At first I orignally intended to put this in the trip reports forum, but though that I could make it fit here.
With the new schedule additions that took effect on December 01, 2004 at FLL, they have made gates D6 and D7 in RJ gates, with ramps leading down to the tarmac with three parkings per gate. On Friday night (2004.12.03) when we landed, all six main parkings were in use, and we were parked behind and between two RJs. A few minutes later one left and we took their spot. I also notice there are lines between and behind as like holding spots until a space is cleared.
Now the questions. I know Delta pretty much utilized all their gates all the time. Now, not having the old schedule and new schedule to compare, were the flight schedules with mainline aircraft adjusted to accomodate the net loss of on jetway for the bigger jet? Has this limited space affected on time performances much, for either Mainline or Connection flights? I know there have been several days already this month that has effected ops out of airport that get service from FLL, mainly ATL.
It was great before being able to board RJs through a gate. It will be interesting the effects when those summer-time TS come back next year. Lot of people getting wet, like we do here in TLH when we must board.