A trip I took led me to wonder how airports/airlines decide when to allocate a gate and when to board out on the apron.
Yesterday, I flew TLV-IST-BOS on Turkish Airlines. At the start of the trip, I briefly wondered if we were travelling to Istanbul (IST) by bus. The airplane was parked far from the gate.
We got to IST, and, once more to ride the bus. In this case, we parked at jetway, but we were sent down the stairs and onto a bus. Turkish sure is a big, legacy airline at IST.
And, to complete the process, our A340 for Boston was parked half-way to Europe, and reached by a bus.
What determines all this? Bad luck? Plane size?