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Busiest Regional Airport?  
User currently offlineJet13 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 111 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9847 times:

Hello guys and gals,
I am wondering what is the busiest regional airport in the US? Put all of your thoughts here. Anything is greatly appreciated. Thanks- Nick

P.S- Mods this is all I can say, sorry for having a short question, Thanks again.


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User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3817 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9851 times:

Whats your definition of regional?

User currently offlineTheGMan From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 670 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9814 times:



Quoting Kcrwflyer (Reply 1):
Whats your definition of regional?

Yeah, really?

No mainline service at all?


User currently offlineJet13 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9800 times:

Like non-busy airport. Not like MSP, ORD, ATL,MIA, etc... More like FSD, TEB, DDA, RAP, LNK.


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User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3817 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9735 times:

You still need to set some sort of cutoff line. There are plenty of large airports that aren't hubs.

User currently offlineHestaman From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9717 times:

This sort of seems a pointless excercise to me... but if you are speaking of US airports... somewhere there is a complete spreadsheet put out by the Department of Transportation detailing all US airports. This can be sorted in all different ways and you can include or exclude however many airports you so desire. I don't have a link to the spreadsheet, but I'd be surprised if somebody here can't do the job for you...

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9699 times:

I would call SDF a regional, non-top tier airport and it is pretty busy. LIT might also meet that title, or OKC.

Where would your rank BOI or ABQ / regional or hub ?


User currently offlineHestaman From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9685 times:

Everybody will list regional airports close to where they live. Me - I'm close to GEG which is much busier than the previous airport I lived close to (HRL). However... all is meaningless and quite subjective without actual DOT numbers.

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3826 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9536 times:

I don't know what the busiest regional airport is, but if you want to get an idea of where your airport ranks within 838 US airports, you can go here:

http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp

If your home airport is a major hub, you can choose it from that drop-down list near the top of the page on the right hand side. If your home airport is smaller, then click on that blue link directly underneath the drop-down list that says "show all airports (by state)"

That opens a new window and all airports are listed alphabetically by state. Find your home airport, click on it and wait for the new page to come up.

That page will have lots of info like the airports overall rank ( defined by number of passengers); top five carriers and their respective market shares; total passengers (U.S. Flights, in millions) from 2002 through 2009 as well as some other stuff.

Note though, that international passengers are NOT included in the passenger totals, but most "regional" airports (depending on your definition) have little, if any international service.

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9517 times:

Isn't DFW known as "Dallas / Ft. Worth Regional Airport"? The TRACON goes by the callsign "Regional Approach".


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User currently offlineBooDog From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9364 times:



Quoting Jhooper (Reply 9):
Isn't DFW known as "Dallas / Ft. Worth Regional Airport"? The TRACON goes by the callsign "Regional Approach".

It was called DFW regional when it opened. It changed to DFW international sometime in the 1980's. (1986-1987 I think?)



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User currently offlineThegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9180 times:



Quoting Jet13 (Reply 3):
Like non-busy airport.

My man are you serious?



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User currently offlineBigSaabowski From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9163 times:



Quoting Jet13 (Reply 3):
Like non-busy airport.

So you want to know the busiest non-busy airport?


User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 8999 times:

How about an airport that can't be defined by any US airline as a hub or focus city?

User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25311 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8887 times:

As a sidenote, ranking of Canadian airport movements (all types, airline, private, training, corporate etc.) for the month of March 2009 below. First table includes the 41 airports with NavCan control towers, and the 2nd table the 52 airports with Flight Service Stations only. There are of course many other uncontrolled airports. Airports are in alphabetical order but the ranking is shown in the first column. Also shows the busiest hour during the month (and the date that occurred), and the busiest day of the month in the middle section.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/51-007-x/2009003/t008-eng.htm
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/51-007-x/2009003/t020-eng.htm


User currently offlineDLDTW1962 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7892 times:

PIT ... They have very little main line flights....

Chuck


User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6685 times:

I would say MDW. While you could argue the definition of regional airport, the shortish runways limit MDW from having intercontinental flights. So I think you could call it a regional, as opposed to a global airport.

User currently offlineSlcdeltarumd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

I think this totally depends on what you feel is a "regional airport"


I know this is all personal option but i cant see MDW as a "regional airport" i also dont see LGA as one. FAI, ACY, RAP, PSC, BOI, COS, SCE, FAT feel like "regional airports" to me

COS i do feel is a regional airport. Probably fairly busy too. Serving a smaller city metro area i personally feel is a requirement. Fargo would meet this quality NYC and Chicago do not.

Again even this is tricky because technically COS the city itself has more people than SLC but metro area and regional importance SLC is much larger and i cant see as a regional airport


User currently offlineDingDong From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6049 times:



Quoting Jet13 (Reply 3):
Like non-busy airport. Not like MSP, ORD, ATL,MIA, etc... More like FSD, TEB, DDA, RAP, LNK.

So, in other words, not a Class B airport, but more of Class C or D?



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User currently offlineFloorrunner From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5839 times:

I would consider DCA and LGA regional airports just because of the fact that they are restricted by the perimeter rules. And they are very busy airports.

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

Reno - (RNO). That has to be the answer since its the "World's Largest Small City".

User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

CO, AE, DL, and AC only operate RJs at MKE and I think DL's only mainline flight is a RON MD-80. US has two Airbus a day to PHX but other than that its CRJs to CLT and PHL. It also doesn't help that YX has slashed their 717 fleet and now the place is buzzing with their CRJs/ERJs.


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User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

Oshkosh.

It may only be really really busy for a week or so a year.... But few airports can be as busy and it clearly a regional airport no matter what your definition.

Also, it gets the most amazing mix of aircraft of all sizes. How many other airports in the world have seen even a fraction of the planes that have flown to and from Oshkosh....

[Edited 2009-05-11 04:58:00]

User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1470 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Personally I would define a regional as an airport serving a metro area under a certain figure (ie. Under 500k inhabitants or so) and the aerodrome facilities regardless of whether they receive mainline jets or not. In fact here in Australia there is MCY which no longer has anything smaller then a 737-700 but retains the characteristics of a regional airport and serves a city of under 300k inhabitants. I consider this a regional airport despite not receiving regional aircraft. But having said that the term "regional airport" is such a broad term it could be interpreted in several different ways. So IMHO there isn't really a definitive "busiest regional airport"

As for MDW and LGA I don't see these as regional airports but rather Secondary airports as they aren't the international gateway but serve the metro areas of Chicago and New York respectively which are by no means small cities.




Vhq.

[Edited 2009-05-11 07:07:11]


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User currently offlineContrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5310 times:

I'm going with KPIT. I just came back from there and all you got is one huge airport with a lot of regional jets getting pumped out of there. Boy they weren't kidding when people on here said KPIT was dying out.


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25 Post contains links GentFromAlaska : Here is the FAA calender year 2007 busiest airports for pax boardings. Its a little over a year old but does not change that much year over year. CY20
26 Thestooges : How about the airport that sees the most passengers with no mainline service . . .
27 MMEPHX : thanks for that list, interesting read. But from that list I'd say Sacramento is the largest regional airport, as everything above is either a recogn
28 Nkops : Give it a little more time, it might be CVG...
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