SHUPirate1 - You are right, Chautauqua does indeed use gates 7 & 8, however, these gates do NOT have the permanent stairs pulled up to the jetbridge and mainline flights use these gates as RON's/Fleet Launch departures.
I know that in the past year, the PHL
A321 would always arrive at Gate 8 at night, and would go out as US #1 LGA
the next morning. I myself never knew that Gate 7 was back in the mainline fold until I arrived there last week on a PIT
flight. I checked the US website, and sure enough a LGA
flight went out of Gate 7 the next day. LGA
sees the most RON's of any focus city, and thus there is a premium for RON gate space.
Note that even when US was the major player at LGA
, gates 1-6 were still always Express. Gates 7 & 8 were Metrojet gates, and have been in "limbo" since MJ
went under. With the Express expantion at LGA
, those gates were needed for service with Express.
Also, gates 15 & 16 see an equal mix of Shuttle & "regular flying," it isn't just occasional non-Shuttle flying.
As for gates 17-22, those are not exclusive Shuttle gates either. I flew to MSY
out of 21 last week, and I frequently see that Caribbean flights (NAS
, FPO, BDA, SJU
) go out of those gates as well. To agree with you, however, I've never seen "hub" flying out of those gates (CLT