Spoke2Spoke From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4100 times:
These terms are very vague indeed. Majors are "closing" HUBs and downgrading them to focus cities, yet that focus city may have as many flights as another airline's hub.
There's even "rolling", or de-banked HUBs, like EWR and PHL. Also, you can connect through cities that are not only HUBs but aren't even focus cities. I.e. Des Moines (UA) or Greensboro (US). Granted, these connections are rare and thay are usually between two cities an airline has significant operations at. (ORD-DEN for UA, PIT-CLT for US)
As time goes on, the "HUB" term may sound inefficient or outdated to customers and more airlines may call more cities "focus cities". This may be for the exception of the "fortress hubs" (DFW, DTW, ATL). Then again, the days of the banked, fortress HUBs may be numbered too. What are your thoughts on this?
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