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My Day At MDT  
User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9236 posts, RR: 21
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3613 times:

Buon Giorno!!! heh

I was at MDT for the first time ever today, and I must say the following about the facility...

Number 1, it's a very nice, new, modern facility. Very futuristic in appearance and up-to-date and very inviting.

Number 2, of course, it is emmmmptyyyy!!!! There was nothing there except for regional jets and prop planes. Although when I left, there was a NW DC9, either a 10 or a 30-it was a small DC9- that arrived on a DTW-MDT-DTW routing according to the monitor. 777DadandJr and myself immediately assumed that it was MSP, but I looked at the monitor and it registered DTW.

Anyway, we (777DadandJr and myself) talked a bit about the facility, he showed me some of its history, and even some of the spots that could be used for expansion.

I added, that even though pax expansion may not happen, this airport could still function as a significant cargo ops base and still be a bit of a driving force in the regional economy, particularly for Harrisburg-Middletown. It looks as though that the cargo space has room for expansion there.

All in all, I had a really good day today up at MDT, but I am just wondering what some of your thoughts are regarding MDT and its future with daily flights and cargo. Will more mainline eventually come back to MDT? Could cargo expand if it wanted to?

I understand that MDT is very expensive to op out of, and even the fares were high. 777DadandJr said that it's expensive to fly out of MDT, and noted how expensive the airport is (If you join later, I hope I quoted you correctly, and that I am not twisting words around or anything of the type...)


Do not bring stranger girt into your room. The stranger girt is dangerous, it will hurt your life.
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User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

I enjoy flying out of MDT. I used to fly in to there whenever I went to Hershey Park. The terminal opened in the fall of 2004 if I remember correctly. So what have they done with the old terminal? Is it still up or are they planning to tear it down? I only got to fly out of the new terminal once and that was a 15 minute layover flying ORD-MDT-IAD.


I wish UA flew mainline to MYR, that way you wouldn't be stuck in a smelly Saturn for 12 hours.
User currently offlineDC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

i loved my time at MDT, I flew a DC-3 out of there in 1990,supporting FedEx ops (overflow) out of EWR, a great little city,and a great airport.


the rumble of round engines is like music to me,likewise the thunder of thr JT8D
User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

MDT is the airport closest to my home, but I also fly out of EWR or IAD. I find MDT depressing, more so than the old terminal used to be. It's always empty. There is cheesy background music, which is very noticeable in such a quiet place. There are two rows of rocking chairs: you might as well announce "This is it, you're in the boonies, no Singapore for you." The signage is poor. The monitors are not where you'd expect them (you need to backtrack toward the parking area to find them). The large floor mosaic has had some maintenance problems.

Obviously, with few flights and a principally white-bread user base, it's not going to be an exciting place. But it "could" be more fun. It could feel a little like Green Acres, let's say. Instead, to me, it feels like The Langoliers.






I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
User currently offlineGregarious119 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

I had a great experience flying out of MDT over Christmas last year. The terminal was clean, spacious, and effiecient. People there were curtious and they even had live music (probably for the holiday).

Such a far cry from PHL. If they could attract some bigger jets, or maybe B6, they could really be attactive for the Berks/Lancaster area. Right now the extra 20 minutes of driving to PHL is worth it since the fares are so much lower there.

I also love looking straight down the runway while passing over the Susquehanna River Bridge on the Turnpike.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

My dads good friend lives in MDT. He flies AA and DL out of there. Is it worth the drive to PHL. Not if have you miles and miles on the airlines I mentioned he flies.

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1165 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Thread starter):
Number 1, it's a very nice, new, modern facility. Very futuristic in appearance and up-to-date and very inviting.

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Quoting Steeler83 (Thread starter):
Number 2, of course, it is emmmmptyyyy!!!! There was nothing there except for regional jets and prop planes.

Sad but true..........  thumbsdown   Sad

Sort of makes you want to close your eyes, click your heels three times and repeat "please bring back mainline service"



A330 man.
User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 750 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Thread starter):
Number 2, of course, it is emmmmptyyyy!!!!

That's the sad part...it's always empty. The AM push (0600-0730) is the busiest time.

Hopefully the addition of AA to DFW is only the start of new service. Again, I feel MDT will turn around when they can land a LCC. There is plenty of business to be had at MDT. It's just getting someone to fly here!!

