That is incorrect. IND
shuttle flights are more-or-less guaranteed to board at the main terminal. There are additional parking spots at gates A8 and A4A that ATA has ceded to C8
that are used for flights to other cities. A few flights -- mostly during peak times -- do still depart from the South Ramp using busses.
If you ask me, it was an ingenious idea to have C8
at the South Ramp. MDW
only has so much space and running a regional SAAB operation remotely makes infinitely more sense than does IAD
's initial approach of parking mainline aircraft remotely and using mobile lounges. Running the over 100 SAAB flights a day out of the South Ramp also reduced taxiway and alleyway congestion which, as is now being seen, can be quite fierce during time periods when both ATA and C8
have large banks of flights. I was shocked when ATA gave C8
gates to use at the terminal. Reportedly, it was more expensive to pay for bussing employees and assets than to give up two under-utilized gates. Hopefully finances will improve and we can move back to our "home" at the South Ramp.
I really never understood all the complaints over a simple four minute bus ride.