Cre From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 884 times:
I was surprised to hear recently that MCI handles about 11 million pax a year, while MKE handles about 6 million yearly. Without much examination, I always figured the two cities were fairly similar in population size, business and daily flights - all the reason I'm wondering why MCI nearly doubles us here in MKE.
How much does the presence of low-fare carriers such as Southwest and Vanguard with their high-frequency flights contribute to MCI, whereas MKE really has no low-fare carrier here? Does Kansas City have lots on conventions etc? Although MKE apparently attracts 600,000 pax from northern Illinois, does ORD and MDW detract much from MKE. I'm sure all these factors and more play a role to some extent.
Vngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 850 times:
MCI is the only commercial airport in a fairly large radius unlike MKE. Yes, Kansas City does hold many conventions, partially because of its geographically central location in the US... I do not know any exact #'s or in comparison MKE's convention draw.
Lsjef From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 830 times:
Historically MCI was a big hub for transcontinental flights, while MKE was just a destination. With improved aircraft range and development at other hubs with larger populations, MCI has faded away somewhat. It is still very centrally located, though, and thus serves SWA well (e.g., the MCO-PDX route). In the last year, DAL pulled their trans-Pacific hub from PDX for similar reasons; improved range made Japan direct flights possible from DFW, ATL, JFK, etc., so why stop at PDX?
Another factor to consider was proximity to ORD, as mentioned. The Chicago political machine has been sucking money to ORD for so long that other airports like MKE, which could help alleviate delays/congestion at ORD, just sit there under-utilized. PFCs are helping to exacerbate this problem, but MKE will likely see real growth if common sense prevails to put a limit on ORD's growth.