Glad you had a good time Steeler.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9236 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3341 times:

Quoting United767 (Reply 1):
So what have they done with the old terminal? Is it still up or are they planning to tear it down?

It is still standing; I took a shot of the abandoned gates from inside the bridge leading to the terminal from the garage. 777DadandJr said that they might turn that into offices, but we both kinda started talking about possibly adding more gates and essentially linking the two terminals, providing that a new carrier comes in and traffic picks up considerably...

Then again, they said the same thing about another abandoned old terminal... This one, as a matter of fact...
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Quoting BatonOps (Reply 7):
Hopefully the addition of AA to DFW is only the start of new service. Again, I feel MDT will turn around when they can land a LCC. There is plenty of business to be had at MDT. It's just getting someone to fly here!!

Yeah, I'd like to see either B6, which would bring New York service to MDT, or FL. do any airlines serve BOS? If not, then FL could provide 717 service to BOS. Heh, another thought came to mind: MDT-PIT on FL, yeah right, heheh... We wish...

Frankly, they should cut their gate leases and landing fees in half, and then have airlines fight over who gets the remaining unused gates. Then when they're all filled up and more airlines want to come in, then refer to the above statement regarding expansion towards the old terminal...

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 7):
Glad you had a good time Steeler.

Thanks  Smile

Next time, the three of us should get together! I can't wait for that to happen. I'd like to meet you in person as well!! I understand that you had to work though... 777Dad is a really nice guy; we had a blast there. I am lookin forward to going back!



Do not bring stranger girt into your room. The stranger girt is dangerous, it will hurt your life.
User currently offlinePhilly From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3292 times:

It is a beautiful airport and I think it is very passenger friendly. You park in the garage, then cross the street to the terminal. The gates/bathrooms/counters are clean and spacious. Plus, you need super security to get from one area to another if you are an employee. Great set up for TSA so they aren't as obvious or in the way as in other airports. They are behind the scenes in regard to screening bags. Heck, if you are a smoker they even have smoking rooms for you (how many airports do that anymore?) It being empty is nice for the public but not so nice for airline profit. Maybe in time when the industry turns around UA and NW and the other carriers can pick up flights again.


Carpe Diem!
User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9236 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

Quoting Philly (Reply 9):
Heck, if you are a smoker they even have smoking rooms for you (how many airports do that anymore?)

I know PIT doesn't; the automated voice even says it's strictly non-smoking... yeah, so if you want to smoke, you have to go thru security to go outside, ugh, then come back in, redo the whole security shit, aaagh...

But... for me, I don't smoke, and would not even take an 11 foot post near a cigarette!!! Let's see, I am already a type1 diabetic... The last thing I need is to put myself at high-risk for emphesima, throat and lung cancer on top of all the other stuff I am at high risk for...

But yeah, again, I really hope that as the airline industry continues to rebound, that maybe MDT will too...



Do not bring stranger girt into your room. The stranger girt is dangerous, it will hurt your life.
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

I'm glad you had a good visit Steeler! I was great to be able to hang out with a fellow a.nutter!

Quoting Steeler83 (Thread starter):
Number 1, it's a very nice, new, modern facility. Very futuristic in appearance and up-to-date and very inviting.

 checkmark 

Quoting Steeler83 (Thread starter):
Number 2, of course, it is emmmmptyyyy!!!!

 checkmark  Sad, but true.

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 7):
feel MDT will turn around when they can land a LCC.

 checkmark  we will continue to keep our fingers crossed!

Quoting Philly (Reply 9):
It is a beautiful airport and I think it is very passenger friendly

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Steeler and I had a blast. Had a great lunch and tour of the facility.

But Steeler forgot to mention the special visitor we saw on Tuesday. While eating lunch, Steeler caught a glimpse of something big zooming past the window. He knew it was military, but didn't see what it was. After finishing lunch, we hurried up to the observation deck and were treated to a KC135 doing touch and go and a few fly bys! That was an awesome sight, to see that big old 707 showing us that she's still got the stuff! Awesome!

If you catch it on the right day, MDT see a good bit of military traffic. I have seen C5's, KC135, and KC10's doing transitions (thanks to BatonOps, for explaining what transitions are, LOL!). With it's light traffic and 10001ft runway, it's a perfect place for the military to work from. Besides, with the ANG being at MDT, C130's are a common, yet exciting treat as well!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7555 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Thread starter):
NW DC9, either a 10

Northwest has not had a DC-9-10 in over a year.


