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Smallest Cities With The Highest Traffic Movement  
User currently offlineDariusBieber From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9386 times:

I believe there was a recent topic about the largest city without a designated Hub, which I think is SAT in the United States, but I wanted to know what smaller cities there are that have a lot of movement? Such as EWR, whereas Newark only has a population of 275,000. (But, of course, it serves a VERY busy metropolitan area), and also FRA only has a population of 650,000 but it is the Third Busiest airport in Europe.

So, what smaller cities are out there that have a large amount of Aircraft Movement?


Darius Bieber
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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9351 times:

I'm just after realising there's no city in Ireland without an airline hub:

Dublin [DUB] (Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, CityJet, Ryanair)
Cork [ORK] (Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Ryanair)
Limerick [SNN] (Aer Lingus, Ryanair)
Galway [GWY] (Aer Arann)
Waterford [WAT] (Aer Arann)



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9322 times:

SLC with a population of over 181,000

User currently offlineAvconsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9262 times:

What about BDL or RSW?

User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9246 times:

Such a conversation is pointless if we are only talking about the city limits and not the metro area. Pittsburgh is a very small city geographically, but surrounded by hundreds of municipalities. Jacksonville is one big municipality.

In that regards St. Louis is bigger than San Antonio as far as airports without a hub.

For the smallest "city" with a lot of movements, my vote goes to Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Memphis.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9223 times:

ATL as a city is only 537,000 people, but is the busiest airport in the world...

That has to be an obvious one.


User currently offlinePackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9188 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 5):
ATL as a city is only 537,000 people,

Maybe Atlanta propper is only that big but the area it serves is HUGE, pulling from parts of South Carolina, most of Georgia, and Alabama.



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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9154 times:

How about HHN? About 200 people live in Hahn and... well... not that busy of an airport, but at least 1-3 flights per hour!


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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1605 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8972 times:

Guam is about 160,000 With an AFB and a Busy International Airport hosting all aircraft types but the A380..B727F,737,747,757,767,777 and A300,320,330,340,S360,ATR 72, and UAM (Andersen AFB) B1,2,52,KC10,135..5C5,17,130,747F

Side note Guam (Andersen) was one of the stops on the world record flight by the AirFrance Concorde JFK to JFK round the world flight with pax...

I guess that record will stand forever...who would have thought at the time..


User currently offlineThegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8941 times:

ANC...AS and the amount of cargo traffic transiting....maybe...


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User currently offlineEwRkId From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8941 times:

What about San Diego, they have a city population just over 1,000,000 and are not a proper hub for any airline and BOS which really has no destined Hub airline so to speak

User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8901 times:

Slighty off-topic but Geneva always strikes me as a big airport serving a small city. Obviously it draws on western Suisse and much of eastern France.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8880 times:



Quoting Packcheer (Reply 6):
Quoting SW733 (Reply 5):
ATL as a city is only 537,000 people,

Maybe Atlanta propper is only that big but the area it serves is HUGE, pulling from parts of South Carolina, most of Georgia, and Alabama.

And what about some parts of Tennessee? Does it pull from there as well? How far is Chattanooga from ATL?



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User currently offlineHotelDJRomeo From Canada, joined Dec 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8814 times:

Along the same line as ATL, the busiest airport in Canada - YYZ - is technically located in Mississauga. The population of Mississauga is about 660,000.

Obviously though YYZ (like ATL) serves a much larger area than just the city it's technically located in. The greater Toronto area comfortably has 4 or 5 million (the city of Toronto proper is about 2.5 million).

[Edited 2009-12-20 14:34:09]


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User currently offlinePackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8762 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 12):
And what about some parts of Tennessee? Does it pull from there as well? How far is Chattanooga from ATL?

Well I haven't looked into it, but Chattanooga is only 2 hours from Nashville, and a bit over 3 from the ATL airport. If I was flying Delta, I might drive it, if I was flying any other airline and I lived in Chatanooga I would drive to Nashville I guess.



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User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1169 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8377 times:
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Aircraft movements? Probably Memphis with the huge number of moments during the night.

Technically is MSP in Minneapolis, or is it in Richfield MN? If so populations are 368,000 and 34,500 respectively.

Is Louisville KY in the running?



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User currently offlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

I wonder if we can add Singapore (it is a city-state)
Dubai should be on the top 20, according to some sources it is the 17th busiest airport in the world and 10th in Cargo.


