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What US Airline Has The Best Hub?  
User currently offlinemia305 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 319 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5051 times:

What airline has the best US hub?

As far as connections, location and overall best experience.

Sorry about not clarifying it.

[Edited 2013-04-17 19:25:12]

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User currently offlineseatback From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5017 times:

I'd say DFW, MIA and ATL are the strongest hubs in the US.

IAH, DCA, CLT and PHL and maybe DTW are probably in the second tier.


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4937 times:

Best? As in best performing? Or best location? Or best services? Maybe this thread should be moved to the Travel Polls and Preferences section...

The largest hubs in the US are: ATL, DFW, CLT, IAH.

Before I lived in CLT, I've always liked connecting in DTW, CLE, and CLT. All three airports have one thing in common: All flights (more/less) are contained in one section of the terminal, and you don't have to take any people movers to connect (a la ATL/DEN/MCO), although you could if you wanted to in DTW.



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User currently offlinecommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11637 posts, RR: 61
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

It depends on how you define "best."

If "best" is defined as the hub that caters to the widest possible range of destinations, and the broadest possible connectivity (routes, frequency, capacity, etc.), then I think ATL is obviously the winner. On sheer depth and breadth, the singular strength and power of what DL has there is breathtaking. AA at DFW would probably be the "silver medal" in that regard.

If "best" is defined as the hub with the most unique and irreplaceable position, then I think the winner would be MIA. MIA is the singular hub between the U.S. and South and Central America, and such a clear winner that no other hub can ever come close. The dominance of MIA as the prime U.S. gateway to Latin America is greater than any other U.S. gateway has with any particular respective global region (i.e., JFK to Europe, SFO to Asia, etc.).

If "best" is defined as the hub that is most convenient and comfortable to navigate and travel to/from/through, then the answer is infinitely debatable and subjective. We all have our own choices.


User currently offlinesolarflyer22 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Nov 2009, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

I would say Delta at ATL is number 1. UA at ORD would be number 2 imo.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

Quoting commavia (Reply 3):
On sheer depth and breadth, the singular strength and power of what DL has there is breathtaking

  

ATL's sheer size is impressive and unparalleled. It truly is a world class hub.



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User currently offlinetommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4047 times:

DL at ATL, AA at DFW, UA at DEN -- my favs at least.


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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

Quoting commavia (Reply 3):

  

This is the only correct answer.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

Like many others above, I would say ATL, CLT, ORD.

Rahul



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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

In terms of reliability, I remember reading the PHX was the best. (Weather most often good, so minimal delays).

That said, PHX really isn't the destination on top of most people's lists. Neither is ATL for that matter.

ORD is one of the most practical in terms of location and business. But weather is often a factor.



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