To be able to see the airport layout is something which was relatively recently introduced. (If you haven’t been around then as you wrote you obviously had no chance to understand my comment, sorry about that!)
Before it we had just the runways displayed and not the airport layout.
I agree and admit that it isn’t exactly a perfect solution.
You could also consider using the HUD view, as you can navigate using the mini map (HUD map). All these things are just workarounds though and I hope that taxi lights will arrive at some point to solve this kind of issues completely, but for the time being this is what I can recommend :)