NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1382 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
well Alaska is not comparable because of its immense size and total remoteness. Towns of 1000 people have airports as their only connection to civilization. In contrast, West Virginia is a small state in the heavily populated mid-Atlantic region
STLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9157 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
But to answer your question-
As far as commercial airports per capita, I did a little research to a Geography friend and he told me Michigan. I've found some books, documents and web pages that support this claim and am trying to confirm it. But I can confirm that Oklahoma is number four.
Of course the term commercial is also somewhat vague and loose and can include charter/fb operations.
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N670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1599 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2072 times:
Quoting NYCFlyer (reply 2): In contrast, West Virginia is a small state in the heavily populated mid-Atlantic region
The state may sit in a heavily populated area, but the state itself is not heavily populated. Most of the larger cities (which aren't large compared to cities outside the state) lay pretty remote - surrounded by mountains and away from other cities.
Plus, you have to consider the amount of service these cities are getting. Most of them are only 2-3 B1900's a day.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1922 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
Haha! I am sitting at my home in West Virginia now and you're right! We do have a lot of airports. We also had airline service to Elkins and Cumberland (technically in West Virginia. It serves Cumberland, MD, but the airport is in Wiley Ford, WV) until a few years ago. Elkins was served over the years by American Airlines, yes I did say American Airlines, Allegheny Commuter, Colgan Airways, Christman Air System, Presidential Airways (United Express, Continental Express, and New York Air Connection), and then Colgan Air again. Cumberland had service from All-American, Allegheny and its very own Cumberland Airlines, serving BWI, DCA, PHL, and PIT for many years. After that USAir Express came in and then pulled out about four years ago. A lot of the airline service you see comes from that "Essential Air Service" deal that the government has with isolated communities. If you ever fly over West Virginia you will see that the entire state is an isolated community.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
With 325 airports recognized by the FAA and population of 626,392 (census 2000), Alaska has one airport for every 1,929 people.
West Virginia has one airport for every 48,874 people. (37 airports, 1.8 million people)
Considering the fact that Alaska by far has the most airports of any state, and it is the third least populous state (behind Vermont and Wyoming), it is awfully difficult for any other state to reach its ratio of airports to people.
I have to run errands now, but when I get back, I will figure out the ratios for all the states. Unless someone beats me to it.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1846 times:
OK so here's the ranking of Most Airports per Capita (AKA Fewest people per airport) This is using population as of 2003 and number of public airports according to the FAA. Hopefully the formatting won't be too screwed up. Enjoy.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1818 times:
Quoting SLC1 (reply 15): If you did it with commercial service airports, it would be quite different though
Perhaps, my SLC friend, you're wrong . . . First, qualify "commercial". Then we can discuss that.
Second, every little village in Alaska has a "Commercial" flight. They are regularly scheduled, flown by qualified pilots, and carry pax, mail, bags, etc.
They have no inflight gizmos - not even the friendly, George Carlin version of the "Safety Lecture" - it's done before boarding the 5-7 pax normally carried . . . but they are, in every sense of the word commercial flights.
My girlfriends parents live in Hughes. Pop = 60, on a good day. That little village on the Koyukuk River gets schedules carrier service.
SLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1760 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (reply 16): Perhaps, my SLC friend, you're wrong . . . First, qualify "commercial". Then we can discuss that.
I know, I'm not trying to discount Nanook's amazing efforts, and classifying "commercial" is very difficult if not impossible, I was just posing the question as a Hypothetical, considering that the original post referred to airports served by US in W.V.
I'd probably qualify as commercial as scheduled service, but then again that poses problems, especially when thinking of airlines like Block Island Air, Kenmore Air, Tab Express, Cape Air, Salmon Air, as well as scheduled Air Taxi services (which I'd tend to include), and scheduled charters where I'd probably do the same.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1743 times:
My efforts weren't all too amazing, but thanks. It took me longer to get it to display properly on the forum than to compile the data. I spent maybe 10 minutes with the spreadsheet. I tried to find commercial airport numbers but I couldn't find them. I would assume that the rankings would be similar to the list. If anybody knows where to find commercial airport numbers, it would take me less than 5 minutes to figure out the ratios.