Having now had the chance to build remote stands, I thought I’d share my thoughts about them.
So, I tried to run them like normal jetway connections, that was a big fail, traffic jams, lack of ramp agents and everything else just caused soooooo many issues. I like to try and balance things in my builds as some of you know and have seen the spreadsheets. On a jetway connected stand with 24 hours of time available I expect to get a clear five flight a day from each of those stands.
With remote, right now, for me personally I’m thinking three (looking to push it to four) flights a day is max. And I’m okay with that. Remote stands need more work, time and organisation from running your airport. With the prospect too they can be set as delay points for stands that are blocked too, that’s an even better situation from my perspective. I’m okay with that as well. Remotes should be there to expand your airports, and I know I will be, just don’t expect the same throughput as jetway connected ones. That is impractical from my builds.
Also, your milage might vary. Everyone builds their own airports to their own style and you might have cracked remotes to operate perfectly. Share your secrets so I can too.
TL, DR, Remote stands are most excellent, just don’t try and run them like walkway connected stands and you’ll be fine. Unless anyone knows how to solve traffic jams?