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MHT: The Alternative To Logan!  
User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

MHT is a great alternative to Logan. Though one that is unfortunately being quickly discovered by many people.

- Cheap convenient parking
- No traffic
- Brand new terminal building
- Easy baggage reclaim
- Friendly employees
- No Air Traffic related delays
- Comfortable
- Rarely closes due to snow
- Newly extended runways (no more scary landings in 757s that feel they are going to roll right into the parking lot on landing)
- Everything you'd want in an airport!

Only downsides are that 1) No International Service other than to Toronto 2) Popularity of the airport combined with the airports small size has led to expensive fares at what was supposed to be a "cheaper alternative to Logan". Despite the presence of Southwest, it can often be significantly cheaper to fly through Logan than through MHT.

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User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Aguilo, I agree with you wholly.

Every summer I go to Maine and Boston and I try to book my flights through MHT or PVD, avoiding Logan. Sometimes I get stuck flying into BDL, and we drive north  Sad


User currently offlineBA747400 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

Aguilo,
I completely agree with everything you said. It IS more convenient, and sometimes a little cheaper too. Although its a small terminal, I have to say; it never feels like that. Security always moves fast, there's a smoking room...etc. Like you said, the only downfall is the lack of international service. I can understand why this is, and I suppose its a good thing: Having a 744 bringing hundreds of PAX into that terminal would ruin everything the airport represents!
Anyway, well posted.

Regards,
Mike

My only question is this: Why doesn't AA fly into MHT? I think it would be quite profitable for them.


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

My only question is this: Why doesn't AA fly into MHT? I think it would be quite profitable for them.

If AA thought it would be profitable, they'd fly there.

AA is interesting, though, when it comes to secondary airports. They have a big operation at LAX, yet they fly to SNA, ONT, etc. They have a big hub at MIA, yet they fly to (and are beefing up) FLL. They have a major hub at ORD, yet they fly to MDW. However, with the big hub at DFW, they don't fly to DAL (of course, there are Wright Amendment restrictions here).

They probably don't serve MHT because they already fly to PVD, BOS, PWM, and BDL. That probably wraps us as much of New England as they're going to get.



"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

MHT is a great airport...I'm biased because it's my home airport too! I've been flying in there since I was about 12, back when we had the old terminal. It was a great experience.

AA did fly to MHT for a brief time in the 80's I think. I remember seeing the ticket counter there, though I believe it was only Eagle service. TWA also served MHT for a time to JFK, also on Express.


User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2728 times:



My home airport as well! I can leave my house in Litchfield, NH and be
in the parking garage in 15 minutes. I miss the good spotting area we used
to have there, but I understand there are plans to create a new one..

I seem to recall reading last week some discussion (mht Yahoo group?) that
AA was talking about starting mainline service at MHT.


Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

AA used to fly into MHT up until about 1999 or 2000, but even then they only had AA Eagle service using SAAB 340s. Strange thing was that AA was the only airline to pull out eventhough this was the time when MHT was rapidly expanding and getting more and more service from everyone else - this was also when Massport started pushing the "regional airport" idea as an alternative to Logan after the NIMBYs around BOS started acting up. I think they pulled out because of a strategic business decision, essentially AA is focussing its operations on only serving major markets.

Someone above mentioned all the surrounding airports they serve around LAX and ORD, but even those "secondaries" are major markets onto themselves. AA flies into Burlington, VT and Portland, ME because these are the only airports in those regions at all.

AA recently was evaluating re-entry into MHT along with JetBlue and AirTran but all decided against it unfortunately. JetBlue was debating BOS v. MHT, but went with BOS instead. Too bad, because MHT fares can be pretty high, eventhough Southwest serves the airport (their flights are always PACKED)

With MHT though, it is only 45 minutes to 1 hour by car to BOS so the market is essentially the same as the BOS market. Shame though, I've emailed AA several times recommending that they conisder AA but seems like they're not interested - only reason I won't fly AA - those AAdvantage miles will be useless to me since they dont serve my favorite airport.

Nice thing about MHT also is that even the airport administration is relatively accessible. Have sent emails and questions to their Airport Director several times through the website (www.flymanchester.com) and always get a prompt reply either from him personally or one of the #2s

(B747400 and Ozzie - glad you agree with my prior post!)


User currently offlineMHTOH From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

I wish AA would come back into MHT again (Eagle should have never left...) MHT is a great airport (yes I am biased as well), and I never fly out of Logan unless I have to. Now that the "small" terminal expansion is done, within the next year, the other expansion will begin going the otherway for SWA. With the new runway completed, a new tower underway, and a new parking garage being planned on the backside of the current one, MHT will continue to be an excellent alternative to BOS for a long time to come!

mhtoh



mmm...jet fuel...
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

Starting July 6, WN will introduce non-stop service to PHL. Using the drop in fares when FL re-established PHL-BOS service last year and WN starting PHL-PVD service on May 9; one will get a pretty good indication of how low PHL-MHT fares will be.


"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

USAir - always so protective of its MHT-PHL route must be SOOOOOO mad!

