|Quoting tonystan (Reply 1):|
I would imagine the cut in Immigration and customs officers/hours probably has a lot to do with it! And it's a out to get a whole lot worse....
Nothing to do with it. Customs has always been understaffed at MCO
especially around the 4-6pm hour when passengers have been held on planes Airside 4 for up to 2 hours.
|Quoting BGIplanefreak (Thread starter):|
Is there a reason for this. Are renovations being done on Airside 4 that would necessitate airlines to switch over to Airside 1? It just strikes me that Airside 4 seems under utilized, except for the few hours in the late afternoon when all the European services arrive. Any thoughts??
Think about this for a second - really the only wide body flights in Airside 1 are TAM now, plus the occassional Air Transat that is post cleared - most Air Transat are precleared at their destination which allows Air Transat, West Jet, Sunwing, Can Jet and Air Canada to act like domestic arrivals here.
Aeromexico, Copa, Jet Blue, TAM have moved to Airside 1. Jet Blue moved the whole airline to Airside 1 - so that made total sense. There may be less flights in Airside 4, but consider that the aircraft that park in Airside 4 are longer turns. Some Virgin flights are 3-4 hour turns, so they are sitting at that gate the whole time. Gate 80 is British's signatory gate, Gate 81 is Virgin's. Gates 82, 84J, (86 is taken out of service in this configuration so they can have 7 wide body gates, if 86 was left in service only 5 gates would be able to handle wide bodies) 87, 85 and 83 are GOAA gates. Up until half a year ago, Air France was still using Airside 4 also. Despite the less flights while TAM still there Airside 4 was very crowded. This list below - these planes are usually here simultaneously in the 4-7pm hour, gates are underused prior to 3pm and after 8pm
80 - British
81 - Virgin
83 - usually Virgin
85 - usually Virgin
87 - often Virgin
82 - was TAM, probably Air Tran now
84J - Lufthansa
I believe TAM is only in Airside 1 temporarilly until they get some of the Airside 4 improvements completed. A few of the 90s gates are being converted into International gates - which I believe 2-3 are being added. Once that is completed, TAM and maybe a couple other airlines will move to Airside 4.