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All Round Best US Hub City?  
User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

I might be getting a job in pharmaceutical/biotech validation which requires a lot of travel. In fact you can basically live wherever you want within the country, and then just transit to the company you are currently working for. Of course I would want to live in a hub city because non-stop flights are great. I was wondering what would be the best hub city to live in to make travel easy. Considerations should include least amount of delays, amount of domestic cities flown to by the hub airline, ease of checking in with the airline, international flights to major business cities in Europe and Asia, and non-stop flights to pharmaceutical production hot spots like SJU and Ireland.

Right now I'm liking the idea of United's hub at IAD. It doesn't have as many weather problems as ORD, but it does lack the diversity of domestic flights and international flights as their ORD hub and DL's ATL hub. AA's DFW hub probably also ranks fairly high.

What are everyone's experiences with these hubs?


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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

Being partial I'd pick IAH and CO......why, great airport capacity, excellent ontime rate at IAH, CO has numerous non-stop flights to business center around the country, centrally located other than south along the coast so you don't have transcon flights, a very very good cost of living in Houston.....and CO OnePass is always being given awards.

Best of luck!



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5943 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

CO and EWR.

With the exception perhaps of AMS or MUC there is not an airport which come close the ease of connecting at EWR on this side of the pond.

Worse: JFK by miles!



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User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

I'd vote for DEN - you have two airlines that call DEN a hub, plenty of international options, a very pax friendly airport, and very few WX problems (other than the occasional freak snow storm). And since it's O/D that you're looking for, DFW is a great airport for O/D, plus the plethora of destinations AA flies to. I wouldn't recommend ORD, PHL, SFO, and EWR simply because they are four of the most delay prone airports in America - a breath of wind is all it takes to cause the airport to go on ATC ground delay programs.

User currently offlineCOEI2007 From Vanuatu, joined Jan 2007, 1912 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

EWR or IAH!!! Both are very easy to use, and provide great connections, both International and Domestic!

User currently offlineScouse From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5501 times:

Having lived in Minnesota for 7 years I would choose Phoenix for the weather and put up with 1 connection for some of the domestics and most of the internationals. As an aviation enthusiast you should be thinking of the ammount of different aircraft and segments that you can do.


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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

Quoting Scouse (Reply 5):
I would choose Phoenix for the weather and put up with 1 connection for some of the domestics and most of the internationals

Too far west and too many golf course to play to even think of airplanes!  Smile

Quoting Scouse (Reply 5):
As an aviation enthusiast you should be thinking of the ammount of different aircraft and segments that you can do.

Segments yes, but adding 2 hours or so to your first leg, I'll find segments other ways, let alone the inability to get airplanes into the air off more than 1 runway during an arrival bank.



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

ATL? I never like Atlanta as a city. DFW seems alright, I heard Dallas is a nice place.
But another choice could be of course MIA. Miami is a very nice city, more expensive than ATL or DFW but not as expensive as LAX,JFK. Big city with great all year round weather. Delays are never more than a few hours unless there is a hurricane. Non-stops to most of Europe, all the carribean and Latin America, One stops to Asia, and non-stops for most major US cities.
I have a friends mother who works in the pharmaceutical industry and she is always traveling and MIA seems to be a nice place for her, she especially travles alot to SJU and Central America which MIA is the perfect hub for that.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5486 times:

I'm partial to ATL but I like IAH and DFW since they are in the Central timezone. I swear you get more sleep in that timezone since stuff is on the boobtube earlier. In that same vein you also are more central to the US and can fly in either direction.

I've spent a lot of time on the Left Coast this year and it is a pain when the last flight back to Atlanta that isn't a redeye leaves at 1330 in the afternoon. A central hub lessens that effect somewhat plus you can leave a little bit later than the early morning flight to get to the Left Coast though you might have to leave a little earlier for East Coast flights.

Winters in the north are bad while summers in the south are bad. You'll trade blizzards and such in the winter up north for thunderstorms down south in the summer. One way or the other you're getting screwed by the weather at some point. I personally would pick the south because the lines of thunderstorms move through quickly relatively speaking versus the backlog caused by snow and ice up north.



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User currently offlineIAD380 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5461 times:

The Washington metro area is an exciting and fascinating place to live. It is a world class city with excellent museums, shops, restaurants, and entertainment. The Washington area is a major center for diplomacy, academia, national politics, journalism, and high tech businesses. Its downsides are miserable weather and the cost of living is higher here than ATL, ORD, MSP, or DEN.

As far as air travel is concerned, the area has three major airports, DCA, IAD, and BWI. SA)">UA's hub for both domestic and international flights is at IAD. Additionally, many foreign carriers, such as AF, KL, BA, VS, LH, OS, SU, SA, NH, and KE fly to IAD. There are flights from IAD to every inhabited continent, except Australia. Right now, IAD is undergoing a major renovation project, so it is often chaotic. However, once the renovation is completed, I expect it will be a very user-friendly airport.

BWI is a major hub for WN. You can often find discounted fares from BWI. US offers frequent flights to cities all along the eastern seaboard from DCA. Also, DCA is conveniently located near downtown Washington and the close-in Virginia suburbs, such as Alexandria, and Arlington.


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

I'd still go with Chicago despite the weather issues you mention. There's just so much competition and the frequencies on key business routes are very large. For practically any destination you choose, you'd have at least 2 choices.

Look at NYC for example, literally dozens of daily flights. Same with LAX, SFO, MIA, DFW, even SEA has like 16 or so flights to choose from.

There's two airports, and plenty of low-fare competition which keeps fares down.

Also, there's quite a bit of International service, both to Europe and Asia (even to Latin America), which trounces DFW, IAD, or many other choices.


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