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Departure gates

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Departure gates

Why do the majority of Internet live departure boards not include gate information? It would be so useful

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Silver Spring...
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1. Re: Departure gates

I don’t know what an “Internet live board” is. Maybe because gates can change. You can always read the boards at the airport.

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What is an "internet live departure board." ?

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3. Re: Departure gates

Useful to who, and outbound or inbound?

If you are departing then you can keep an eye on the boards in the airport you are leaving from, and make sure you reach the right gate in time to board your flight.

If you are inbound, then why would anyone need to know which gate you are arriving at?

It’s not as though folks can meet you at the gate as you disembark from the aircraft, is it?

Pacifica, California
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4. Re: Departure gates

If you're meeting someone at a bigger airport that has multiple concourses, it can be nice to know which gate someone is arriving at so that you know which concourse entrance/exit to wait at.

The San Francisco airport fight status website shows arrival gates. https:/…flight-status

FlightAware shows arrival gates for individual flights.

Liverpool, UK
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Why do the majority of Internet live departure boards not include gate information? - Because they can change up to the point the plane gets to the terminal

Lancashire, United...
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6. Re: Departure gates

Because gate numbers aren't usually announced until they know which gate the aircraft will be parked at, even then they can be changed. It wouldn't be useful information if it wasn't correct. You check the boards in departures for delays, gate numbers etc so why would you need to know in advance?

I wouldn't trust any third party site for gate information. We fly to Arrecife a couple of times a year and their website shows arrivals gates. They usually change at least once if you're checking on them about a hour in advance.

Leeds, United...
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7. Re: Departure gates

The Aena website often has departure gate information online before the airport departure boards for Spanish airports.

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I found the Gatwick site has gate information but tbh it’s just as easy to read the boards in the airport than to go online to check them

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Airport parking space is very restricted at UK airports so gates change frequently and advising of departure boards more than 3 hours out would be impractical. Knowing how BA do things at LHR the expected gate is known within a few hours of departure and lounge attendants often advise the gate number or can do if you ask.

What does happen is that the airport operators only announce the gate with an hour to go in order to keep passengers in the shopping mall as long as possible.

Phoenix, Arizona
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10. Re: Departure gates

Besides our primary carrier Apps, we have several other such Apps.

They have been very good, and often update (w/ Alerts), before Ops has called the GA’s.

We’ve arrived at a few gates, only to be asked, “What are you doing here? Your flight is out of Gate ___!”

Then, the phone rings, or the radio chirps, and lo, we are at the correct gate.

The Apps, often beat the airport monitors, with gate changes.

Best of luck,


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