I used to fly into MDT once or twice a year, but I have not been back for a few years, I think it was before 9/11, I know the last time I was there it was still the old terminal they were using. It was always fun when American and Northwest had departures at the same time, I keep remembering people that were flying AA got on an NW plane.



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineAAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

I'm a native of Harrisburg, was just there last week visiting family, and was compelled to drive by MDT one night while there. I've used the airport many times, traveling through each of its now three terminals over the last 30+ years.

While everyone seems to believe the savior of MDT is going to be an LCC, I'm not so sure that is necessary for the airport to survive and return to previous levels of activity. It is the airlines who have downsized a/c capacity, slowly but surely, going from mainline to regional jets. MDT isn't unique here, as this has happened in countless US markets. What I think is the true culprit is the interstate/highway system, and the proximity to PHL/BWI/IAD, and the LARGE and growing presence of LCCs there. All 3 of these airports will soon have Southwest & AirTran, and jetBlue is at IAD already, so it will have all 3 LCC majors operating there. None of these airports are more than 2hr away from MDT, depending upon traffic conditions. People's incessant need/desire for a nonstop flight on a big plane is what is driving them to those airports in record numbers. I actually believe fare is secondary. People BELIEVE that they can't get anywhere from MDT, and that it's going to be on a paper plane, something tiny and less than acceptable.

If more Central Pennsylvanian's took into account what it costs them to drive to those airports, park there, and sometimes even stay overnight in an airport hotel, maybe they'd wake up and start making more travel sense (fly HIA). Let's not even talk about the time wasted doing so. I know people who have friends who live near these other airports and they are always willing to let them stay there or leave the car and drive them to the airport. I am so independent I'd rather not inconvenience people that way, even if they offer, and have declined in the past. If it's about that, why not fly from home and have someone local take you to the airport, saving cost on gas, wear & tear, parking, and TIME. Another deterrant is those same local residents advising visiting friends and family to fly into one of those other airports instead of MDT, and offering to pick them up. I don't think so! lol That would not be me making that offer, because it's crazy to do so, but many do. We're talking literally hundreds of thousands of passengers annually are lost this way.

The Airport has to figure out how to begin to change the mindset of those who already are its core market. That is the problem! Central PA is NOT growing by leaps and bounds, and will not again in our lifetime (that's my belief). It's heyday is largely over, much as it is for most of the rust belt. Lots of locals have conditioned themselves to not even give MDT a thought, much less a try. Saving $100 or less on a ticket is not worth the drive out of town, yet many times I'd bet the fare difference is no more than that. Sure, there are times when it is more, much more, and those are hard calls to make. At times, I'm sure even I would make the drive down the road if it meant saving hundreds. But having lived in a market with comparable service to MDT for over 9yrs, I found that with proper planning, I almost always was able to get a satisfactory itinerary and fare, and that was without the presence of a LCC. There was an airport with tons of Southwest service just 75mi away, and I only flew out of there 3x in 9yrs, and only once on Southwest. Our airport also lost hundreds of thousands of annual travelers to that airport, but it was/is still able to continue growing service and passenger traffic. More in that community seem to value the available air service than those in the MDT area, and that is very unfortunate.

I think the HIA terminal is beautiful, absolutely! But it is incredibly expensive to operate and pay the debt, and that has to be passed on to the tenants who occupy the building. Allegiant chose not to serve MDT because of the high costs of operation, and went to Portsmouth, NH instead. I honestly believe that this terminal was built too soon, and that it will be a tough stretch in the next couple of years, unless usage begins to increase. It seems to me that it is too big, far more than what is needed. Fred Testa built it to be his homage to Central PA, just like he did in Manchester, NH. He even got the SARAA board to agree to the 4-gate extension being added during initial construction vs at a later date. Those gates are probably almost NEVER used, in the 2yrs since the building opened. The difference between the two terminals is that Southwest is serving MHT, basically running the airport and its traffic, and it is highly doubtful that it will ever serve MDT.

Figure out how to change the mindset of the local residents and visitors, give/create some sort of real incentive both for passengers (parking rebates or something, informing them of fare sales, etc.) and airlines (breaks on landing fees and marketing funds for new service), and develop some sort of tri-county regional business coalition to promote the use of MDT over other airports (if it doesn't already exist), and maybe things will begin to slowly change for the better. The new DFW service is a start, but much more needs to happen to start a positive track record.

