BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2014 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3947 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
ORD- MDW or GYY
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
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.
Misbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3773 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):
Just about 2 hours away you also have:
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!
MKENut From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3697 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.