Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Now, if this is not a reason to hurry up and get the North Terminal underway, I don't know what is!
Fliers' use soars at Metro; record yearly pace possible
September 25, 2004
BY JEWEL GOPWANI
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Detroit Metropolitan Airport reached a new monthly record in July for the number of passengers who used the airport.
Despite the struggles of major carriers -- United Air Lines Inc. is in bankruptcy, US Airways Inc. filed this month, and Delta Air Lines is threatening to file -- 3.4 million passengers arrived and departed from Metro in July.
And, while passenger loads for United and US Airways declined, July's pace is putting Metro on track for a record year to beat 2000, which saw 35.5 million passengers.
July is usually a good month for airport traffic. But it got an extra boost from low-fare carriers pushing fares down, airport spokesman Mike Conway said.
Metro Airport's July numbers saw the biggest push from its dominant carrier. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines Inc. and its commuter airlines posted an increase of about 2 percent compared with last year, with an additional 245,604 departures and arrivals at Metro, its largest hub.
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Northwest's July load factor of 85.5% and Spirits' 84.4% are amazing....
Does anyone know if these airport passenger figures include charter flights out of DTW??? The charters (to Las Vegas, Cancun and Punta Cana) have been packed all summer....I woudn't be surprised if the load factors for charter aircraft is in the the 90 to 95% range, perhaps even higher.
Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13461 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
I think the new terminal used almost exclusively by NW is a factor. It is a great facility, very user friendly with the tram system, plenty of windows (to see all of the DC-9's better!) plenty of stores. The improvements in the automotive business over the years and with more car parts suppliers based outside the Detroit area is probably also adding to the increasing use of DTW. The growth of WN, Spirit, other LCC's at DTW (although using the old terminal bldg.) also adds to the rising pax numbers. This is good news.