MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34610 posts, RR: 70 Posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2350 times:
American Eagle is switching airports in Kileen, Texas. Service will move from from ILE to GRK, 9 miles away, effective 2 August 2004. American Eagle will also increase frequency from 9 to 10 daily services. All flights use Saabs.
Does this have to do with ILE closing or a new airport having been built?
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2315 times:
Killeen is building a new joint civilian-military use airport in conjunction with Fort Hood. This facility will be much like the one at Wichita Falls (SPS), with shared runways but different terminal facilities. This makes sense for the Killeen-Temple area, as Fort Hood (the largest military installation in the world) constitutes much of the commercial traffic.
The project is probably nearing completion; everything I've read indicates that "Summer 2004" is the target date.
I don't know if the airport code will change; I would think that it will keep the ILE code (much like AUS and DEN kept their codes after new airports were built).
The benefit of this new facility is the longer runway. Currently, ILE cannot support regional jet service because its runway is too short. It is widely believed that DL Connection will return and serve Killeen with regional jets, to DFW and possibly ATL. Whether AA and CO will bring regional jets remains to be seen, due to the airport's proximity to DFW and IAH.
I currently live in Austin, and there is a chance that this airport could become a decent alternative to AUS. For people living in Georgetown and Round Rock (north of Austin), the drive isn't considerably further than AUS. Plus, it will be less congested, and parking fees will likely be lower (hell, parking is free at ACT). Of course, fares will be the real determining factor here, but I do think it is a distinct possibility as Williamson and Bell counties continue to grow.
All in all, it's a great development for Texas aviation. I will try to get up there and see it when the terminal is finished.
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3761 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
CO (well, RU/OO) will be making the move as well. The one major issue with the old airport was the shortness of the runway. Get it just a bit too wet and RJs couldn't land there because of the extended braking conditions. That was the main reason Skywest took over the route. After the move, I believe RU will be back with a flight or two of it's own.