FlyTPA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2430 times:
How fascinating to see how air traffic has changed over the years! MCO and ORL are similar to TPA and PIE. I'm still amazed that there was so much of the same types of commercial air service in and out of both TPA and PIE over the years. Now, PIE has a niche market and does well with it. At least they haven't lost service all together.
Would you be able to post what service we had over here in the Tampa Bay area? The oldest OAG that I have was from the mid 1980s and I was always surprised to see that they had 3 airports listed under Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater-TPA, PIE and SPG. SPG is Albert Whitted field in downtown St. Petersburg. The fact that it's even listed seems to indicate that there might have been commercial service there once-upon-a-time. Is there anything listed?
Signore e signori-benvenuti a bordo questo volo per l'Italia!
WTD = West End, MSH = Marsh Harbour, HBI = Harbour Island
Quoting FlyTPA (Reply 6): what service we had over here in the Tampa Bay area?
I'll get to that in a couple days.
Quoting FlyTPA (Reply 6): SPG is Albert Whitted field in downtown St. Petersburg.
I'm no expert on Florida, but I'm guessing Whitted never had scheduled airlines. It's not in the 1962, and I don't remember it in any others.
There were one or two more FLL flights -- NW Electras that originated in MIA and weren't shown among the FLL arrivals (meaning NW wasn't allowed to ticket passengers MIA-FLL?). One went all the way to Edmonton, four days a week.
ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
Quoting Timz (Reply 9): meaning NW wasn't allowed to ticket passengers MIA-FLL?).
Yes they did.
That short flight across town , as it were, was fun and scenic. It was a rare trip that anyone even bothered to raise the gear.
On the northbound leg (Flight 703),the stop at FLL was brief and usually #4 was kept turning.
There was almost always a pretty good load going over to TPA and the leg between TPA and ATL served a great luncheon and was usually full.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"