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https://youtu.be/wdU1WTBJMl0?t=262 mentions:

00:04:22: Heathrow also doesn’t display the gate for flights until around 45-90 minutes before departure. This is common in European airports, but uncommon elsewhere.

Why is it common in European airports not to display the gate for flights until around 45-90 minutes before departure, unlike other places?


Note regarding the duplicate flag: my question is about why it is common in European airports not to display the gate for flights until around 45-90 minutes before departure, unlike other places (or perhaps this statement is incorrect). I'm not asking for the reasons why airport authorities would do it (the YouTube video I mentioned in the question explained these reasons pretty well; tl;dw=increase shop sales+take a cut from them).

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    I'm not sure why it matters, from a travel perspective; all that really matters is that it is how it works in Europe vs other places. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Mar 10 at 0:11
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    @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas There are plenty of why-questions on this website, e.g. see travel.stackexchange.com/search?tab=votes&q=why – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 10 at 1:45
  • Asking on Aviation SE may get a more definitive response, but perhaps it may be how high volume airports juggle gates (availability, amount of time an aircraft is given from arrival at gate to departure) and, separately, a way of controlling the volume of passengers with limited space in departure areas. – Giorgio Mar 10 at 2:08
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    @Giorgio Controlling passengers in departure areas would be off-topic at Aviation.SE. – reirab Mar 10 at 8:51
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    It is not all of Europe, and it is not just airports, there are also (often the same) countries that do not announce train platforms till shortly for departure. – Willeke Mar 10 at 10:05
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Most European airports have extensive shopping areas immediately after security. Not announcing gate assignments gets travellers to stay in the shopping area rather than going to their gate.

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    American airports don't have extensive shopping areas? – choster Mar 10 at 6:07
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    Not concentrated right after security the way European airports do. (This is largely because most European airports have a much larger percentage of flights outside their customs zone (especially back when they were built), and hence there is the advantage of duty-free shopping.) – Alexander Woo Mar 10 at 6:44
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    This is evident especially in low-cost airports like Stansted or Gatwick. They keep the gate unannounced for a very long time eventhough the traffic there is not that large. – Vladimir F Mar 10 at 8:36
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    Do you have a source for this, or is it just an educated guess? – Sneftel Mar 10 at 9:08
  • Announce is not the same as display. – user2617804 Mar 10 at 12:35

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