I just heard from someone who has a former CO Express manager friend in Houston and they do indeed want to add TVC to their network from Cleveland but, once again, have to wait until the new terminal is completed. It sounds like weekend only service initially. They might also look at ERJ service from EWR to compete with AE's LGA flight.
Another rumor being tossed around AGAIN, is that AE may extend their DFW-GRR flight to TVC and then possibly up to Marquette for maintenance. It would most likely be an evening flight.
With the opening of the new terminal, other airlines that have been mentioned are Chicago Express and United Airlines might again look at 737 service from ORD during the summer, as they did back in 2001 but decided not to because the current terminal does not have sufficient room.
An update on the terminal....
The longest runway at TVC has been closed the past few days while they worked on laying the taxiways coming off the runway for the new taxiway to the terminal. Runway 18-36, 5107ft long, was taking ARJ's, ERJ's, and CRJ's. I think this is the main reason NW pulled the DC9's for the month of May, even though they have used 18-36 runway in the past. TVC had a DC9-50 today (NW 9901), but, I am presuming runway 28-10 is open again.
Runway 10-28 will be extended, they have torn up land at both ends of the runway. No word as to how how it will be yet.
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6278 posts, RR: 24 Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
TVC has also applied for a SCASD grant which would be used to get DL to offer daily service, year round to CVG (instead of just weekend summer service). It will be a few months before we know who wins the grant.
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 51 Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2511 times:
Thanks for that document. That is very interesting reading.
The only thing I disagree with is the airport director assuming NWA is pulling the DC9's. They are adding more flights with the 9's, at least seasonally, and if they did happen to retire them sooner than forecasted, NWA would more than likely begin flying A319's into TVC.
They are basing that report on CRJ's between CVG-TVC so I assume it will be Comair, or maybe even ASA.
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6278 posts, RR: 24 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
The reason the airport director mentions the DC-9's going away is to cast the situation in as dire terms as possible. By saying the DC9's are going away, it makes it appear as if TVC will be losing more capacity and thus the need for a grant is more urgent.
As for who will fly TVC-CVG, that's up to Delta. TVC would probably prefer Comair since they operate larger 40-50 seat CRJ's which is why TVC mentions Comair in the application. However, DL will send the plane that it thinks is appropriate and available.
If the TVC market develops well for DL, I could see FRJ's in the winter and then larger CRJ's in the summer months (particularly on the weekends).
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 51 Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
Since the re-opening of runway 10-28, the last two days, Northwest has thrown in a couple DC9's. This is a normal departure for a DC9, so I think that its pretty much certain they pulled the DC9's off the schedule for the month of May because of the runway closure.
Information as of 5/24/2004 1:08:57 PM GMT
FlightID: NWA9902 (Commercial Jet)
Status: IN FLIGHT
Owner: NORTHWEST ORIENT AIRLINES INC.
Radio Call: NORTHWEST
Ground Spd: 386 kts Altitude: 18,600
Type: DC93 (McDonnell-Douglas DC-9-30 (C9,VC9...))
Origin Apt: TVC CHERRY CAPITAL
Dest Apt: DTW DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY
Departed: 09:01 AM EDT (1301Z)
Original ETA: 09:37 AM EDT (1337Z)
Calculated ETA: 09:35 AM EDT (1335Z), In 0h 22m
Dist Fm Dept: 38 nm Dist To Dest: 143 nm
Planners identify primary issues
By BILL O'BRIEN
Record-Eagle staff writer
TRAVERSE CITY - Some of the desired "visions" for the Traverse
City region seem crystal clear - more arts and culture, better use of
Boardman river and lake, affordable housing and top-notch health care.
But other ideas - like creating a regional government authority
or moving the airport out of the city - generated more debate than
consensus during the second day of a two-part "visioning" event
sponsored by the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Community planner William McDonough and his aides ran
the "community charette" discussions held Thursday at Northwestern
Michigan College's Great Lakes campus building.
McDonough's team, which met with dozens of area residents and
local officials in recent months to prepare for the conference,
identified seven primary issues.
They included traffic, maintaining the area's "small-town"
character, the region's "growth" versus "no growth" factions, the
local economy, affordable housing, protecting the environment and the
need for better coordination of local planning.
Other topics raised during the morning discussions included the
lack of racial and cultural diversity in the area, and the need for
more recreational opportunities.
After the main issues were identified, the crowd of 150-plus
met in smaller groups for almost three hours to develop a set of
goals for the Traverse City area. Each group presented their ideas by
mid-afternoon, and the consultants highlighted the common goals - or
the "points of consensus" - at the close of the session.
"We all said we like where we live," said Doug Mansfield, one
of the discussion leaders and the chairman of the Grand Traverse
County board of public works. "We like Traverse City."
Other goals generating wide agreement among the group included
more clean water initiatives, community-supported agriculture,
expanding learning opportunities at NMC, developing "green building"
models and a regional "dark sky" effort.
The desire by some for a more-regional approach to local
government generated the most debate of the day. Some participants
said it was critical for implementing some of the suggestions made,
while others countered it would result in less public involvement.
Bureau officials are excited about the public interest in the
project so far. McDonough's keynote speech Wednesday night drew more
than 850 area residents, officials said, followed by Thursday's day-
long discussion. McDonough said the challenge for the 30-member
steering committee in the coming months will be to explain the ideas
to the public and generate more civic involvement in the goals.
"These are urgent issues that have to happen regardless of
(local politics)," McDonough said.