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Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 9:10 am

Does an airport have a set of gates used only for arriving flights and another set of gates for used by departing flights?

I always figured it was this way. The arrival gates are connected to the customs/bagage claim area of the airport and the departure gates near the check-in desks.

Also, is it the same at every airport.
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RE: Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 9:46 am

For international flights, most airports have certain arrival gates that are linked to customs facilities. Aircraft arrive at these gates, and then usually are towed over to gates owned by that particular airline or an airline affiliated with that one for boarding. IF not, then the aircraft just stay at the international gates. Domestic flights usually stay at the same gate for the entire time they are at the airport. All gates at an airport have access to the baggage claim area.

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RE: Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 10:34 am

It varies from airport to airport and to some extent depends on the customs control of the country involved.

Where arrivals and departures are both subject to customs control the aircraft will probably arrive and depart from the same gate. In some airports arriving and departing pax are separated for control and flow purposes and this is done by having departures upstairs and arrivals downstairs. The airbridge will then move up or down to the relevant floor depending on whether the plane is arriving or departing or their will be two ramps attached to the airbridge and the one that is not required at the time is roped off.
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RE: Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 10:47 am


I never knew about them being able to switch floors.
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RE: Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 1:49 pm

At most of the international airports in the US and Canada that I have been to recently (essentially LAX, HNL, YVR), aircraft typically remain at the same gate. International arrival gates usually have the ability to route passengers to customs and immigration so that they don't mingle with departing passengers and domestic arrivals. Domestic arriving passengers just go into the departure gate area, and from there can make their way to baggage claim. Aircraft with a long layover may be moved from the gate to a remote stand to allow other aircraft to use the gate, and then brought back either to that gate or another when it is time to board passengers for the departing flight.
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RE: Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 2:02 pm

all of this is true...some airports have ramps down from the departures concourse to meet the aerobridge on the arrivals level. By simply shutting the doors up or down passengers are routed along the correct path. Some airports, for example Heathrow terminal four, have the aerobridge connected to an 'island' where ramps lead up to the departures level or down to the arrivals level. On arrival a member of ground staff directs passengers down the ramp to arrivals. Domestic terminals generally do not require the same segregation of passengers so the design is a lot more straight forward.
Hope this helps!  
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RE: Arrival/departure Gates

Tue Oct 31, 2000 2:19 pm

With the renovation of our concourse C at MSY, 3 new international-able gates were incorporated into the design. These three accept both international and domestic traffic, and are only accessible from the 2nd level. Here's how it works:

1) from the departure to the aircraft jetway, there are 2 security doors. The first (we'll call it Door 1) leads from the departure lounge to a hallway. Within this hallway are 2 other doors, the first of which (Door 2) is the actual jetway door. The second door (Door 3) in this hallway leads downstairs (to the first level) to Immigration, Customs, baggage claim, etc.
2) during an international arrival Door 1 is left closed, Door 3 is opened up. This directs incoming traffic directly down the stairs.
3) during a domestic arrival Door 1 is opened, and Door 3 is left closed. This directs incoming traffic into the main concourse.

It's an inexpensive and effective way of separating out arrival domestic and int'l pax, and getting them going in the right direction. Naturally, boarding for all flights off these gates is done in the same departure lounges.

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