KITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 371 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
Perhaps this has been answered in many forums already but why, beyond a financial spat w/ Allegheny County did Usairways decide to focus, years ago, on PHL instead of PIT? PIT Isn't prone to nearly as many delays as PHL, has ample space and plenty of runway capacity vs. PHL. Since the 1990's, they've been expanding PHL with the new F concourse and international terminal. Is that 30min flight time worth it for international pax? They're may not be that much O&D traffic from PIT compared to PHL but DL did well with ATL as a super hub. Any answers?-Matt in KITH
UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1464 times:
All of these answeres are indeed correct.
Another facet to the poppulation pool that draws directly from, is the population that candrive to the airport. I beleive that 3 hours is the bench mark, and I read somewhere that PHL is with in a three hour drive of 25% of the population of the United States. PIT is not.
So you add up the plusses and minuses and PHL comes out on top.
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 1366 times:
There are a couple of reasons:
1) PHL is a much larger city than PIT. Even with WN moving in, there is plenty of room for both airlines.
2) PIT's GMSA is one of the few in the US that is shrinking. Part of the reason for this is the industrial base of the city is shriveling up. Steel and other manufacturing industries are dying out in this country, and they refuse to innovate. So they dry up and PIT sufferes for it.
3) Consolidation of resources. By scheduling more flights out of PHL and fewer flights out of PIT, they can use the resources already available at PHL and reduce the number of resources required at PIT. They save money in terms of carrying costs, maintenance, and leases.
4) PIT and PHL are very close together. Having two hubs so close (less than 300 miles) for a traditional hub/network carrier is absurd, a waste. I wouldn't be surprised, if US manages to recover, if they put a new hub somewhere further west in a growing metro, like IND or STL.
5) International traffic out of PHL, due to the city being the #5 GMSA in the country and having a massive financial and commercial base (though not quite as big as NYC's), is much greater than the traffic out of PIT.
But this all comes down to one major idea: Consolidation of resources. US can't afford to keep all it has. It has to make cuts somewhere, and PIT makes the most sense.
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