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Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:48 pm

I was wondering, and this applies mostly to RJ flights, how do they board multiple flights that leave freom the same gate around the same time? It is hard to explain what I mean, but you should get it.


Also, on a related note, how do they borad 2 flights to the SAME city leaving at close to the same time from ADJECENT gates? (AKA FLL-CVG on 6 leaves at 12:44pm from D7 and 12:45pm from D6)
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:58 pm


At DFW, DL sometimes boards up to four flights from the same gate within 5 minutes or so of each other. The scanning machine at the gate knows the flights numbers eligible for boarding. Also, as you walk outside, an agent asks where you are going and points the way. At some gates, a sign is posted near the plane with the destination city.

The real challenge is getting around all the people arriving and walking the opposite direction as you! At gate 24 for example, you might see six or seven planes parked and pax using the same tiny, enclosed walkway.
 
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:01 pm

The King of 6 flights leaving form the same gate is SkyWest in SLC.
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:04 pm

CDG regularly boards seperate flights from the same gate...it's a split jetway. The only navigation aid you get is a lovely French woman who usually grabs your ticket and pushes you towards your respective aircraft. Viva la France, huh?  Big thumbs up

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:25 pm

At SEA, Horizon has two or three gates that board multiple flights. I'm not sure of the actual gate numbers but I think it's something like Gate C-1, C-3 and C-5. Those numbers are then followed by A thru E or F (again I'm not sure) When you go through C-1 you follow the painted walkway to A or B or whatever. It's like an airport within an airport LOL.

As for the flights going to the same city at the same time from neigboring gates, that's what flight numbers are for.
 
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 2:41 pm

Also, DFW boards nearly ALL of their American Eagle flights at Terminal A, gates 1-2. This is simply because of the large amount of regional flights that come in because of the great distances between cities in Texas. Add those with all the other carriers and you've got a large open tarmac with plenty of buses to shuttle around the pax. I'd say around 40-60 flights a day, at least for American Eagle, go through 2 gates.

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 2:55 pm

In Toledo, before they were finished with the ramp construction on the west end of the terminal, mesaba and commutair used gate four and american eagle and shuttle america used gate three. Generally, all four of our flights left at the same time which was a nightmare...but now the construction is all done and we are all back at having one gate per airline. Now, the closest thing resembling this is our gate 1a. It is a long covered walkway that has three "doors" . This hosts Comair, ACA, and ASA. All ATL or CVG flights and usually board at the same time as well.

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:05 pm

Usneallt82 is slightly off on the DFW AAEagle operation:

In 2000 or 2001, AA opened its AAEagle satellite terminal. Prior to this, just about all AAEagle flights had a dedicated bus for each flight; you would board a bus at gates A1-A9, and the bus would take you straight to the plane. Some of the RJs would board at regular gates, usually gate A10 or A11.

After the satellite terminal was built, there is only one bus to take. From gate A2, the bus takes you straight to the satellite terminal, where you board your flight from gates A2A-A2K. The jetbridges at the satellite terminal are not real "jetbridges" per se; they are more like covered walkways that elevate to match the aircraft.

For a while, all of AAEagle's jet operations went through AA's Terminal B gates. However, with the expansion of the jet operation, some ERJs have moved back to the satellite terminal. All CRJ operations still go through the B gates.
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:16 pm

On another note, Usneallt82, I noticed on another post that you live in the Abilene area -- where? I was born and raised there, and I absolutely love the new terminal they have at ABI. If you haven't been by lately, you should check it out.
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:22 pm

Yes, I'm actually still here at the moment. I'm finishing up another degree before returning to full active status with the Navy. I've been flying out of ABI for the past several months to brush up on my skills and I love the new terminal! It was actually a surprise to see such a modern finish to this area, but it sure is useful. Especially with the dozen or so crowded Eagle flights from DFW and, now, with the new Continental Express routes to IAH. They've been even talking about having Delta Connection service the area as well, since Abilene seems to be getting much larger these days.

Not to mention the fact that the Saab 340's are coming out of service for most carriers, so the new jetways help out tremendously with the ERJ flights. Besides, it looks so much better.  Big thumbs up

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Sat Jan 17, 2004 5:32 am

Who has mentioned DL Connection service? Long ago, ASA served ABI-DFW as a DL Connection carrier, but pulled out in the early '90s. Personally, I doubt that the ABI market can support two airlines serving DFW. What ABI really needs is service to the west, but the options are somewhat limited. United Express to DEN would be great, but given UA's financial position (and their lack of service to MAF & LBB) indicates that this won't happen anytime soon. I'd love to see America West Express to PHX, but if they couldn't make it work at MAF, I doubt they could at ABI.
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:41 am

I believe they do that at the Domestic terminal in CCS when the aircraft is parked outside of a gate and people have to take a bus, this is usually small planes.
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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:42 am

At MSP there are a few multiple boarding gates. In August 2003, I was briskly walking to the gate as they had made an announcement for my name on the intercom, when I got there I was the last one to board the F-100 to ORD. The entrance was split into 2, on the left side of the rope, you go to ORD, on the right side you go to DFW. There were a few people in line just starting boarding to DFW.

Also in the G area, where the international flights leave. I flew MSP-MCO on a NWA 757 in late August 2003, and for some reason we used this gate. There was no rope this time, because there was no other aircraft at the gate, they just told us all to go left.

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:20 am

At IAD ACA would board two or three flights at the same time through what appeared to be one gate...it was actually two--just one "finger" if you know what the A terminal looks like. A CSA would check the boarding pass when walking out to the covered walkway and then another would be stationed at the door in front of their plane. The placement of destinations throughout the terminal didn't make it too bad, but when there was a gate change--look out!

I remember once Greenville and Greensboro were boarding at the same "finger" at the same time--several passengers switched the names around and tried to get on the wrong plane. Fortunately the CSAs stationed inside the covered walkway got everything sorted out.

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Sun Jan 18, 2004 3:01 am

Propjock - know what you mean about ACA @ IAD... They try to be consistent with gates, and the last two times I've flown out on the last flight to Charlottesville out of 9(c), there has been a flight to Charleston out of 9(b) within 5 or 10 minutes of it. Given that many of the gate agents have heavy accents, this often causes mass confusion... especially once you get 'into' the finger, because you get cross noise from the J41s and CRJs.

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RE: Boarding Multiple Flights From The Same Gate

Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:59 pm

SDF fo AE is usually a challange duing multiple boardings. You decend down some stairs to the ramp and follow a marked path way (which no one seems to follow) the proceed to they jet. Only problem is that on weekend you have one RJ from ORD and one from DFW and no agents on the ramp to direct the poor pax to the right aircraft if they are both leaving at the same time, One time a FA working the DFW flight and I (working the ORD flight) spent a better part of a half hour playing mucial aircraft with the pax because of this.

YOW was another odd one espically for the transborder flights. Basicaly a long covered (and thankfully) heated walkway with 3 no-discrip doors at the end, leading to the ramp with no one really telling the pax where to go. Normally in the moring 4 planes (AE, NW Airlink, Air Canada, CoEx) would try to board all at the same time. Utter chaos. But it's better now thanks to the new shiny terminal there.
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