User currently offlineOcracoke From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8216 times:

It's PLN (Pellston, MI, if that scolling over thingy doesn't work).
Population of 771. Yet, during the summer, NW puts 200 seats a day up there. Per capita, that has to be the winner.


User currently onlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3466 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8193 times:



Quoting PITrules (Reply 4):
Such a conversation is pointless if we are only talking about the city limits and not the metro area.

Exactly. While people are mentioning actual city populations, the MSA is the statistic that actually needs to be looked at.

Jeremy


User currently offlineSr176 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8053 times:

what about GVA (population 300'000) and about 11 Mio pax. No hub.

User currently offlineAdriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7979 times:



Quoting Sr176 (Reply 19):
No hub

eh? Easyjet?


User currently offlineKWI From Kuwait, joined Apr 2000, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

What about Frankfurt? Isn't it up there when you consider that it's not such a big city, but has one of the most important airports in the world?

KWI


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 1651 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7787 times:

Interesting topic...
Was just mentioning to someone how Sharm el Sheikh has a population of maybe 50,000 (35k according to wiki) but handled 7.8mil pax last year. Oh, and it's not anyone's hub-just a really big spoke for some of the airlines operating there. It's all tourism-driven, obviously.
Hurghada is more or less the same story.


User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2966 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7687 times:

Has to be FRA - because it is almost all transfer traffic and I won't be surprised if LH is the largest employer in the Frankfurt area.


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User currently offlineGlom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2815 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7533 times:

No clue about numbers but ABZ? It is the airport for the North of Scotland and will have a large number of movements due to all the helicopter activity. It is the busiest commercial heliport in the world.

25 3ingreen : Halifax, Nova Scotia .....population almost 400,000 ( including all of the suburbs etc. ) but handled almost 3.6 million passengers last year
26 BeakerLTN : I'll trump the lot of you! Stansted Airport 22.3M passengers (2008) Stansted Mountfitchet population ~5,532 (2001) (at very last something positive in
27 Beagleboys : MLE... pop 81.647, 5.798 km² of area and an international airport with 13477 international flights + 68572 domestic flights in 2008. You can also say
28 LHRSpotter : Beat me by ten minutes to this. Even if someone is very pedantic and takes the population of nearby Bishop's Stortford it's still only 35000. And it'
29 KGAIflyer : Okay, if that's the game, Washington-Dulles isn't even in a city. It straddles two Virginia county lines -- Fairfax and Loudoun -- and the borders of
30 Glom : What happened the rest of the 24th passenger?
31 Ferroviarius : Oslo, the capital of Norway, has approx. 590000 inhabitants. OSL had 19 344 459 travellers in 2008 (sources for the numbers: no.wikipedia.org) Best, J
32 KGAIflyer : Point taken. I have edited the post to match what the IAD web site reports.
33 DariusBieber : I have also found out that FAI is the smallest city in the US (35,000) that has Non-Stop service to Europe. In the summer, DE flies weekly service to
34 Cmk10 : If we want to get technical, RDU is located in the town of Morrisville, NC (population: 13,000) but the airport had 9.6 Million passengers last year.
35 Post contains links 787KQ : This topic is out of control starting with the premise that the city limits in some way will determine the airport traffic. How is Frankfurt a small c
36 Ramprat74 : I think XNA with over 1 million passengers a year going through the airport should be mentioned.
37 SASDC8 : OSL has to be up there But the winner has to be: Cheers Stein
38 JohnJ : Actually, The City of Memphis is one of the 20 largest cities in the United States with a population of 669,651. Where it falls down is in its metrop
39 TSS : Birmingham, Alabama has just under 230,000 residents (the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area has 1,198,232 residents) yet BHM consistently moves over
40 Goomba : ATL as a city is only 537,000 people, but is the busiest airport in the world... The City of Atlanta may only be 537,000 people, but this is very misl
41 02hilliert : What about Sligo (SXL) and Donegal (CFN)? I have flown in to both of those and they certainly aren't hubs.
42 Rw717 : The entire metropolitan population of Las Vegas, NV is less than 2 million and yet it is the 15th busiest airport in the world. This is according to W
43 Viscount724 : GVA population (the entire canton which for practical purposes is like one city as it's almost all urban) is about 450,000. The overall catchment are
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