While listening to the arrival controller for Toronto Intl (CYYZ) & pilots on my scanner the other day, after the pilots of Air Canada Flt# 923 (from Orlando, Florida) were instructed to set up for an approach to runway 06L, the one pilot said this after his instruction read-back .....
"That's great! We've got 90 people on a tight connection"
This statement by the pilot got me wondering about a question........
If a flight is arriving (especially if it's late) that has passengers onboard who need to get on another connecting flight, will the dispatchers of the arriving airline contact ATC services to make a request for the most suitable runway (closest to the gate) that will help speed up the taxi time & thus the connection?
Do ATC controllers get informed that an arriving flight has another aircraft waiting on the ramp for it's arrival/connection so that the controllers can try to help the two flights connect faster, if possible .... to keep passengers happy?
Because there's usually many computer screens around an ATC controller's post, other than the radar scopes, I'm just wondering if such info as tight connections might also be displayed?
Or, is a tight connection & an airline dispatcher's wishes, NEVER the concern of an ATC controller because they have much more important tasks to take care of?
>> Also, in the photo below on the left, you can see a computer monitor which appears to have 4 round gauges presented on it. Are these gauges for showing wind speed & direction in different quadrants of the airport property?
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