United787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2503 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1756 times:
If Rockford becomes the "third" Chicago airport and gets some more carriers, I would doubt that Dubuque would be able to get another carrier. If I lived in Dubuque and could drive 1.5 hours to Rockford to get a direct flight, I would do that over having to fly from Dubuque and connect at ORD.
I think a part of the success of Rockford is the US 20 corridor Dubuque, Galena, and Freeport.
Thoughts? Or would most flights out of Rockford have to connect at a major Hub anyway?
CIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2146 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1732 times:
Quoting United787 (Reply 3): Thoughts? Or would most flights out of Rockford have to connect at a major Hub anyway?
I would still think that most RFD flights would be through hubs. I personally don't think it will ever have an array of flights like MDW or ORD. It would probably be similar to what ISP is to the NYC area, some point to point but mostly hub flying. Also, DBQ faces regional competition within an hour and a half drive to MLI, CID and MSN, all linked togther by major 4 lanes roads, so RFD is not the only option, and I don't think highway 20 is even completed to 4 lanes east of Galena. DBQ is only 72 miles from CID, 70 miles to MLI, 94 miles to MSN and 91 miles to RFD, so CID and MLI are actually the closest alternative airports.
CIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2146 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1540 times:
Quoting Iowaman (Reply 5): Very unlikely IMO. RST couldn't support DFW service even though they are a significantly larger market, and STL/MSP seems like a long shot to me.
yeah I guess would probably have to agree with you. DBQ is probably lucky to have all jet service on AA to ORD. Similar, and larger markets in Iowa like ALO and SUX have mainly prop service and an occasional RJ. DBQ is probably just too close to other bigger airports to get any more service.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1903 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1517 times:
As previously posted, the proximity to MLI, CID, and MSN, makes additional service unlikely, and the population south of Dubuque is greater than that to the north, making CID and MLI even more convenient. DBQ is not a growing area, and has never had much service, even before deregulation, Ozark was the only carrier, since the Braniff pulled out in the early 50's.