NW747-400 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2785 times:
I have been to several very small International Airports where you are lucky to find anything bigger than a Dash 8. Why are these called International Airports. Newport News/Williamsburg is like this and they only have 15 or 20 flights on a busy day.
Stlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
I know what you mean, Another is here in Birmingham Alabama. Even though it is bigger than Williamsburg, they have the title of a "International" airport. I know our case here they have the capacity for international flights, things such as customs, long enough runway for large aircraft and also jetways that are large enough. It would be the stupidest thing in the world if a large international carrier to start flying scheduled service here because there might be 10 people flying out of here. I think most of the time it just sounds good "wow were flying into an international airport" but when they get here they realize that the largest thing on the ground is a 737 or a DC-9. It might be good in the case of a charter that flew direct from another country but that is the most praticle use i could think of.
FlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2679 times:
I think that when an airport establishes an immigration station and has the capabilities of handling international operations, be it scheduled or charter, they are dubbed an international airport. There are a large number of small airport in the midwest and northeast that are considered international, yet do not have scheduled or connecting international service. I guess the fact that an airport can support international flights by being able to offer customs and immigration services allows it to be dubbed international.
Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
I've always gotten a kick out of small airports calling themselves international.
Here in Hartford, Bradley International Airport can be a stretch, but we have regularly scheduled service to Canada (Air Ontario to Toronto and Air Alliance to Montreal), plus Mexican and Caribbean charters and a weekly 747 cargo flight to Luxembourg.
Not much, but not bad, being squeezed between Boston and New York. It's an interesting site when JFK or BOS are shut down because of weather. We regularly see the Concorde land here, plus lots of 747-400s from Asia, during thunderstorms or snow storms. The problem is, after they land, they just sit on the tarmac.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8115 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2660 times:
It's such a cute thing to do, who are trying to impress? Most US airports have some international traffic if an executive jet from Canada once every two months and a few DC9 charters a year to Cancun or Antigua count. But notice that the big airports have no such illusions: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Charles de Gualle, Washington Dulles, none of these are 'international'. Houston, being Texan went one further, HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL. Far out! But from the sublime to the ridiculous, they are now George Bush International.
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Ansett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2658 times:
From the original post it was said 15-20 flights a day.. on small aircraft,
Cape Town International has only about 3-6 per day! But large aircraft: 767, A330 and 747... SQ, ML, BA, SAA, AF, SR, etc...
FLYGUY From Canada, joined May 1999, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2641 times:
The smallest international airport that I've been to is in Bellingham, Washington which is about 20 miles south of Vancouver, BC. You rarely see anything bigger than a Horizon Dash-8 or a United EMB. I remember seeing a BAE 146 there about 6 years ago with charter service to LAX, but that doesn't happen anymore.
I think this airport is called international because of it's service to Victoria, BC. This would only be a 20 minute flight anyways! It's sort of a joke why they would call it "International." People just laugh at the sign when they see "Bellingham International Airport."