Just landed at KSFO from KSLC.
We landed on Runway 28R really really early. Like 30 minutes early.
Because of that, our gate is not available yet since there is another airplane that is currently parking there.
You know how when you land early and your gate is not available yet you sit and wait on a taxiway?
INSTEAD, we say on a RUNWAY!!!
Yes, we sat on Runway 1L at KSFO waiting for our gate. It was btw inactive since i see small planes like Skywest and Southwest taking off from Runway 28L.
I have never seen something like this. The runway was inactive but still, waiting on a runway?
After waiting on 1L was done, we then taxied off from 1L and I saw an AA A320 behind our plane.
Why does ATC put airplanes on the runway instead of a taxiway when waiting for our gate?
When assigned gates for incoming flights are implemented in IF and there is another airplane in that gate, would IFATC make us wait on an inactive runway or on a taxiway?