- Apr 14, 2010
- Reaction score
The two additional gates are needed and will happen sooner than later and are a reasonable investment when compared to the cost of extending the actual terminal. As far as Southwest Airlines ramp issues, their current schedule has the following arrival times: BWI @ 10:05, MDW @ 12:30, MDW @ 4:50, BWI @ 5:45, BWI @ 9:45. I used to work the ramp at PWM (Delta) and that would be considered a very manageable spacing of arrivals. Now there is an additional flight on Saturday (BNA) that arrives @ 4:20 but the 4:50 flight from MDW is not on the Saturday schedule which should not create any overlap issues unless its FAA routing, equipment or weather related delays. My guess is that Southwest has some staffing issues at PWM which limits their ability to handle more than one aircraft at a time which is becoming a problem with numerous airlines and airports across the country. Gate 5 used to be the spare jetway and was available for all airlines to use for these type of situations. As NR2 previously mentioned, the recent refurbishing of the main runway likely contributed to some of the gate delays during the past month and a half.