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Ocala, Fl..... What Airport Do Pax Use?  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6608 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4877 times:

Ocala seems to have a steadily growing population, yet had no airline service. There are 3 airports that are relatively short distances: TPA, MCO, GNV.
What airport do most pax use? Also, what if there was a new airport between Gainesville & Ocala, say called Gainesville/Ocala Regional Airport. Would Ocala residents use it over TPA & MCO?


Guess it wouldn't matter if the airlines have such a fare diffetence compared to TPA&MCO.


Thoughts?


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User currently offlinefpetrutiu From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 901 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4874 times:

MCO. There are hourly shuttles (busses) to Ocala. I belive GNV has limited regional service, but MCO is what most of them use.

User currently offlineMCOGVADCA From China, joined Oct 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

Quoting fpetrutiu (Reply 1):
MCO. There are hourly shuttles (busses) to Ocala. I belive GNV has limited regional service, but MCO is what most of them use.

Correct. MCO gets the bulk of traffic because a) Gainesville's airport is not that much closer than MCO in terms of driving time (1 hour vs 1 1/2 hours) b) GNV has service to only three cities: ATL, CLT, and MIA, whereas MCO has service to many destinations and c) as a result of competition and the fact that it's a relatively low-yield market to begin with, MCO's fares are substantially cheaper than GNV.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

Quoting fpetrutiu (Reply 1):
MCO.

With TPA just a bit further and probably a less traffic-prone drive, why MCO over TPA? When I'm going places roughly equidistant from TPA and MCO, I almost always use TPA.



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User currently offlinefpetrutiu From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 901 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4760 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 3):
a less traffic-prone drive

I live in Orlando, sure you get the thousands of turists, but the airport is especially easy to get to from Ocala or Gainesville for that matter. As a matter of fact, there are daily busses that go from TPA to MCO to bring passengers. That must be a real thorn in TPA's behind too...


User currently offlineTomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 903 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4720 times:
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Long ago and far away Eastern flew Miami-Ocala-Gainesville-Tallahasee. First with Convairs, then Electras and then DC-9s.


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Quoting fpetrutiu (Reply 4):
but the airport is especially easy to get to from Ocala or Gainesville for that matter.

If the turnpike is quick, it's easy. If the turnpike is slow, it isn't - and in my experience at least, congestion on the turnpike is more common than on 75.



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User currently offlinefpetrutiu From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 901 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 6):
If the turnpike is quick, it's easy. If the turnpike is slow,

True, but lately, the turpike is 5 lanes across on both sides all through Orlando. It has been over a year since I had gotten stuch on the Turnpike. I live in Ocoee, getting on at SR50 and take it to I4 every day.


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 3):
With TPA just a bit further and probably a less traffic-prone drive, why MCO over TPA?

MCO also offers more destinations than TPA. And traffic fluctuates all the time so on some days it's easier to go to MCO.



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User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4253 times:

I lived in Gainesville for 26 years and have always used JAX or MCO. GNV is insanely over priced, forces you to go through a hub, and ASA is notorious for its delays (much better now though since they removed ATR's).

Bottom line, MCO...



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User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4111 times:
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I think there used to be a USAir Express service between MCO and Ocala. That same airline served MCO-Vero Beach.

User currently offlineMCOGVADCA From China, joined Oct 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4068 times:

Quoting gatorman96 (Reply 9):
I lived in Gainesville for 26 years and have always used JAX

I used JAX for the first time a few months ago (while living in Gainesville) and was pleasantly surprised with the convenience of the experience. Easy parking, minimal security, convenient checkin, etc. Unfortunately, it's a little far for those in Ocala, otherwise it would serve as a nice fourth option.



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User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 721 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4063 times:

My grandmother used to life in Inverness, FL, which is pretty close to Ocala. We used either TPA or MCO, depending on fares.


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User currently offlineRookinla From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 312 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 10):
I think there used to be a USAir Express service between MCO and Ocala. That same airline served MCO-Vero Beach.

That's true...the service was under the Allegheny Commuter banner. OCF, VRB and LAL were served from MCO. LAL was dropped first then OCF. VRB lasted some time longer and actually operated under US Air Express.

QH (Air Florida) also operated OCF-TPA and OCF-MIA as commuter ops.


User currently offlinezhiao From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3619 times:
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Thought they used the swamp boat port.

User currently offlinemilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2012 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

In the days of Martins, EA served OCF. GVL is the closest, but it doesn't have particularly good service either. MCO is more convenient. People complain of turnpike traffic but I-75 toward TPA is two lanes only in each direction south of the Turnpike cutoff, ie the Wildwood exit, and very congested. Then you have to take I-275 thru Tampa to get to the airport.

User currently offlineMI5Flyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2562 times:

I'm sure that it really depends on fares for the most part. As far as the drive times/ease of access between MCO/TPA I have to believe that MCO is the call. The turnpike has less traffic, less curves and in the Orlando area more lanes than I-75 south of Wildwood. That stretch of I-75 is one of the most antiquated, unimproved stretches of that road between ATL and MIA. The turnpike also bypasss I-4 and downtown Orlando whereas one must still transit downtown Tampa via I-275 to get to TPA.

