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Local Dominant Carrier Then And Now  
User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3525 posts, RR: 8
Posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

What was the dominant airline at your home airport growing up? What is it now?

In Boston, DL and NW both had mini hubs in the mid 80's. Now, B6 is dominant b

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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1349 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

In CLT, the dominant carrier was Piedmont, then US Airways, soon to be American. Pretty much the dominant carrier just changed due to mergers. I think Eastern had a largish operation there back in the day, too.

Just for fun, I'll do other places I've lived, too. At RDU, my home airport when I was in college, there was the AA hub back in the mid 80s to the early 90s, then Midway hubbed there and AA kept it as a focus city for a while. After Midway went under and AA shrunk Southwest took the top spot, although I don't know if anyone could really be called "dominant". From what I've read here Delta has been expanding at RDU over the past few years, too. I'm not sure which one is bigger now.

At my current home airport, SMF, Southwest is clearly dominant today with slightly over 50% market share. Since I only moved here in 2005 I don't really know who was big here before that. Perhaps someone could help fill me in. I get the feeling United used to be much bigger here than they are now, and they're still a very distant second. I also wouldn't be surprised if someone like AirCal was a big carrier here in the old days.

User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 4844 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

In SJU, I was born and EA was the ruler (though it went bankrupt before I could even remember seeing it). AA filled the void and became the main airline. Fast forward to 2007, AA started pulling back but left MQ/OW as the dominant one, until slowly but surely B6 became the dominant carrier.

As for STL (my current airport), needless to say how TWA was the dominant carrier until taken by AA which pulled back service and allowed WN to become the main dominant carrier here.

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