B727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 524 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5395 times:
As the topic states, Why do they have so many gates here @ SYR? For the amount of flights that go thru our airport, all of the airlines would fit into Terminal A. This would give each airline about 2 gates with the exception on jetBlue and Northwest who already operate with one gate now. The airport could then just operate/maintain the A terminal. Does USAirways have a contract where these gates are leased? Any info is appreciated.
Atcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5234 times:
If memory serves those gates came to Piedmont from a little airline called Empire. I believe they operated F28s and something else.
It seems like a waste if US doesn't use them and doesn't need them. A money loosing company like US should be dropping them to reduce costs. I bet they have them on some kind of long term lease or maybe them even own them.
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3524 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4933 times:
I didn't count them but I noticed on Friday at MCO that there was a bunch of US Airways gates - most of them empty all the time.
Same here in BUF - whole "left" part of the terminal plus one gate on the "right" side. But... like it or not they have the biggest number of flights out of BUF. However if JetBlue can fly 7 dailies to JFK with one gate why US would need 5 or 6?
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4542 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4825 times:
US Airways has eight gates at ROC, and could probably function well there on about five or six. The airline still has lots of regional-jet and DeHavilland dailies at ROC and BUF to various Northeast business centers. Thus, US still needs to park 2-3 mainline and 3-4 regional a/c at once.
JetBlue, by contrast, operates to one destination, JFK, from ROC, SYR, and BUF. So they do fine with just one gate. However, once the EMB 190's come online, B6 has said they want to run nonstops from Upstate NY to Florida. (Probably FLL which is not served nonstop from UNY right now.) Also, JetBlue has also said they want to substitute 190's for A320's in the Upstate markets to offer greater frequencies for business travelers.
That means probably 11 or 12 daily 190's at BUF, 8 or 9 at ROC, and 6 or 7 at SYR. At SYR one gate will probably still be enough, but at BUF and ROC they'll probably want another gate.
The Rochester paper reports that our airport manager is pressing for 190 flights to BOS, an underserved market. But an AirTran c/s rep at BWI told me a couple of weeks ago that the airline will likely start running ROC and BUF nonstops to Boston ( FL doesn't have to wait til 2005 for 717's )this year. AirTran already has two gates at ROC which would be sufficient to go from the current 7 dailies to probably 9. At BUF, FL would go from 4 to 6 in this scenario, which probably could be done at the existing gate.
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KITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4797 times:
SYR Was a US stronghold and like many communities in upstate, US (or its express carriers) was and may still be the dominant carrier. Ex. ITH (ONLY US EX) ELM-BGM (Most flights US) and in SYR it used to be almost an entire concourse for US. DL has 3 if I'm not mistaken at SYR. With the 170's coming in I'm not sure the load factors are high enough in SYR to keep mainline, despite the 170's being "mainline" jets.
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