AAflyguy


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 13):
If more Central Pennsylvanian's took into account what it costs them to drive to those airports, park there, and sometimes even stay overnight in an airport hotel, maybe they'd wake up and start making more travel sense (fly HIA).



Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 13):
The Airport has to figure out how to begin to change the mindset of those who already are its core market.[/quote}

[quote=AAflyguy,reply=13]Figure out how to change the mindset of the local residents and visitors, give/create some sort of real incentive both for passengers (parking rebates or something, informing them of fare sales, etc.) and airlines (breaks on landing fees and marketing funds for new service)

AAflyguy, you have hit the nail on the head here. This is the same thing I have been saying. I can't tell you how many people I speak to who say, "Oh, MDT is just too exspensive, so I go to BWI." Then I tell them how my trip to SEA was $150 cheaper out of MDT on UA than out of BWI on WN! Then they look at me and go, "Really?" Well, duh! You have a computer, USE IT!!!!!
Research people, research!

Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 13):
That is the problem! Central PA is NOT growing by leaps and bounds, and will not again in our lifetime

Not exactly true, at least in York Co. York Co has seen one of the largest population increases in the last 10 years then most counties in the state. Central Pa is also the fastest growing region, in the state.

Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 13):
and develop some sort of tri-county regional business coalition to promote the use of MDT over other airports (if it doesn't already exist),

It does. The state has a program called "I Fly Pa." You can look at it here:
http://www.iflypa.com/

It promotes the use of Pa's regional airport, and shows comparisons of how using these airports can actually save time and money.
They need to more heavily promote this though.

AAflyguy, I am always impressed with your knowledge. I would welcome you to my RU list, but it seems you are already on it! LOL!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineAAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Russ,

Thanks for adding me, and attempting a 2nd time, to your RU List! I'm honored..lol..very cool!

I wish my mind was functioning properly prior to my recent visit home. I'd definitely like to meet you sometime. I'll make it a priority before my next trip to the Burg. Thanks for your insight. Being right there in the market itself, it is far more informative than what I can get being somewhat of an outsider now (haven't lived there since '91).

I'll be lurking around on a regular basis on this site, so our paths will cross time and again, and eventually in person. Take care!

AAflyguy


User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2313 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 8):
Then again, they said the same thing about another abandoned old terminal... This one, as a matter of fact...

Yea that was a sad day when they tore the terminal down. I miss that old terminal.

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 10):
Quoting Philly (Reply 9):
Heck, if you are a smoker they even have smoking rooms for you (how many airports do that anymore?)

I know PIT doesn't; the automated voice even says it's strictly non-smoking... yeah, so if you want to smoke, you have to go thru security to go outside, ugh, then come back in, redo the whole security shit, aaagh...

Actually some of the food vendors (I believe the Sam Adams Pub and Fridays?) do offer a smoking section. At least one used to back when I worked for DL there (left in march).

Anywho good remark about the Mili traffic at MDT, I always see some whenever im zipping by on the turnpike. If they could land Southwest, JetBlue, or maybe even a 318 from Frontier, that would be great for that great little airport. Hope they get some more service!


-ATCT



"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 750 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

I spoke with a friend of mine that works at MDT (civilian side) today. Here are a few things I learned...

-If the old terminal doesn't find a tenant by fall it will be torn down.

-The FBO (Aero Services) has changed owners. It is now AvFlight Harrisburg. They would like to add some hangers...and most likely those would go on the old terminal ramp.

-Still no word on CQ Air.

-Representatives from B6 where in town in July. More talks are planned for August.

I know...I know... The B6 comment will probably bring some good feedback from people on the forum. I know that a lot of cities talk to B6...but you never know.

Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 13):
Allegiant chose not to serve MDT because of the high costs of operation, and went to Portsmouth, NH instead. I honestly believe that this terminal was built too soon, and that it will be a tough stretch in the next couple of years, unless usage begins to increase. It seems to me that it is too big, far more than what is needed. Fred Testa built it to be his homage to Central PA, just like he did in Manchester, NH. He even got the SARAA board to agree to the 4-gate extension being added during initial construction vs at a later date. Those gates are probably almost NEVER used,

True statemant about G4. They said the costs are too high to operate out of MDT. Too bad...we could really use the service to SFB.

The 4 gate extension is only used during the AM push. All but one gate is used at night for RON's. They are used when MDT has charter flights.


