One of the problems at ATL
is evening rush. I was on an AA
flight from ORD
that was 90 minutes late. Since we had gotten into ATL
's evening arrival rush, we zig-zagged all the way from Nashville. In fact, we flew 2 zig-zags between the Lake Lanier dam and downtown before turning for final on 26L. This added 20 minutes to the flight time.
Evening departure rush isn't much better between say 4:45 and 6:15. I've sat in lines of 10 to 25 aircraft, waiting for takeoff.
is cutting turnaround times to the absolute minimum, that isn't leaving much room for making up time from late arrivals at ATL
or elsewhere in the system.
The other problem for DL
will be TSA
. I don't know how things are at ATL
, but UA
is not happy with TSA
. My wife was on a UAX departure for CAK, and the flight was 20 minutes late departing, because only 25% of the bags checked in at ORD
had been loaded at scheduled departure time. TSA
was holding up the rest of the bags, and that was the case for most UA
and UAX departures that day, and apparently, a lot of days.
can't clear bags fast enough, then the faster turnaround times will be for naught, while baggage handlers are waiting around for bags to be delivered to the aircraft.