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Why Is ATL So Expensive Compared To ORD  
User currently offlineSuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 819 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3147 times:

Everybody goes back and forth on which airport is the busiest: ATL or ORD. In the end it depends on how you define busiest (number of passengers or number of take-offs/landings). But this is the mystery I don't get: Why is ATL so much more expensive to fly out of than ORD?

Take ATL-LAX vs. ORD-LAX. On average, I find that ATL is $100 more than ORD (which is about 33%). They are similar in distance (1940nm vs 1740nm). I would imagine they are similar on demand. I would further imagine they are similar in supply - with adequate competition (ATL = DL, FL - ORD = AA, UA). So what's the difference?


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User currently offlineAirportPlan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3123 times:

You answered part of you own question. ORD has more competition. Two hub carriers (AA/UA) v.s. one (DL). This fact creates much more price competition. In addition one of WN's largest hub (MDW) is only ten miles away. This creates on of the most compeative markets in the US.

User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3119 times:

WN being down the road from ORD helps drive down prices on competiting services.

Down in ATL, Delta competes with AirTran on the route, and usually their fares are on-par, with r/t U tix going for $400 bucks (at least on DL).

And amazingly, they're usually full, and that's with Delta on a typical day operating 6 767-300s, 1 767-400ER, 1 777-200ER and 2 757-200s...

[Edited 2007-06-23 17:19:09]


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User currently offlineSuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 819 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3108 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 2):
Chicago-LAX also has WN service (MDW-LAX) which adds to the competition.

Ahh, I forgot about the WN @ MDW. That would probably explain it. I was just thinking the AA/UA vs DL/FL competition would "cancel" each other out, but I forgot about WN.

I am sure DL (and to a lesser extent FL) wouldn't like it, but Fulton County needs to get going with their second airport as the FAA recommends. But that is a whole other tread  Wink



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User currently offlineSuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 819 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3081 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 2):
Down in ATL, Delta competes with AirTran on the route, and usually their fares are on-par, with r/t U tix going for $400 bucks (at least on DL).

That's usually what I find as well. Where as ORD-LAX is in the $300 range.



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User currently offlineAirportPlan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 3017 times:

Quoting SuseJ772 (Reply 3):
Ahh, I forgot about the WN @ MDW. That would probably explain it. I was just thinking the AA/UA vs DL/FL competition would "cancel" each other out, but I forgot about WN.

FL at ATL does not compare to AA/UA at ORD. FL operations are just a drop in the bucket at ATL v.s. DLs. AT ORD AA and UA generally match flights in most markets on a one for one basis.


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