TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 649 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
With Allegiant pretty much pushing ORD aside for a possible focus city and hinting at a service decline at the airport, does anyone see RFD eventually losing all its air service and going "dormant" like it did in the 90's?
For a while there when UA had service to DEN, Aleigant was building up destinations, and and the proposed airline that would be based at RFD was in the works Rockford seemed like it was finally on the up and up. At the time RFD was putting out press relased like crazy talking about the airports future growth ... but now nothing (seems kind of telling to me).
MetJetCEO From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
I think the demand will always be there for flights. The locals will do what it takes to keep service there too. If I am not mistaken they held a fundraiser that raised the $250K to get Pace there...which in my opinion is what started the growth.
Although RFD has huge reverse leakage potential from MKE and ORD, the war at MKE is grabbing too much traffic from RFD. And since YX and FL are hubbing at MKE with intentions to expand, plus WN now there, too, we could see a massive fare war break out shortly. G4 doesn't like big, bad fare wars, and will pull out of a city if there's a fare war at surrounding airports.
I hope the citizens of Rockford like fly-by-night public charters, as that's what they might get instead of Allegiant if they keep using MKE instead of RFD.
I don't work for FWA, their tenants, or their ad agency. But I still love FWA.
ElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
RFD keeps trying to be "Chicago's 3rd Airport" but it's never gonna happen. It's too far away and in the wrong direction from where the traffic a 3rd would serve is. It's 4-5 times further from downtown than ORD, which you have to drive past to get to. The case for a 3rd airport is much better made for GYY or Peotone (regardless of your opinion of THAT debate) as most of the growth in the metro area is to the South/Southwest.
RFD would be much better off by admitting they're not Chicago and make the case for reasonable service for the local area. G4 obviously seems to be a good fit, but it's also directly in between ORD which is obviously a major hub, and MLI which despite being a "regional" market, still has a good amount of service including MCO from FL. The overlap from either one isn't that big, but between both of them (and to an extent, MSN to the north) it does shrink the area they have to work with a bit. Allegiant works best in markets they control entirely, and while that's mostly true in this case, there is a lot of fringe that could go elsewhere. They don't like staying in a market if it isn't profitable, and that may just be the case here.
YXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2474 times:
There is just to many Airport's near by with strong competition to give RFD a fighting chance. ORD is 90 minutes to the southeast on I-90. MKE is 75 to 90 minutes to the northeast away on I-43, MSN just over and hour away to the north on I-90/39, then there is MLI to the west on US 20. I just don't even see it getting RJ or Prop service to service to ORD or MKE.
I miss the 60's & 70's when you felt like a guest on the plane not cattle like today
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1994 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2174 times:
Quoting YXwatcherMKE (Reply 7): There is just to many Airport's near by with strong competition to give RFD a fighting chance. ORD is 90 minutes to the southeast on I-90. MKE is 75 to 90 minutes to the northeast away on I-43, MSN just over and hour away to the north on I-90/39, then there is MLI to the west on US 20. I just don't even see it getting RJ or Prop service to service to ORD or MKE.
DBQ is west on US 20. MLI is SW on Illinois 2 or south on I-39 to Rochelle, and then W on I-88.
RFD, had never been a "major" airport. Even before deregulation, it was served by only BN and then OZ with a few flights a day. As was pointed out about, it is just too close to ORD and MKE with Interstate highways providing direct links. Rockford is similar to Macon, GA. Both are within 90 of the two largest hub airports in the USA, whereas MLI is a 165 drive to ORD or MDW, plus the Quad City area is larger than Rockford. Additionally, MLI serves an area that formerly had a number of other airline served airports, including CWI, SQI, and Galesburg, IL. Add those areas into the QC population, and the area served is quite large.
TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
I think it is time for the people at RFD to accept the fact that they will never be a major airport and that most people in Rockford will choose the cheaper option, even if it means driving to surrounding airports. I just don't see the potential at RFD.