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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3129 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

What is the largest non-hub airport in the US. What is the smallest hub airport?


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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 963 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

O.K., just a guess here: Now that it is no longer a hub for US Airways, I would have to guess Pittsburgh (PIT) is the largest airport (not necessarily the largest city) that does not serve as an airline hub. Just a guess. I wonder also about Orlando (MCO) which seems to me to be a pretty big airport but is not a hub.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

LAX is the largest O&D airport in the U.S., if not the world. While some airlines may technically count it as a "hub" (for the general population's information), it is not a true hub to any airline. "Focus-city-with-some-domestic-feed-for-long-haul-and/or-international-connections" is more appropriate.

In the U.S., MEM is the smallest hub in terms of flights and metropolitan area population.

World-wide, I would guess Dubai is the largest hub.



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2688 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
In the U.S., MEM is the smallest hub

Is MEM smaller than MKE?



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2674 times:



Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 3):

Is MEM smaller than MKE?

Yes.

If you go with city populations, San Antonio is certainly the largest city in the US that lacks a hub, and San Diego is next. In terms of MSAs, Boston is the largest city which lacks a hub.



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User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

I would have to say Dallas Love Field is the smallest hub for an airline.


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User currently offlinePualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2625 times:

As Honolulu is our hub and we are a small airline (HA) with 31 aircraft in our fleet, I think that qualifies it as the "smallest hub airport"

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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

Los Angeles is definitely the largest metro area without any fortress hubs, but United does call LAX a hub, but they have a lot of competition there.
Other than that, Boston is the biggest metro area without anyone calling it a hub. Instead, it's a focus city for four airlines (jetBlue, American, Delta, US Airways).
A lot of people are saying Memphis, but the smallest hub in the U.S. is actually Anchorage. ANC is pretty dominated by Alaska Airlines (especially in winter). Anchorage is the 143rd-largest metro area in the United States with only 320,000 people. Even with that Memphis stat, the metro areas of Salt Lake City, Honolulu, and Anchorage are all smaller (although if you add Provo and Logan to SLC, then it passes Memphis).


User currently offlineDeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9289 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2516 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
World-wide, I would guess Dubai is the largest hub.

sorry the worlds largest airline hub is in Atlanta Georgia for Delta Air Lines



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

CMH, the smallest hub? (Skybus)


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2505 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
LAX is the largest O&D airport in the U.S., if not the world. While some airlines may technically count it as a "hub" (for the general population's information), it is not a true hub to any airline.

According to UA they consider LAX as a hub.



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3077 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

I would assume that BOS is the biggest airport that isn't a hub (as mentioned above, LAX is a hub for UA).

In terms of smallest hubs, probably CLE (if you're only looking at the legacies).


User currently offlineSkyjet06 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2483 times:



Quoting September11 (Reply 9):
CMH, the smallest hub? (Skybus)

I would agree, even though SX has focus cities instead of hubs. But CMH is their base, so that makes it count as a hub. SX dosn't even have 30 flights a day out of CMH yet.


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Smallest hub, I bet, would be HYA and ACK for Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines Big grin


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6301 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Just an FYI, the CMH metro area is larger than MKE or MEM metro areas.

User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
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Quoting RwSEA (Reply 11):
In terms of smallest hubs, probably CLE (if you're only looking at the legacies).

I thought CO was bigger in CLE than NW in MEM??? Another good one would be AA in STL.



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2463 times:

LaGuardia is also not a hub, but has a lot of flights, and it's in New York city.

User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Smallest hub: LAX for Alaska

Largest non hubs- SEA for NWA



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2446 times:



Quoting United319 (Reply 15):
Another good one would be AA in STL.

...also bigger than NW in MEM, last I checked (in terms of total number of flights).



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2377 times:



Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 1):
O.K., just a guess here: Now that it is no longer a hub for US Airways, I would have to guess Pittsburgh (PIT) is the largest airport (not necessarily the largest city) that does not serve as an airline hub.

Wow... it only took the first reply for someone to post PIT as the largest non-hub airport.

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 1):
Just a guess. I wonder also about Orlando (MCO) which seems to me to be a pretty big airport but is not a hub.

MCO certainly beats PIT in that regard. It's bigger than PHL by about 3 million pax and contains numerous focus cities (DL, WN, FL) I can't think of any other airlines that have focus cities there. Did US used to have a small focus city there at one point?



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User currently offlineZWRampRat From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

I probably don't know what I'm talking about but I'm going to take a stab at MCI being the largest Non-hub

User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2336 times:
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Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 19):
Did US used to have a small focus city there at one point

Yeah before they went into BK around 2000 they did. Then it went downhill from there.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9182 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2309 times:



Quoting United319 (Reply 21):
Yeah before they went into BK around 2000 they did. Then it went downhill from there.

I thought they went into BK in 2002. There was a threat of an FA strike in 2000 though. My highschool marching band flew down to MCO between 4-8 and 4-13, and I was scheduled on one of the N/S USAir flights. Of course, with the imposing strike, it almost became likely that some students would be flying (those booked on DL via ATL) while the others had to select another means of transportation.

Luckily, something was resolved and there was no strike. I did request to fly down on DL, but I got stuck with US. Of course, I got my first flight on a 734 and a 757, but the folks on DL had a 763 on the ATL-MCO link.

Anyway, I remember looking up airport info on those airline information booklets from the seat in front of me, and it had a description of all the key bases in US system. There was PIT, PHL, LGA, BWI, BOS, and DCA, but there was also MCO, and a few others. I think it was because they all had at least one US Airways club. I believe MCO still has a US club...



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