Flyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 3866 times:
I just flew to BWI and was shocked to see that USAirways had hardly any gates left...Piedmont used to have almost the whole airport! They had some commuter flights and lots of empty spaces....very sad. America West moved into one of their old gates.
Piedmont was a great airline...one of 2 (PSA) that US screwed over.
DCA-ROCguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 3694 times:
Zrs70--as much as we Rochesterians appreciate the compliment, ROC wasn't a hub for Empire. SYR was their hub, and the other Upstate cities were focus cities. Empire typically had 13-15 daily F-28's from Rochester, to places like SYR, BOS, LGA, EWR, JFK, and ALB. At its height, UR typically ran around 70-80 dailies from SYR, split between F-28's and Swearingen Metros.
Empire, and then Piedmont, was great for competition in the Northeast. Heaven knows USAir needed competition. As Flyboyaz noted, UR/ PI got screwed over by US, as did the cities that lost competition through that merger.
Several people here have argued in other threads that RDU, and maybe BNA, could have survived if AA had made them mostly-RJ hubs. But RJ's weren't widespread yet. And AA's pilots would have gone ballistic, and at that time gotten away with it, if AA had tried to save those hubs with RJ's.
Air1727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 3504 times:
The term "hub" is definately abused; a lot of these were only gateways and never hubs. Pan Am also had a hub in Houston (IAH). Republic's gateway in Phoenix was acquired from Hughes Airwest. Northwest's gateway in Milwaukee was certainly one folks forget, as well as Delta's Memphis hub. Continental's tenure at Washington Dulles and Denver Stapleton were also ones people forget about. Orlando was only a true hub to two carriers; Florida Express and Braniff II (which acquired Florida Express). Braniff II started with a hub in Dallas (DFW) and then moved operations to Kansas City.
Saint Louis had its fair share; Trans World, Ozark, Air 1, and was also a gateway for Eastern. Atlanta has been infested by Southern, Republic, Delta, Eastern, Trans World (gateway), and so on. So much depth to some airports.
USAIRWAYS321 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 3484 times:
Jeffrey1970: Northwest never had an RDU hub, but American did for a while around the time your flight was taken. Perhaps you are mistaken on the airline. US Airways (USAir at the time) would've been the only other airline from DCA-MLB with a North Carolina (Charlotte) connection.