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 17):
I know...I know... The B6 comment willrnprobably bring some good feedback from people on the forum.

I for one, will not. I will reserve any comments about B6 until there is something other than speculation to talk about.

Another bit of MDT news for those caffeine junkies, like me, Starbucks is coming to MDT!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 750 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

Oh yeah...I forgot to mention that Starbucks will be opening within the next two weeks. The only downside is that it is past security screening. So...the only way to get a good cup of coffee is to be arriving/departing MDT.

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3424 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 8):
do any airlines serve BOS?

Piedmont (US) on the mighty dash. Don't worry, you'll have plenty of room, the flight will be empty.



When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3054 times:

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 19):
The only downside is that it is past security screening. So...the only way to get a good cup of coffee is to be arriving/departing MDT

That sucks!
Too bad they can't locate it so that it could be served from both sides. Or, as an alternative, they should allow the counter at Hudson News to take orders and have them sent up to the Hudson counter. I think that would make good sense, since it would give Starbucks the ability to sell coffee to those waiting in the rocking chairs for passengers on arriving flights!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 750 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3047 times:

I think Hudson sells their own coffee. Plus you have McDonalds selling hot and iced coffee. I do like your idea Russ...but doubtful it will happen.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9236 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 14):
Not exactly true, at least in York Co. York Co has seen one of the largest population increases in the last 10 years then most counties in the state. Central Pa is also the fastest growing region, in the state.

I agree with that as well. Lancaster County population INCREASED by 20,000 people over the period of 10 years from 1990-1999...

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 22):
Plus you have McDonalds selling hot and iced coffee.

Um, frankly, I'd rather go right on over to the Susquehanna River and drink out of THAT!!! Sorry, but it's nowhere NEAR Starbucks or Seattle's Best IMO  Wink

Quoting Doug_Or (Reply 20):
Piedmont (US) on the mighty dash. Don't worry, you'll have plenty of room, the flight will be empty.

Then I suppose it would be a chaffeur, as opposed to a pilot, flying it? Sounds more like "air limosine service"  Smile

-minus the champagne and chardonnay Sad



Do not bring stranger girt into your room. The stranger girt is dangerous, it will hurt your life.
User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 13):
People's incessant need/desire for a nonstop flight on a big plane is what is driving them to those airports in record numbers. I actually believe fare is secondary. People BELIEVE that they can't get anywhere from MDT, and that it's going to be on a paper plane, something tiny and less than acceptable.

If more Central Pennsylvanian's took into account what it costs them to drive to those airports, park there, and sometimes even stay overnight in an airport hotel, maybe they'd wake up and start making more travel sense (fly HIA). Let's not even talk about the time wasted doing so.

If you're flying to an overseas destination, say on UA, you can get a very good deal - basically the MDT-IAD segment is free. Convenience is good (especially the benefit of clearing security + passport in sleepy MDT). Timewise, it's a tossup, especially on the way back: After a European flight, waiting at a dismal "little" gate at IAD, you can't help thinking:"If I'd parked here, I'd be in Frederick by now."

If you're flying from MDT to a regional US airport the ticket prices are very high, and it definitely makes sense to drive to IAD, BWI, PHL or EWR.

AAflyguy, that was a great post.



I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
25 777DadandJr : This is so ture, even on domestic travel. For example, I went to Chicago back in June. To fly on UA from MDT-ORD, the price was about $350. I chose t
26 BatonOps : The airport has approached many of the airlines in attempts to lower the fares. I'm flying to LAS over Labor Day weekend and found the fares out of MD
27 Steeler83 : Which city are you connecting through to get to LAS?
28 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : MDT is a beautiful airport. I have family there, so I try to go 2 times a year. I usually go SAN-IAD-MDT. The IAD-MDT leg is only about 20 minutes air
29 Post contains images Steeler83 : Maybe 777Dad and myself will drop by to welcome you as you leave the gate area. Perhaps BatonOps would care to join us and we all could go on over to
30 727LOVER : What happened with Airtran?
31 777DadandJr : Sad story. All was in the works for Airtran to start service from MDT. The day before the announcement was to be made public, Airtran backed out. Tha
32 BatonOps : PIT on the way out and PHL on the way back. I try to avoid PHL as much as possible but I had little choice this time around. Three days prior to the
33 Steeler83 : Damn, too bad you couldn't do PIT both times... Oh well... Ok, now I am just pissed at FL for doing that. That's like standing up your date for the p
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