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East Texas Regional/ GGG Airline Svc Memories?  
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

Good afternoon, all.

I just dropped a couple of my friends off at GGG (East Texas regional, formerly Gregg County Municipal). I have been going to school out here for two years, and taking friends to the airport for about that amount of time. When we started, American Eagle flew 5 Saab 340s in and out every day- now they are down to three.
My question is:
I noticed today that there are three airline counters in the terminal. One is occupied by American Eagle, but as they are the only airline to serve GGG, the other two have generic airplane stuff stuck on the wall.
I wonder if other airlines served in the past? ASA/Delta Commuter? Texas Int'l/TTa? Does anyone remember? I really like the airport, as everything is ground level, and you can see the 340s up close... Unfortunately, you can't go outside with them....

Thanks ahead of time,
R

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User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1521 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

You are correct. The most recent carrier to have served GGG was DL/ASA. Texas Int'l was a long time prescence at GGG until TT discontinued flying the Convair 600s in transitioning to all jet / national carrier.


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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

A few years ago, AAEagle announced it was leaving GGG, but decided to stay at the last minute. Now that TYR has a new terminal, I would bet most passengers just make the drive there instead of dealing with GGG.

I always thought that the Tyler-Longview area could do well by building a joint airport halfway between the two cities, like somewhere west of Kilgore just off I-20. That would serve an area of about 500,000 people and might be able to draw RJ flights to places like ATL, MEM, etc., but with the new terminal at TYR, doesn't look like that will happen now. Plus, I think people who live within 200 miles of DFW are just used to the idea of driving to DFW for air service; many don't even think about the possibility of flying from ABI, SPS, ACT, TYR, or GGG.



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Wow. Didn't know. Well, I hope things pick up- 3 Saab 340s a day is not much traffic.
R


User currently offlineShinton From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

I live in Shreveport and fly out of GGG. Reasons: it 40 minutes from Shreveport Regional to GGG, I can arrive 20 minutes before flight time, AA people and TSA are great, and GGG makes flying fun!! P.S. Parking is 3 bucks per day using the honor box.

Compared to Shreveport with bad airport management and it is a TSA training ground with at times very rude TSA people.


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

My memory-
I flew out of GGG in the summer of 1997. I was going to Air Force field training, and at the time I had left Austin for some summer school at SFA in Nacogdoches. Well for the Air Force, they buy tickets from the nearest airport to your point of departure. GGG was/is the closest airport to Nacogdoches/Lufkin with airline service. So I flew out and a month later flew back on AE. Quaint little airport and all went well! But I haven't been back since  Big grin

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Texas-It's bigger than France


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

Wholly mackarel, Lt-AWACS.
Lemme get this straight. Your signature says, "ciao," "hook 'em," and "Texas is bigger than France." And yet your username says you're from Belieze? Wow- you have got some serious culture conflicts in there. Italy meets Austin meets Belieze meets Paris.
I sure like GGG too, but flying to Dallas is ridiculously expensive- $250. Considering I can get a ticket from DFW-LAS for $189 on the same days, it's a rip off for a 2.5 hour drive. OF course, by next week, it'll cost $250 in gas to drive that length.....

R


User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Most people in east texas just drive to houston or dallas. When you factor in the layover from the connecting flight from GGG or SHV, it probably takes about the same amount of time when flying American, Southwest, or Continental.

User currently offlineShinton From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1988 times:

KAUSpilot-- I used to drive from SHV to D/FW or IAH. No more, the traffic and I am ready to get home on the return. Plus D/FW parking is $$$$. I wonder how many people's finally destination is D/FW when they fly out of Longview, Tyler, Texarkana,Wichita Falls, Shreveport, etc. I guess not many. The GGG fares intrastate (Texas) and the bordering states is fairly cheap. Like the guy said earlier GGG is a quaint little airport, plus it is fun to fly out of. (no hassles and friendly people)

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I've had similar experiences with the airport at ACT. Occasionally, fares here at AUS will be very high, and if you're flying AA (like I always do), you will pretty much have to connect through DFW. If the fare is cheaper (which is rare, but it does happen), I can drive 1 1/2 hours to Waco, park for free, connect through DFW, and be on my way. It's good to see that some of these smaller Texas airports are attracting such passengers.


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