OMA2FAI2SAV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
With all the expansion going on at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, I wonder who is going to be next to serve it?? I know the airport is planning for the future by expanding the terminal by another 5 gates, but there has to be someone in mind they are trying to lure here. JetBlue comes to mind, but I am not too sure when. Other than them, I cannot think of any airline that would be looking hard at SAV. Savannah handled over a million passengers last year (Despite a strangely slow december).
Projects currently going on at SAV include;
New short term parking lot. 4 stories.
Demolishing old control tower (complete)
150 new parking spaces where old tower was
Expanding terminal by 5 gates bringing the total to 15
Cities currently served nonstop from SAV are:
Atlanta - 2x daily on AirTran, 8x daily on Delta, 1x daily on Delta Connection (ASA)
Charlotte - 5x daily on USAirways
Chicago O'Hare - 3x daily on United Express
Cincinnati- 2x daily on Delta Connection
Dallas - 2x daily on American Eagle
Detroit - 1x daily on Northwest Airlink (9E) soon being upgraded to a daily DC9
Houston - 2x daily on Continental Express
Newark - 2x daily on Continental Express
New York LaGuardia - 3x daily on Delta Connection
Washington Dulles - 3x daily on United Express
Service to Boston starting in March on Delta Connection.
Still waiting DOT to rule on Washington Regan service on Delta Connection.
So.....what else can we see for SAV??? Any new airlines/routes? Please, share what you think.
Fjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 582 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
Thats great to hear that SAV is expanding, but they've actually LOST a significant number of flights since i moved away in July 2004... When I moved Delta had 5x daily to CVG, 2x daily to JFK, once daily to MCO, 2x daily to DFW, and 10x daily to ATL plus one on ComAir...and a number of those ATL trips were on the 757 and the others the 738 (maybe just one or two MD88's)..all told Delta's operation totaled about 25 flights daily, making it one of the 50 busiest Delta stations. Seems now, it has lost that status, with 15 or 16 dailies if you include BOS and DCA (lJune 2005 there was DCA service daily on US Airways Express, and weekend service to BOS)...not to mention while I lived there (Sep 2003-July 2004) on US CLT was 6x daily (now 5), on NW DTW was 2x daily (plus weekend service to MSP and even MEM during holiday season)-- service on COEX to EWR was 3x daily (now 2) and they brought a 737-500 on weekends on the midday flight. Not to mention the 6 or 7 dailies to IAD on Independence Air (now gone obviously).
So right now there is an open gate at SAV (gate 6), vacated by Indy...as I understand, Delta remains at Gates 1, 3, and 5 (when i lived there they had 7 as well but shared gate 1 w/ NW), CO has gate 2, NW gate 4 (was vacant when I was there), Amer. Eagle at gate 7, US at 9, United Exp. at 10, AirTran at 8. I could see Jet Blue maybe move into Gate 6 and try out a couple E190's into JFK everyday, but honestly I dont think that 15 gates will be occupied there anytime real soon unless Southwest moves in or AirTran ramps up ops there (not out of the question since they have a res center there)...i've always thought a daily 717 SAV-BWI would make it....
Anyhow SAV was my favorite part of Savannah, it was nice, people were friendly, and usually when I was there i was leaving I wasn't horribly fond of the low country myself....
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 6910 posts, RR: 29 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
NW in SAV is highly seasonal. Low season its only 1 CRJ to DTW, but going into high season in the spring they usually go to 3x daily (4 weekend) to DTW, including a mainline DC-9. Weekend MSP service returns, and sometimes MEM. They will continue this pattern of matching capacity and demand. It is nice to see the Avro's & DC-9's there.
AA is considering restarting SAV-MIA, and it is possible to see a weekend/seasonal ORD-SAV.
DL is not going to restart point-to-point SAV-TPA/MCO/FLL service, these were terrible money-losers.
Other than that, just the potential for JetBlue and Southwest service in the future.
OMA2FAI2SAV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
Could a DL SAV-SLC route work??? I see a ton of bags that are going out and double connecting (SAV-ATL-SLC-ANC lets say). I do work on the ramp here in SAV for DL. I would think it could work. I think anything west could work. Right now the farthest west we go is only to the midwest. How about someone starting service to the west or to the rocky mountian states?? F9 SAV-DEN??? UA SAV-DEN??? DL SAV-SLC??? HP/US SAV-LAS or SAV-PHX??? Anyone???
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 6910 posts, RR: 29 Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
The 757's will return when the busier spring break & summer travel season picks up. Right now its the slow time of the year.
As for service farther West, highly unlikely. There just isn't the demand to points West to fill suitable aircraft. The rumor is that JAX-SLC with an E-170 sooner rather than later, but you'd see JAX before SAV and only aircraft it could work with would the be E-170. There is not enough demand to fill anything larger than a 70 seater to anywhere on points West.
Incorrect. I work the ramp every day in SAV and they only serve LGA. JFK is no longer a destination from SAV. And to be honest, I dont know how LGA stays around. The loads are quite poor except for the weekends.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
SAV used to get daily 757's during the heavy summer schedules, but most them probably were dropped out for Song, leaving SAV with MD88's and 738's, maybe a couple 73Q's thrown in. Those work pretty well because even then, DL can fill them up.
Its doubtful that SAV will see a SLC run anytime soon(although maybe one day there will be a 170 on the route), but JAX will definately get a morning 170 run to SLC before SAV will. I've worked in SAV before and although its a cute little airport, I just don't have fond memories of the place and visiting the airport again would, well, let's just not go there. But the city of SAV is one of my favorite places to be. Small town charm and typical Southern hospitality, but with enough to cater to the Irish and the number of colleges around.
I've always liked the aviation motif in the SAV business office just past the ticket counters. Inside is a big picture of a DL DC-4 in front of the terminal, as well as several smaller pictures around the conference room. A little off topic, but did anyone know the SAV airport currently has 2 graves on site? It was once a private farm and the family and families slaves were buried there. In WWII, the Army wanted to buy it for B-24 training. The Army offered to inter the entire family and slaves to nearby cemeteries and the family was willing to sell the land, but only if the family patriarchs could remain buried there. An agreement was reached. Later, the airfield became Savannah Airport and the city keeps the graves properly groomed. So next time you fly into SAV, you probably won't even realize it but you may taxi within feel of 2 graves at the airport.
The 8th Air Force Museum a couple miles away is a nice visit too.