Sometimes the airport you are flying to will have multiple runways, but which runway should you land on? The obvious answer is “Whichever one the ATC tells me to”.
Many large airports are designed the with multiple parallel runways. Typically the “inside” runways will be used for departures while the “Outer” runways are used for arrivals. This makes traffic management easier for the controller and allows for faster departures while keeping arrivals on a separate runway. It also allows for runway crossing to occur further down on the runway instead of at the runway threshold.
Some airports have three runways, like KSEA has a Left, Right, and Center runway. The same logic holds true with the runway closest to the terminal being the departure runway. But as always, please follow your ATC instructions.
In summary, please pay attention when you are given a L/R/C designation and make sure you are lined up with the correct runway. I cannot count how many times I ask someone to land on 25L and they end up lining up on 25R. This can cause unnecessary go-around commands, crashes, or more.
I hope this helps. Again, please follow your ATC instructions.
Thank you in advance for your time and happy flying!
Mods… Wasnt sure if this should go in live or atc. Please move if needed.