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What Nonhub Airports Have You Connected At?  
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17142 posts, RR: 10
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

What airlines in the same alliance/JV have you connected with at any of their nonhub airports? Self connections cannot be counted, which means that flights must have been under the same PNR.


I have connected at:

SFO between AF and DL (UA/Star hub)
SFO between DL and KL (UA/Star hub)
PHL between BA and AA (US/Star hub)
SAN between DL Connection and DL (not a hub for DL)
BOS between DL intl to DL dom (not a hub for DL)
LHR between SK and CO (not really a Star hub)


Upcoming:

AUS between AA flights (not a hub for AA)


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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

I have connected with AZ/AF in LIN. Now people would consider that somehow as a hub, but since I have been there, I realized that it's not. It is not possible to connect airside, all passengers are released to arrivals and then need to reclear regular security. AZ couldn't issue my onward boarding pass in FCO and what saved me due to a short connection was a AZ employe in arrivals area taking me through security without boarding pass and bringing me to my onward gate to collect my BP there.

I also connected in Colombia with Avies from BOG to Cucuta in Bucaramanga, which is pretty nonhub for sure  

I also connected from AZ to MS in CAI and from AZ to EY in CAI, which requires a complete immigration and terminal change, luckily I had an overnight connection.


User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

Excluding self connections, I've only done this once: at ILO between 2P and PR back in 2009. Depending on what happens though, this might happen again in June with DL, but I'm not too sure.

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

Thinking about it I also had a connection in one ticket in KWI. MS from CAI to KWI and then SV to JED. Pretty nonstandard, but very easy, Boarding pass was collected at the transfer counter in KWI and then hit the lounge. Very easy and straightforward.

User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8188 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

Was a "self connection" but UA to UA at TUL; full routing was SFO-DEN-TUL on one ticket and TUL-ORD-YYZ on another. Still, it was a connection and I enjoyed, as only an a.netter can, the uniqueness of it. Thanks for reminding me!


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

MLH; CDG-MLH-ORY on Air France, more fun than taking the bus across Paris.
TRN; CDG-TRN-BRI on CityJet and Alitalia CityFlyer.
SIN; CDG-SIN-CDG on Air France, error ticket issued via SIN.
NRT; FCO-NRT-FCO on Alitalia, again, error ticket issued via NRT.
TRD; OSL-TRD-BOO on SAS.
TOS; BOO-TOS-LYR on SAS.
FLW; PDL-FLW-CVU on SATA Air Accores.
TER; HOR-TER-PDL on SATA Air Accores.


Bound to be others I'm forgetting just now.


Dan  



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

Oh yes, I have a FCO-KIX-FCO, too   but they couldn't check me through...

User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Last December I connected at LAS on US (LAS is no longer a US hub).


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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Good idea for a thread. For me only one.
MIA-BOS-LHR on AA then BA. Connecting in BOS from AA to BA.
I recently connected on FLL-LAX-SLC on AA but missed out of it being a non-hub by a few months.



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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

LHR UA to LH
MAN SQ to SK



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

A classic nonhub AA connection would be RDU by the way. Never did it, but booked it for some guests in our agency.
same applies for PHL or ATL,
i.e. AA/BA on MIA-RDU-LHR, MIA-ATL-LHR, MIA-PHL-LHR...

Basically every north american nonhub BA destination, wich can also be reached by AA from MIA, possibly i.e. IAD, DTW etc...


User currently offlinespokemd From United States of America, joined May 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

CO to NW IAH-MCI-DTW
CO EWR-SYR-CLE
PI (Piedmont) DCA-CRW-ORD



kjot-kgai
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

There are some real oldies from the 80s/90s in my list (and I'm sure I'm forgetting some):

DL DFW-PHX-LAX
DL AUS-SAT-SLC - DL had a flight which ran SLC-AUS-SAT, then the plane flew SAT-SLC under a different flight number. That routing back to PDX had seats available for award tickets when I made a change to AUS-SLC-PDX, when the more direct connection did not.

