Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1911 times:
I know in the mid to late 80s, NW had a large presence at TPA. It may have even been comprable to Eastern and Delta at the time. Does anyone remember specific cities served from Tampa. I do think at one time both O'Hare and Boston were serviced nonstop. Any other interesting non hub routes anyone remembers. (I think Cancun and Montego Bay service commenced after the focus city was gone, but I may be wrong)
3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1816 times:
At its peak, TPA had four banks of flights daily.
The primary pair had B747 MSP-TPA-MIA, 3 DC10 MKE/DTW/ORD-TPA-FLL/MCO/PBI, B757 from BOS, B72S from CLE, with the narrows going to SRQ and Ft. Myers (don't remember which went where). Southbound arrived TPA around 1:30pm and departed around 2:15pm, Northbound arrived TPA around 5:00pm I think.
There was also a morning northbound bank (departing TPA around 8:30?) that at one time included flight 1 to LAX with B757 (switching to B747 in LAX on to NRT). The southbound bank arrived TPA around 9:00pm (including, of course, flight 2 from LAX).
The above peak was only one winter, but there were lots of DC10 and at least one B747 each winter from pre-deregulation until the merger with Republic, at which point they completely abandoned the mini-hub in TPA.