Today was extremely busy at EGLL/LHR and ATC handled the whole affair exceptionally well. I have a question about pilot etiquette, specifically when taxiing from Terminal 4…
So like many other airlines, Garuda Indonesia departs from T4. It’s the little terminal to the left of the end of R27L. I could see planes queueing and backing up the other side, all ready for departure. I’m all about being polite to both pilots and ATC so this situation was quite odd, as I normally depart EGLL from T4 but on more quiet days when the airport is almost empty.
So here is where the question comes in. I’m given pushback and taxi clearance to R27L. Taxiing to 27L is quite short from T4, and essentially takes you right to the end of the runway ready for departure in a very short time, thus appearing to cut in to the front of queueing traffic on the other side.
With a feeling of guilt, I went straight to the end and was given clearance to depart before some of the back traffic on the other side who had been waiting longer - thank you to ATC for quick clearance and sorry to the pilots waiting on the other side if you thought I was intentionally being discourteous and “cutting in” - never my intention.
So there are 2 options - request a crossing at the intersection and join the queue on the other side or go ahead and taxi straight to the departure point at the end of the runway directly from T4 as I did. Which is the best option?
I’m guessing if ATC wants you to join the other side, it will progress you over the runway and into the queue via crossing, so unless otherwise instructed, I did the correct thing, albeit appearing to cut in like a cutting in thing, which normally irritates people.
Thank you and any opinions are welcome!