BAGSMASHER From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2554 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.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6463 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2460 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.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
EverettWA From Turkey, joined Sep 1999, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2389 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...
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4541 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2176 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).
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.
Dsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2163 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.
ManxATP From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2140 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.
Mats From Israel, joined Jul 2003, 654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2079 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.