TLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 595 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3342 times:
Good news for MSY, it lacks a lot of service to and from NYC.
As far as STL, it appears as though AA is reducing the number of flights in and out of STL. There used to be four or five daily flights to/from TPA, and now there are only three. The 757s used on some those flights will be downgraded to MD-80s later this summer.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4566 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3286 times:
Good news for LGA too. This shows that American is getting very strong in LGA, especially with its large MD-80 fleet. It's almost a hub. If you look at anytime, day and night, American's passenger concourse and tarmac near the maintenace hangars, you'll see at least three MD-80's parked there.
STL used to be TWA's hub, that's the only reason American has a hub there. But you're right, that hub is getting weaker because it is located just between ORD and DFW, their two strongest hub for domestic flights. Three domestic main hubs in the same time zone, that's redundant. I think that in the long run, the STL hub will be dismantled like RDU and BNA were in the mid 90's. From STL American will just keep domestic flights to LGA, ORD, DFW and MIA, and maybe LAX.
The only other airline that has three main hubs in the same time zone is US Airways: PIT, PHL and CLT. BWI is no longer a hub.
I'm not sure about Delta, I know they have ATL and CVG but I don't know if MCO is still a main hub.
These two airlines, Delta and US Airways, are also very strong in LGA.