ORD747CLE From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
CAK is okay in my opinion. It is the only airport in the US that I know of that permits smoking right inside the terminal that's not in a designated area. The place was pretty run down and the restaurant selection wasn't the greatest. BUT, it was worth it to save $200 over flying out of CLE. That's just my opinion though.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 19 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1760 times:
My 2 cents: DAL is cheap, but not the cheapest. You just described a monopoly, and while it may be all SWA, that's not exactly ideal for the lowest rockbottom fares.
Maybe not ideal, but not bad when the monopolist is Southwest. Example, fully refundable one-way fare from DAL-HOU (240 miles) is $92. Fully refundable one way fare on Delta from ATL-BNA(241 miles) - $412.
Portcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1612 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
CMH is pretty decent, with sufficient service from the majors (including a good selection of flights on WN) . No one carrier dominates the airport, and many routes have multiple carriers with service, so there is plenty of competition.
Vatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 893 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1680 times:
PHF Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia. Car to Plane in under 30 minutes, and lots of AirTran flights to ATL, MCO, and LGA. And some competition from Delta Connection on the ATL route keeps the fares cheap. Also US/Piedmont Dash 8's to Charlotte. And just a 20-minute drive from ORF Norfolk Int'l, which has Southwest service. Having FL and WN in the same market, even at separate airports, helps keep the fares down around here. Contrast with Richmond, which has six legacy carriers and no LCC service, and flying AA from RIC-DFW can run around $800 (last time I checked). Maybe JetBlue can come to Richmond and then Southeastern Virginia will have the triple crown of (east-coast) LCC's, and they won't be directly competing with each other.
As739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 5834 posts, RR: 23 Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
ORD747CLE, when did you fly out of CAK? That place is fantastic. They have remodeled it with keeping a touch of the history behind the airport. You can not smoke inside the airport outside designated places, and they are about to expand it with a new pier with 4 new jetways. There is a nice Wright Brothers tribute on the road coming in now as well. They have 2 new business center room for computer use in peace and quite! I think that Fred Krum has done a heck of a job with CAK. I was there 3 weeks ago and am more impressed every time. My favorite little airport to fly into and a good place, but wouldn't call it the best low cost airport.
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Aztec01 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 144 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
I've flew out of CAK several times the past year. It's a great little airport for both cost and convenience. They are expanding at such a rate though, I wonder how long it will last. As it is parking can be a problem--but that's everywhere.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4684 posts, RR: 23 Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1547 times:
CMH for America West is no more, they still serve the airport but no longer as a hub. It never was anywhere near LAS, much less PHX. It more or less served as an RJ hub in recent years, before that sort of a gathering point for east coast cities to PHX, LAS and points in between.
Thomacf From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 540 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
I have flown out of CAK twice and it is a nice airport, but calling it the best low fare airport is a bit extreme. AirTran is the only low cost carrier and only flies to ATL, MCO and LGA. I have never seen significant savings on the majors' fares when compared to CMH and CLE.
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 17 Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1514 times:
Based on the airline service (not facilities), I'd say Kansas City. It's centrally located and Southwest, Frontier, and AirTran have a strong presence there. Not only does it offer a lot of discount airline service, it's pretty well served by the majors. It has flights to most of the major airline hubs and usually offers convienient scheduling. In other words, I haven't used MCI just because it's cheap, I've also used it due to better scheduling. I've flown out to Nashville on Southwest as well as on Northwest to Detroit on my way to Osaka. Discount airline freaks and road warriors on the majors alike can find good options that suit them wherever they're going.
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TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3224 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
Thomacf, FL isn't the only carrier to offer low fares at CAK. However, FL does drive the fares at the airport. Until CO pulled out, it was frequently much less expensive to fly CAK-CLE-Florida than it was to fly CLE-Florida. The new food court is an improvement, but there are other small airports that are still better.
ORD747UAL, the only place you can smoke inside the terminal is the smoking room across from AirTran's gate. There's no smoking area in the waiting area or baggage claim. The employee lot was moved recently to the south end of the terminal, which opened up another lot for longterm parking.
FYI, CAK is not designated International, its Akron-Canton Regional, even during the short time AC flew in. Akron Fulton (where the Airdock is) is the designated international airport for the area.
All in all, it's a great airport, good service at decent fares to most of the country now, thanks to the majors matching AirTran.