EA LAX-PHL-BOS - 757 red-eye nonstop to PHL.
EA LGA-PHL-LAX

• TWA SFO-BOS-LHR
• TWA BOS-LHR-AMS - LHR-AMS was a winter-only extension of a JFK-LHR flight, two days a week on a 747.
• TWA SFO-IAD-CDG
• TWA MXP-CDG-IAD - MXP-CDG flew on to JFK, but we switched at CDG to a CDG-IAD-LAX through flight.

UA AMS-LHR-LAX - Shortly after UA bought PA's LHR routes.
UA LAX-LAS-ORD - The only time I flew Ted. Rar!!

WA SFO-LAS-SAN - Took advantage of the next flight out rule to force an overnight in LAS.



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User currently offlinenicode From France, joined May 2012, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

WDH-CPT-JNB on South African Express, then BA Comair
FRA-JNB-WDH on Lufhansa, then BA Comair
LPB-LIM-AMS on Taca, then KLM
BCN-PMI-ORY on Spanair, then Air Europa


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

Oh, forgot to mention another one:
-DL HNL-SFO-ATL (summer 1992, my first time flying DL)



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Oh I got some nice in Spain now that nicode mentioned Spain:

One Ticket (!!) FRA-ALC-PMI with AB and UX. Obivously AB couldn't issue a boarding pass for UX, and in ALC although I took the "transfers line" (didn't even knew there is one!) there was no transfer desk, and I had to go back landside to get my boarding pass at a regular check in counter. this was 2-3 years ago and they had to issue me with a paper ticket.

Recently I was supposed to fly MAD-BIO-TFN-AGP with UX (but misconnected in BIO so got rebooked to VY directly from BIO to AGP).

Also, I flew on one ticket (it was a charter package though) with Binter from FUE to LPA and then with X3 (Tuifly) to MUC. Was pretty impressed that Binter could issue both boarding passes the evening before already (probably because both use the IB check in system).


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

Early 2000's did a number of IAH-MEM-GSO, changing from CO to NW in MEM.

2013, IAH-PTY-VVI, changing from UA to CM in PTY

Can't recall others as from IAH we can get most places non-stop.



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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 658 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

(LAX)-JFK-MAN-AMS(-BOD) on DL > KL - got pulled out by security for specific questioning about why the 'unusual' routing on the return trip (DL's first season operating JFK-MAN)

airside connections at MAN between terminals = not streamlined at all...

plus there was my self-made connection on WN to by-pass Wright amendment: LAX-ELP-DAL


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

This make me think about all the strange things that Joint Ventures offer today... i.e. with the Atlantic Joint Venture of LH/UA/AC/SN/LX/OS some routings I saw were:
MUC-HAM-NYC, MUC-STR-NYC, MUC-TXL-NYC
But also FRA-BHX-NYC or FRA-MAN-NYC.

I saw routings with AB/AA via MXP (i.e. DUS-MXP-JFK) or via FRA and BCN (i.e. VIE-FRA-DFW or VIE-BCN-MIA). All these strange routings that these Joint ventures will allow you.

Also booked AB flights VCE-STR-BCN for guests...

The craziest routing I have booked in the agency was 3-4 years ago, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, all on one ticket (and it was a paper one *g*):
TXL-FRA on AB, then FRA-GRU on JJ and GRU-EZE on BA (coming from LHR). I believe they could go to each and every transfer desk at the airports to get onward boarding passes. JJ offers usually connecting options with each and every carrier on both ends (i.e. a FRA-LHR with LH or BA, then a JJ flight to GIG and some other carrier to somewhere else down there).

Also, LH has VERY interesting offline destinations with carriers. i.e. if you fly to SCL you can fly to EZE and then connect to Sky Airline. A colleague of mine did that,and Sky Airines staff were awaiting them at the gate of the LH arrival with their boarding passes, was flawless and not at all the chaos they expected.

Looking at routings, I also realized that AA uses not only BA but also SK as feeder for Scandanavia.
Once sold a ticket Trondheim-Stavanger-London (strange enough) on SK, then AA to MIA. However they misconeccted and were rebooked (and now it gets really awkward!!) LHR-ANU (Antigua) on VS, then AA to MIA, with a 1h30 connection in ANU, which seemed to be hell on earth.

