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Old May 22, 07, 8:49 am   #1
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terminal change dfw ques.

I was trying to book a flight, connecting in dfw, to las. Two flights came up (dep. 30 min apart), one had a note "terminal change". What does this mean? I looked at a map of dfw and all terminals A-E are linked with the skylink(train) system, and how would aa know (6 months out) that my arriving flight would not be from the same terminal I am departing?
[PS: (1) On aa.com, when one does a search for dallas or dfw, nothing comes up--I went to dfw's airport page on the internet to see the airport map. (2) On such a heavily traveled route, why would aa place two flights from dfw to las almost back to back?]
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Old May 22, 07, 9:01 am   #2
 
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AA assigns flights to certain gate areas on a 'planning' basis. For example, all international ones fly in and out from Term D.

I travel DFW-MSP requently and they tend to use the high Term C gates for these flights.

There is a plan.

what happens the day of your flight is anyone's guess as this 'plan' can go all to heck.

BTW AA uses Term A, B, C and D .. they do not use Term E.

PS ... why two LAS flights close together? demand!
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Old May 22, 07, 9:15 am   #3
 
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I was trying to book a flight, connecting in dfw, to las. Two flights came up (dep. 30 min apart), one had a note "terminal change". What does this mean? I looked at a map of dfw and all terminals A-E are linked with the skylink(train) system, and how would aa know (6 months out) that my arriving flight would not be from the same terminal I am departing?
[PS: (1) On aa.com, when one does a search for dallas or dfw, nothing comes up--I went to dfw's airport page on the internet to see the airport map. (2) On such a heavily traveled route, why would aa place two flights from dfw to las almost back to back?]
you're an Executive Platinum and you haven't memorized the intricate detail of AA's largest hub yet ? How is that possible ? I'm there so often I'm starting to get mail there.
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Old May 22, 07, 9:30 am   #4
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PS ... why two LAS flights close together? demand!
I would assume they would try to space flights out over the day to accomodate different connections. Its like waiting for a bus for 10 minutes and then 4 busses arrive at the same time.
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Old May 22, 07, 9:41 am   #5
 
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I would assume they would try to space flights out over the day to accomodate different connections. Its like waiting for a bus for 10 minutes and then 4 busses arrive at the same time.
you mean like the busses DFW-ORD?!?!
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