rjpieces
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"xld" At ATL

Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:02 pm

I'm flying Delta through Atlanta tomorrow. It says my arrival gate is "XLD". Any idea what that means?
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wjcandee
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RE: "xld" At ATL

Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:13 pm

I'm hopin' you're jokin'.

But if you're not, as your profile seems innocent enough...XLD usually means "cancelled". I'd call the airline.
 
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RE: "xld" At ATL

Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:31 pm

Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
I'm hopin' you're jokin'.

Nope.

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 1):
But if you're not, as your profile seems innocent enough...XLD usually means "cancelled". I'd call the airline.

Why would they put XLD as the arrival gate? The flight status showed no indication of it being cancelled...And it seems very unlikely that they would cancel a very common flight on a route with hourly service 24+ hours in advance.
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RE: "xld" At ATL

Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:19 pm

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 2):
Why would they put XLD as the arrival gate? The flight status showed no indication of it being cancelled...And it seems very unlikely that they would cancel a very common flight on a route with hourly service 24+ hours in advance.

I can't answer the "why", but I can tell you for SURE that "Gate XLD" = a cancelled flight ... it could be an error, but better be safe that sorry : I'd pick up the phone and give good ol' DL (since this sounds like a DL thing) a call ... if it's not DL, obviously call whoever your airline is ...  Smile

Other odd gates? "Gate DLN" (I think) ... saw that on a flight listing to MSY just after Katrina, the relief flight in question was staging from Delta North (the MX hangar) .... makes me wonder if there's a "Gate TOC" to go with it ...

Lastly - your ARRIVAL gate is "XLD", but you still have a departure gate at your departure airport ?

That's just plain weird. I repeat above advice : pick up the phone and call ... might save you time if indeed the flight is not operating ...

If you are flying Delta and are a Skymiles member, make SURE your Skymiles number is attached to your ticket, and your profile is current.

Delta will almost always call you if your flight is cancelled, usually to tell you what flight they've already rebooked you on, or whatever other options you have available. Several times I've actually had them catch me before I even left for the airport, in cases of really bad weather in ATL.

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wjcandee
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RE: "xld" At ATL

Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:34 pm

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 2):
Why would they put XLD as the arrival gate? The flight status showed no indication of it being cancelled...And it seems very unlikely that they would cancel a very common flight on a route with hourly service 24+ hours in advance

Uh, maybe the ice storm that's plunged 450,000 people in the area into total darkness?

But, if not that, then maybe you have answered your own question. It could be an error, or the arrival gate might not presently be determined given that it's more than 24 hours before the flight. Maybe the flight TODAY was cancelled and that somehow found it into the gate number for tomorrow. I was starting to ask why anybody would possibly care what gate they're arriving into, but I realize that if you're making a connection, that is information that can be comforting to know -- as in, you will know if the gate is nearby. But, here's a clue: gates at ATL change pretty darn frequently, especially on days with inclement weather.

But there is absolutely no reason to even bother asking US online, when you can pick up the telephone, dial an 800 number, and get a definitive answer.

Good luck.
 
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RE: "xld" At ATL

Fri Dec 16, 2005 8:43 pm

XLD would displayed when the flight didn't operate the previous day and the ATL Tower has yet to assign the flight a gate for the current day. The flight is only canceled if within flight status it shows canceled.

DLN would display if the flight number is new to that city and has not been added into SMRS.
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