(they already got bumped from their prime ticket counter locale in the MHT terminal by Southwest, who has the largest carrier had to have the extra space afforded by being on the end of the ticket counter area)


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8663 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

But MHT is not for everyone. For most of us who live inside 128 MHT is just not a very viable alternative. It takes me only 15 minutes to get to BOS from my house 15 miles north of Boston. I can take a cab and save on parking, or I can take the Commuter rail to North Station and hop on a cab to the airport from there. Total travel time=1 hour by train/cab. It takes me longer than that just to drive from my house to MHT. There are no trans-atlantic flights from MHT, which make up the bulk of my trips; very few non-stop destinations; and certainly not the frquencies that business travelers want. The best thing about MHT is that if enough people start using it, BOS will be less crowded for those of us who prefer it  Smile


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

MHT is a bit pricy out of ATL. So, I use BOS.  Smile Maybe if FL started service..... Big grin


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Very ironic how MHT was supposed to be the lowe price alterniative to BOS, but now BOS is actually the low price alternative to MHT.

As much as I like MHT it is usually much cheaper to fly through BOS than MHT strangely enough - probably because of the high load factors and comparatively limited routes from MHT.

All the MHT bound flights I've been on are always PACKED (except for the 10pm departing PIT-MHT on US sometimes)


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

USAir - always so protective of its MHT-PHL route must be SOOOOOO mad!

That's just the tip of the iceberg. US's CEO David Siegel's words regarding WN coming to PHL (a major hub & international gateway for US) a couple of weeks ago, "Southwest is coming to kill us."

Now That's Entertainment.

P.S. - No disresect to the fine employees of US Airways.


[Edited 2004-04-08 20:16:15]

[Edited 2004-04-08 20:17:30]


"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1041 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

I booked a rt Southwest flight PHL-MHT for August. Total fare including taxes - $76.00! Match that US!

User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2497 times:



I do wish AirTran served MHT. I have 2 (grown) children in the Atlanta area
and now that one of them has made me a grandpa, I'd like to get down there
more often and they definitely are the cheapest.


Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3222 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

I remember before the current terminal was built, MHT had an old-time small brick building. They actually built one or two ground level jetways into the crammed space! I loved that old building!


14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2471 times:


That old building was great..I could walk off the plane, out of the terminal,
and be in my car in about 5 minutes. If 2 jets landed at the same time, the
terminal was a disaster


Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

I too normally find fares slightly cheaper out of BOS than out of MHT...don't ask me why...

Anyway, I am flying out of MHT for the first time next Saturday...first time flying out (after having been to the airport countless times to go spotting)...I'm taking DL down to MCO, paid $271 for the ticket, while DL wanted about $385 out of BOS. Right now the flight is pretty full (I think they have 1-2 seats left), so people are booking these flights up. I am looking forward to saving some $$$ on parking (MHT is $8/day, I pay $14 minimum at BOS, depending if I park off-site or on-airport)...

Anyway, either BOS or MHT serves me well, so it's a win-win situation for me.

Jeff


User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

You can actually still see the original terminal building at MHT (I believe its a white little one story building with a strange looking pillar shaped design feature in the middle - kind of an art deco looking kind of thing). The little original terminal building sits abandoned and alone at the far end of one of the runways

Emailed the Airport Adminstration the other day and asked them to post pics of the new addition on the airport website. They said they though it was a great idea (guess the forgot they even had a website), though last I checked they hadn't posted yet.

Sure do wish AA would come to MHT - need more airlines at this great airport



User currently offlineSimpleMinded From Turkmenistan, joined Feb 2004, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

I think MHT is a great airport, I always find cheaper fares out of MHT, for example I found a NWA first fare out of MHT for $1200.00 and out of BOS it was $2600.00 Big grin

A very good airport indeed!!!



Um, I like..... yea ok
User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

MHT seems to be a $$ saver when flying long haul usually a one or two stop flight vs something that may be served nonstop out of BOS. However when it comes to service on high competition routes BOS is much cheaper. I used MHT all the time when I lived in San Diego, but since I moved to Florida I have gone to BOS ever since. Although I do agree that MHT is a much nicer airport, the prime factor ($$$$$) that used to draw me there no longer exists from my market.

User currently offlineScottDavid From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

I have flown into MHT to go to Vermont because it is MUCH cheaper than BTV even though it ican be quite a drive depending where you are going.

However, no one can deny, BOS has gotten 1000 times easier since the Ted Williams Tunnel opened...granted, it is something obscene like $6 each way.



User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

I'm really surprised FL hasn't targeted MHT. That's the type market they shoot for. Arrgg! BOS is just too close!  Big grin


Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

PVD is a good alternative also, if you live in the southern Boston suburbs. I've personally never been to MHT, but I am flying out of there for the first time next Thursday. From what I've heard, it's a nice airport.

Hey, does anyone here know what gate Pan Am uses at MHT? I am taking the morning flight down to SFB. Also, is the third floor observation deck that I heard about still opened?



Mmmm forbidden donut.
25 Post contains links ChrisNH : I am the founder of the Yahoo MHT Group, and we have a great mix of members. I invite you to join! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/manchesterairportmht/
26 JGPH1A : I love MHT if I'm flying domestic in the US from where my brother lives (Just across the NH/MA state line, near Methuen MA). So much easer to get to,
27 Aguilo : Chris NH: I too would love to see Jet Blue at MHT with their RJs but that's never going to happen unfortunately. JetBlue as an LCC can in know way jus
28 Aguilo : Oh and yes the observation deck is still open I think (or at least it was last time I was at MHT). View however is sadly limited...you can't see any o
29 ChrisNH : Aguilo, JetBlue is indeed bullish on MHT and Neeleman said as much. They did NOT go to BOS 'instead of' MHT...they simply went to BOS first. If Neelem
30 Aguilo : I would assign the ONE MD80 that AA would have at MHT to one of USAir's 4 gates before the expansion. With the expansion (that had been planned for qu
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