with D.

I suppose only then would we expect a renumbering, but who knows if an adjustment in the concourse naming would occur.
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RE: MKE Gate Numbering

Sat Dec 06, 2003 3:44 pm

Yea, the "hammerhead" at the end of C is the only plan I know of. They're busy remodeling the existing Concourse C right now.

Somehow I don't see GMIA messing with the numbering scheme much. As Tom points out, it's been in the current format for at least 25 years now. The regulars are familiar with it, and I can't imagine it being all that confusing to visitors. It's a well signed, relatively easy to get around terminal, and there has been very little movement of airline gate locations.

I guess for the C gate extension they will have to renumber C, or maybe they will try to "fudge" with an LAX style use of "A" as an appendix (ie gate 28, 28A, 29, 29A, etc)

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RE: MKE Gate Numbering

Sat Dec 06, 2003 3:50 pm

RNO has concourse B and C but no A. I asked what happened to A and was told they have a plan to expand in the future with concourses on both sides of the current terminal. It makes sense to me.
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RE: MKE Gate Numbering

Sun Dec 07, 2003 1:35 am

D was originally the "A" Concourse and E was originally the "B" concourse... that is the order they were built in ... "A" had gates 1 to like 10 and be was like 11 to 19 or soemthing like that...

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