Confused by ATC Instructions

Hello! Earlier today I loaded into JFK to start a flight. Looking at the ATIS, the departure runways were 13R and 22R. After pushback I requested taxi to 13R, but I was instructed to taxi to 13L. I was a little bit confused as to why I was given 13L as no one else was departing off this runway. Regardless, I acknowledged and taxied to 13L. Upon reaching 13L I was told to taxi to 22R. This wasn’t a big deal, just a bit of an inconvenience having to taxi all the way down 13L and back. I’m wondering if I could have done something to avoid this, like request to taxi to 13R again after I had been told to taxi to 13L? I didn’t do this because I didn’t want to be reported for sending duplicate messages and ATC is almost always right. Thanks!

Side note: I saw @DeerCrusher take off in front of me, I was honored

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I have no knowledge of the real scenario at that moment, so it’s hard for me to say anything; so I recommend you send a DM to the controller so that he can explain what happened and the reason for the apparently meaningless instructions.


You can contact the controller who gave you the instructions to inquire about the situation, as far as I can see the situation, is a clear mistake by the ATC.

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Here are the screenshots from ATC. In between, there seemed to be a controller change so this may have had something to do with it.

I will try and get in contact with the controller, thanks!

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