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Viable Alternatives To Major Hubs In The USA  
User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1990 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

I never understood the purpose of using alternate airports like DAL vs. DFW or HOU vs. IAH. They are the same markets and the only real advantage is lower costs of landing there. Nonetheless, many airlines, usually LCCs, avoid these major hubs like the plague. Here are my list of alternates for each major hub:

BOS- PVD, MHT or maybe PSM since it worked well for SX
NYC- ISP, SWF, HPN, or TTB if your plane is small enough
PHL- TTN, ILG, or Allentown
WAS- BWI
ORD- MDW or GYY
CVG- DAY
CLE- CAK
TPA- PIE
MCO- SFB
MIA- FLL, PBI
MSP- St. Cloud
DFW- DAL or McKinney due to the restrictions
IAH- HOU or Elligton
SFO- SJC, OAK, or maybe even SMF for Napa Valley
LAX- BUR, LGB, ONT for further away
PHX- The one Allegiant is using
LAS- Any alternates?
SLC- Any alternates? You probably don't need one.
STL- Mid-Continental Airport

Any others you might want to add (or subtract)?


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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10427 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3054 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Thread starter):
SLC- Any alternates? You probably don't need one.

Nothing even remotely close.



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User currently offlineZululima From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 323 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2993 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Thread starter):
the only real advantage is lower costs of landing there.

Also, more convenient location (e.g., closer to downtown, etc), less congestion (in terms of taxi times, parking, security checks, etc.), and many others I'm sure I'm forgetting.



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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2977 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Thread starter):
STL- Mid-Continental Airport

I doubt you meant Wichita,KS (ICT). lol. I assume you meant MidAmerica (BLV).



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User currently offlineTN757Flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2955 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Thread starter):
BOS- PVD, MHT or maybe PSM since it worked well for SX

PVD and MHT are good alternatives for Boston. As for PSM, yes we see how well it worked out for Skybus. Not the best of examples, but the other two, yes very viable.

Until (and unlikely) the USA gets a truly inter-modal transportation system, out of the way airports will never completely catch on. This is partly a reason why SX did not make it. Many European airports served by Ryanair or other LCC's as "alternative" airports have either rail system or public transport systems on the airport or reasonably close nearby to the cities they "serve". The idea may be OK for leisure travelers, but it will never work for business travelers who don't have a couple extra hours to spend getting to alternative airports. The idea has merit, our infrastructure sadly does not support it.


User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2942 times:



Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 3):
I doubt you meant Wichita,KS (ICT). lol. I assume you meant MidAmerica (BLV).

Yeah, I meant BLV.

Quoting TN757Flyer (Reply 4):
PVD and MHT are good alternatives for Boston. As for PSM, yes we see how well it worked out for Skybus. Not the best of examples, but the other two, yes very viable.

PSM has bus service to Boston on C&J Trailways, which partnered with Skybus. I think there might have been a shuttle from the airport to where you picked up the bus.

I forgot to add alternates to ATL. I guess I'll throw in MCN as an alternative, but maybe there is one that could support a smaller plane and is closer?



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User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 5):
I forgot to add alternates to ATL. I guess I'll throw in MCN as an alternative, but maybe there is one that could support a smaller plane and is closer?

There are several airports well within 2 hours drive of downtown (on an average day):

Athens, GA
Columbus, GA
Chattanooga, TN
Macon, GA

Just about 2 hours away you also have:

Greenville, SC
Augusta, GA
Birmingham, AL
Montgomery, AL


And all have existing commercial service. Hell, all except Athens have service to ATL or other cities (AHN is served by US through CLT). Now, if anyone would consider these alternatives to ATL is a whole other story. I certainly wouldn't!

[Edited 2008-04-10 11:56:21]

User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1398 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2842 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Thread starter):
ORD- MDW or GYY

For the north Chicagoland area, MKE or even Rockford can work.

Quoting BOStonsox (Thread starter):
MSP- St. Cloud

For St. Paul and the southern metro, Rochester.

They're each a bit of a reach, though.

-Mike



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User currently offlineMKENut From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 699 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Right now GYY doesn't have any regular passenger service so I would keep them off the list until someone decides to give GYY a fighting chance. MKE as a third airport for Chicago would be my first pick... of course my opinion is biased.  Smile

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