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User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7176 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

What smaller towns have an pretty large commercial airport. The only on i can think of right away is Key West. For an city with only 24,000. Any others


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User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

I never really thought of Key West as a "big airport." Can't it only handle smaller planes, such as regional jets?


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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3174 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Key West has had scheduled DC-9's and 727's in the past. Still, I would not call it a big airport.


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User currently offlineMidway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Well there is DEN, which is a really big airport and out of town Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Bangor Maine has an intercontinental class runway, the airport itself isn't that "big" tho.
My vote would go for Anchorage Alaska.



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User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Harlingen, TX comes to mind.

Pop 57,964.

In 1999 passenger enplanements totalled 469,214.

The biggest markets out of Harlingen from the DOT (look at these #s for a city this size.....!)

Harlingen to/from Distance Psgrs/Day Avg Fare Largest Carrier Mkt Share

HOUSTON 295 524 $ 77 WN 90
DALLAS 461 369 $ 127 WN 97
SAN ANTONIO 233 189 $ 86 WN 99
AUSTIN 273 180 $ 79 WN 98
LAS VEGAS 1236 80 $ 168 WN 91
CHICAGO 1219 58 $ 193 WN 80
LOS ANGELES 1349 30 $ 219 WN 82
EL PASO 653 29 $ 187 WN 91
ORLANDO 1015 28 $164 WN 66
BALT/WASH 1507 28 $ 204 WN 77


User currently offlineBAGSMASHER From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

From July 1, 1982 until January 1, 1992 Piedmont Airlines (remember them?) operated a hub at Dayton, Ohio (DAY) with nonstops to JFK,LGA,EWR,DCA,BOS,DTW,CLT,TPA,MIA,MCO,PHL,DFW,DEN,LAX,PHX,SEA,SFO and many more smaller markets such as FWA,CAK,TOL,GRR,LAN,SBN,EVV,CMI,CLE,IND,CVG among others. Those are just the ones that I can remember. Some of these markets had 4 or more flights per day. I think there were more than 150 daily departures at the height of service in the late eighties. Then along came USAir and ruined everything. Oh well, if not them, someone else would have bought out PI. Times change- unfortunately in this industry change has been mostly for the worse.

User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Savannah Georgia. I found the airport to be surprisingly large.


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6294 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

For an airport with service way out of proprtion to poulation base? Anything in Alaska (do any of you know how very small Anchorage really is?) and Eagle/Vail Colorado come to mind. Orlando in the early to mid 1970s is another. In fact Orlando still does fit as it's not a large city ny any means.

BGR was, in the early 1960s a true marvel as was Gander.

Tourism and location create these oddities.



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User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1477 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

An airport that had no town there at all when it was built in the early 1940's was Shannon, in Ireland.

Built for transatlantic transit traffic there was little local need for an airport. Indeed the original workers lived in dormatories.

The town of Shannon was only developed in the late 1950's and it is still very small, much to the suprise of the occasional tourist who visits "the town of Shannon"


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6294 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

Oh yes Shannon.

But, as a country boy who loves Ireland in general, I think maybe this should be kept quiet. We don't want to have the riff-raff run amok.

SNN joins BGR and GDR on the list.



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User currently offlineEverettWA From Turkey, joined Sep 1999, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 2152 times:

Zurich is a pretty small city, but ZRH is one of the major airports of Europe. Same with Geneva, when you overfly the city, you can see that the airport runway is literally almost as long as the entire city! While Nice is not as small as the other two, it's definately not the #2 city in France, yet it has the #2 airport, due of course to tourism. The same is the case with Antalya (AYT), second busiest in Turkey after IST. In the US, I first went to BDL in 1996 and was really surprised when I looked at the departure monitors with non-stop flights to places like St. Louis, Orlando, Atlanta, Toronto, Cincinnati etc...

User currently offlineIloveek From Netherlands, joined May 2002, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 2095 times:

Palma de Mallorca isn't really a big city but has an amazing (big!) airport. It's one of the biggest airports of Spain, after BCN and Madrid...

User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

would FLL be condisered a small town and big airport? i would think it would be, i mean Fort Lauderdale isnt that big.

User currently offlineLuisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 229 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

hii folks...

Faro is a small city... near 60000 habs.... but he have an international airport... one of the most busy of south europe... Sometimes we have a takeoff and one landing every 50 seconds...

We receive all kind of aircraft... from Cessnas to 747.... and who knows... the new A380.


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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

No one's mentioned Kona, Hawaii, yet.


Kona has an 11,000 foot runway and an international terminal, is served by AA, UA, JAL, and of course AQ and HA. But the town of Kailua-Kona itself is quite small, less than 30,000 people if I recall correctly.

the only reason it's so busy is because it's Hawaii, and Volcanoes National Park is nearby. (Well, actually, it's a couple hours drive away, the big island is....big).  Wink/being sarcastic

In terms of size itself, Hilo has an airport bigger than what it needs...Hilo could, with a few modifications to the terminal, handle every bit as much traffic as Kahului...but airlines seem to prefer flying to the "sunny side" over in Kona. So Hilo has this big airport that's mostly served by just AQ and HA for interisland flights.


Kahului's airport is bordering on being smaller than it should be but the residents strongly opposed the plans to lengthen the runway, so there it sits.

Lihue is just about the right size.  Smile


User currently offlineDsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 901 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

I would give a nod to Jackson International (JAN). IT is a pretty small town, compared to larger ones and bosst service from Wn, 9E, DL, COX, AE, and US.

The airport itself has a pretty large terminal w/ 2 concourses, and when you consider a sizable presence by cargo airlines, military traffic, and a FBO handiling large corporate's, JAN is a pretty big operation, in a small/medium sized market.



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User currently offlineManxATP From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

I would have to say Point Salines in Grenada. Although the airport itself (terminal) is small it has a large runway and handles 777 & 747 from the UK and elsewhere. The population of the whole state of Grenada is only 100,000.

User currently offlineMats From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 632 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Lewisberg/Greenbrier, West Virginia.

The ridiculously long runway was built as part of "Operation Congo." This was a plan to evacuate members of Congress to a massive bunker beneath the Greenbrier Hotel. A journalist discovered the bunker some years ago and it now serves as a "museum."

The rather advanced airport facilities remain. US Airways Express and ASA/Delta Connection serve the airport. There were actual DC-9s to LaGuardia; I don't think those are around anymore.


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Savannah International (Georgia) is absolutely huge... yet it services only a relatively small/insignificant city.

Though, to its credit, many airlines now are marketing it as the gateway to Hilton Head as well  Smile


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