Also, VS offers through fares to Europe with almost every carrier. You can i.e. booked BA or LH from FRA to LHR, and then onward with VS to i.e. MIA or wherever else. Same is true via MAN, so you could book i.e. LH from FRA to MAN and then VS to MCO.

LAN also cooperates (or cooperated at least) with carriers as OS/LH to feed to Austria. Once had guest flying KLU-FRA on OS/LH and then connecting to LAN mainline, which involves a terminal change in FRA.

In FRA I also met guests coming from Bali via TPE to FRA and connecting on LO with the same ticket to WAW. Quite a trek, and terminal change as well....

There are tons of crazy through fare routings out there, wheny you work in a travel agency you realize what crazy things are offered out there... and completely illogic things, too, which have nothing to do with alliances. i.a. if you want to fly from CPH to MIA with SK, you fly to i.e. IAD/ORD/EWR with SK, and then you have a choice of connecting either with UA (makes sense) or with AA (why on earth??).


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

One to add: There are also strange routings when it comes from flights from MLA.
I.e. Iberia will offer through fares with Air Malta.
Once I booked a routing on IB stock from MLA to LYS (KM) connecting to IB via MAD to MIA, and back via MAD and MUC (and from MUC KM to MLA). Especially KM and IB do not cooperate usually and LYS is for sure not a hub (unless you fly AF) and connecting from KM to IB in LYS pretty unusual I believe...

When I called Iberia regarding a schedule change later, they didn't understood it was a through fare and first throught I issued two different routings/fares on one ticket, but no, we then realized it was a through fare that IB agreed with KM and the staff never saw that and was pretty surprised...


User currently onlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

ORD-XNA-DFW on AA
Coming back from LHR, I did this route for the heck of it, with my final destination being FSM (a whopping 70 miles from XNA itself!!!   



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User currently offlineJetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3122 times:

Although I personally haven't done it, my coworkers often take advantage (work reasons) of connections WN offers in SMF between Socal and PDX/SEA.

[Edited 2013-05-10 15:48:53]


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User currently offlineStlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

I've connected at IND on WN - MCO-IND-STL (single ticket).

Also self-connected (separate tickets) AA STL-ORD and LX ORD-ZRH (and reverse)


User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

I did a few really good ones back in the 80's....

*EA DCA to BDL with a connection in PVD. The PVD to BDL leg was on a 757!!! (It was continuing on to ATL)

*Flying between Virgin Gorda BVI to San Juan aboard Air BVI, I had to change planes in Tortola BVI!!! Probably the shortest distance that required a connection! The two aircraft were an Islander twin prop and an HS746!

Not self connections...these were actual listed connections!


User currently offlineclassicjets From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Connected AS to LW in OGG to go SMF-OGG-KOA.
Also on DL SMF-MSP-TPA-MIA. When DL had a few intra-Florida flights.
Those and some of WN's one-stop flights are all that come to mind for me.


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5938 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

The only true "non-hub" connection that I've done is AC LHR-YYT-YHZ-YUL (it's a real stretch to call YYT, or even YHZ, "hubs"!)

I've made some same-ticket connections when one of the carriers had a hub at the airport, such as HP/BA SAN-PHX-LGW and TW/VS ORF-JFK-LHR.

And five (I think) "self-connections": BA/CO LHR-EWR-RSW, BA/UA LHR-EWR-GSO, QF/HA SYD-HNL-LAS, DL/QF SFO-LAX-MEL, and JQ/NZ BNE-CHC-DUD,

I'm not going to count BA/US LHR-PHL-ORF or BA/AA LHR-MIA-UIO, as those fall under either the BA/US alliance or IAG/AA JV, meaning that they really are "hub" connections. Also, I wouldn't could AA ORF-BNA-ORD as BNA was an AA hub at the time.



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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

If we are including same airline cx then I can also add:

PHL-BGM-SYR (US)
PHL-ROC-SYR (US)
EWR-MCI-DEN (UA)
OGG-HNL-ATL (DL)
JFK-RDU-MCO (AA)
PHX-LAX-CLT (US)
PHX-BOS-LGA (US)
ATL-JFK-SYR (DL) - this was before the build up (1996)
DCA-PBI-TPA (US)

I know there are more, I'm just not remembering them all



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