Aguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1959 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
- 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.
BA747400 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 427 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
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.
My only question is this: Why doesn't AA fly into MHT? I think it would be quite profitable for them.
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 23 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1882 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.
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1829 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.
Aguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1813 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!)
MHTOH From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1807 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!
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7251 posts, RR: 25 Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1782 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
Aguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1737 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)
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 6869 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1724 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
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8770 posts, RR: 13 Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1543 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 $$$ on parking (MHT is $8/day, I pay $14 minimum at BOS, depending if I park off-site or on-airport)...
Anyway, either BOS or MHT serves me well, so it's a win-win situation for me.
Aguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1489 times:
You can actually still see the original terminal building at MHT (I believe its a white little one story building with a strange looking pillar shaped design feature in the middle - kind of an art deco looking kind of thing). The little original terminal building sits abandoned and alone at the far end of one of the runways
Emailed the Airport Adminstration the other day and asked them to post pics of the new addition on the airport website. They said they though it was a great idea (guess the forgot they even had a website), though last I checked they hadn't posted yet.
Sure do wish AA would come to MHT - need more airlines at this great airport
Navairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1424 times:
MHT seems to be a $$ 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.
GD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 11 Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1364 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 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