SuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 863 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3508 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?
AirportPlan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3484 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.