I have been having a look through many posts and researching about US Airways departure and arrival times at LGW for a while now but still there are some things that puzzle me about their former services at LGW. From a peak in the Summer of 2002, there was 4 services per day; 2 x PHL, 1 x CLT and 1 x PIT. This then reduced to 3 services per day after that, as one of the Philadelphia routes ended. Now there are many different departure times I've seen for these flights except one which I always see the same times; Pittsburgh - US740 arrives Gatwick 05:55 and US741 which departs Gatwick at 11:15. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
However, the Philadelphia flights are not easy to understand. I've seen LGW-PHL departure times such as 11:30, 11:45, 12:15, 12:30, 14:25, 14:45 and 14:55. This really confuses me, were these two different flights and in different years or where the departure times changed alot?
US098 from Philadelphia, it seems, was always scheduled to arrive at Gatwick also at 05:55, so if the PHL and PIT flights arrive at 05:55 and the departure times for the PHL and PIT flights are 11:15 onwards, that's a ground time of
5 hours or more at Gatwick on a daily basis. If this is correct, how could US Airways afford to keep these aircraft on the ground for so long at LGW and why did they need to spend that long at LGW? It must have
cost US Airways and LGW alot of money if they are occupying gates for so long?
I would appreciate any feedback about this and also hopefully some answers to my questions.
Thank you for your time.