Coerj From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 238 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
I was thinking, what are the chances that LAL in Lakeland, FL with grow to be a major airport (possibly a hub) for a low cost carrier?
I am quite aware that it is a secondary airport that does not feed directly to a specific major city. But many airlines (Especially LCCs) have looked past this with the following examples in the local area: PGD Punta Gorda (For Fort Myers) PIE St. Petersburg (For Tampa) and SFB Sanford (For Orlando).
With this at hand I sat down and mapped out the driving distances. LAL is 33 miles or 44 minutes from downtown Tampa. LAL is 52 miles or 1 hour and 7 minutes from Disney World. This is only five minutes longer of a drive, or 2 miles further than the drive from SFB.
Ultimately, I think an airline could easily market LAL as "Lakeland - Tampa/Orlando". This airport could easily serve both destinations, increasing the possible feed and yields. In addition, considering that the airport has no current airlines and just built a new terminal, I am sure operating costs are dirt cheap.
In addition the city of Lakeland/ Polk County actually has a sizable population that would add to the feed coming from Tampa and Orlando. The Census projects that the population for Polk county (which is Lakeland and its suburbs) in 2010 will be around 600,000 people. This is certainly a large population that could stabilize a customer base.
So clearly my dream airline would be starting up operations in LAL, but does anyone have an opinion whether this airport could be a viable option for an airline out there?
Smcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
I think with 4 airports serving the 2 cities already its over saturated. Yes, Disney could use more flights.... but Chicago lives on 2 airports, and they are much much bigger than the combined Tampa/Orlando area in terms of population.
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Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5447 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
Actually LAL to Disney is only about 40 miles or so? So that should only take 30-40 min so depending on crummy I-4 traffic. LAL is big enough, not sure if people in the MCO area would be willing to drive down there though. But it could be a good option for people just outside of TPA (bartow, lake wales, winter haven, zephrhills etc). PGD just still seems odd to me that it gets commercial service, at least LAL has more populated areas around it.
Sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1657 times:
From Flight Aware............Airport Information
A110-1 Extsv bird activity on and in vicinity of airport.
A110-11 Taxiway east unlighted between runway 27 and taxiway L.
A110-2 Taxiway D; taxiway P and taxiway L unlighted.
A110-6 Taxiway H; taxiway south and taxiway G west of taxiway A-4 dsgnd as non-movement areas.
A26 Closed to air carrier operations with more than 30 passenger seats except with 24 hr prior permission required please call airport manager 863-648-3299.
A81 When air traffic control tower closed HIRL runway 05/23 and HIRL runway 09/27 preset medium intensity. Activate MALSR runway 05 - CTAF. PAPI runways 05, 23, 09 and 27 oper cont.
Sacamojus From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 228 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
I would love to see LAL get service. It is very close to the most expanding part of Lakeland and is right down the road (literally) from the Polk Parkway. The Polk Parkway is a toll road that connects Lakeland to I4. It used to take me just 35 minutes of driving going from lakeland to USF using the Polk Parkway and I4 at 4:30 pm duing the week! Before the recession, Lakeland was growing like crazy with all sorts of businesses moving in. I believe that LAL is a great canditate for air traffic service whether it be an LLC or a regular carrier.
Maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 854 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
Just some ancient history, but I'm a native of Lakeland and remember when I was a kid when National Airlines flew there.
They were in Lakeland from 1934 to 1962, over the years using Lockheed Lodestars, Convairs
and the occasional DC-4/6 and even Electra toward the end. Just a stop between Tampa and Orlando. When the four lane Plant City Highway opened in the late 1950s you could drive to Tampa International much faster, which started the decline in traffic. I don't think it ever had over two flights a day in the first place.
Rampguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1442 times:
Quoting Smcmac32msn (Reply 1): I think with 4 airports serving the 2 cities already its over saturated. Yes, Disney could use more flights.... but Chicago lives on 2 airports, and they are much much bigger than the combined Tampa/Orlando area in terms of population.
Sacamojus From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 228 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1428 times:
I don't think that you can accurately compare MDW to SFB or PIE. SFB and PIE have limited services serving mostly secondary aiports where there is no connection opportunities. SFB and PIE are not business traveler friendly nor are they are good options for the people living in the I4 corridor.