GNV is certainly closer but it's position at the far NE corner of town makes it about as far and inconvenient to access from Ocala as it could possibly be. You couldn't argue with GNV being somewhat easy to use once you arrive given the small number of flights and relative sleepiness of the terminal.


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

When I went to Univ. of Florida, I used to use MCO to get back home, not GNV. However, my parents are looking to move down to The Villages, which is not too far away from Ocala, and they will be using TPA, not MCO. The MCO flights are filled with all the kids going to see Mickey and Minnie...along with their screaming and crap-filled diapers. The TPA flights are not as bad as the MCO ones. And, if they are flying on my flight benefits, MCO is a crew base so they will pretty much never get on an MCO flight anyway, so they might as well use TPA. Apparently, quite a few other people down in The Villages that they spoke to also prefer TPA over MCO.


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User currently offlineRookinla From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 312 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting zhiao (Reply 14):
Thought they used the swamp boat port.

Thanks for your keen and unique insight in answering the poster's question. Now back to the discussion..


I always found MCO to be easier when I lived in Ocala, but I also used TPA and GNV from time to time. GNV really isn't any more convenient to get to than MCO based on its location in the Northeast quadrant of the ciy. Someone asked about a regional airport in a previous post. The discussion occurred in the late 80s/early 90s about locating a regional airport between the two cities but nothing materialized. Both Alachua and Marion Counties insisted that the new airport be in their county. The obvious result of this is no service in OCF and very limited service in GNV. OCF's terminal really isn't usable in its current state and airport management doesn't seem to be interested in pursuing air service at all. So it looks like the status quo will remain for at least the near future.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 17):
The MCO flights are filled with all the kids going to see Mickey and Minnie...along with their screaming and crap-filled diapers.

It's not just the kids - everything takes longer at MCO. The last time I flew through there - a Monday around 3 p.m. - it took me 35 minutes to check my bag on WN (this was just before WN instituted bag drop lines). I've never seen such a line on any carrier at TPA. Other things being equal, TPA also tends to have shorter security lines.

One downside of TPA is that it's much more prone to delays due to pop-up afternoon thunderstorms that close the field.



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User currently offlineOAKBWIfella From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2014 times:

Have grandparents in Ocala, so I'm always looking for the easiest and cheapest way to get there. Just completed a SFO-TPA in November 2010 and April 2011 on AA, and an OAK-GNV in late May 2011 on US. My family does BWI-TPA on FL on a regular basis.

I found TPA to have better fares, shorter lines, and cheaper rental car rates than MCO. I could get off the plane, take I-275 to I-75 and a straight shot to Ocala. I also found that GNV was easy to get to my grandparents house (they live off US 441) and pretty cheap rental car rates, but two stops out of OAK (PHX and CLT) made for a very long day, especially getting delayed in CLT due to weather.

My wife and I have considered flying into JAX, but the cost of car and fuel negate any savings. I want to try Virgin America SFO-MCO, but don't want the hassle of dealing with the tourist crowd, tolls, and higher rental car prices.



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User currently offlinewindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2750 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 3):
With TPA just a bit further and probably a less traffic-prone drive, why MCO over TPA? When I'm going places roughly equidistant from TPA and MCO, I almost always use TPA.

I-75 traffic South of Wildwood is far worse than the turnpike. With all of the improvements on the tollway it is a smooth ride all the way to MCO. I-75 is more congested and I-275 can be terrible

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 6):
If the turnpike is quick, it's easy. If the turnpike is slow, it isn't - and in my experience at least, congestion on the turnpike is more common than on 75.

Sorry but MCO is far easier and has less traffic. Plus more choices on flights.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 19):
One downside of TPA is that it's much more prone to delays due to pop-up afternoon thunderstorms that close the field.

Once again not really. The chance is the same at both places. The whole of Central Florida gets pop ups all summer long.

To me it really comes down to price. TPA is easier for me but will go to Orlando if the flight or price is right.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Quoting windy95 (Reply 21):
Sorry but MCO is far easier and has less traffic.

Less traffic? When? I bet MCO has twice as much traffic as TPA. Obviously, that also means more flights, but for many passengers, the number of options are not appreciably different.

Quoting windy95 (Reply 21):
Once again not really. The chance is the same at both places.

I don't know. I use both quite a bit, often more than monthly. I've held for thunderstorms at TPA numerous times but haven't done so once at MCO. I know it's not scientific, but it's a pretty large sample size.



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User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3674 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

Quoting MI5Flyer (Reply 16):
I'm sure that it really depends on fares for the most part.

Heck if the fare was right people would be driving from MCO/TPA/GNV to OCF



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User currently offlineMI5Flyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 22):
Less traffic? When? I bet MCO has twice as much traffic as TPA. Obviously, that also means more flights, but for many passengers, the number of options are not appreciably different.

I think the guy you quoted was referring to auto traffic. Sounds like you are referring to air traffic. Both places have plenty of capacity to handle the air traffic they serve without much delay. As far as auto traffic goes the turnpike to SR528 by- passes any real traffic concerns in Orlando. The crappy windy stretch of I-75 south of Wildwood combined with the opportunity for bad traffic at anytime on I-275 in downtown Tampa certainly makes MCO easier to drive to on the average day.

T-storms? I would think MCO suffers more from this given the central location in the State. At MCO you often see the approach corridors blocked from the north causing holds and a lot of deviations to TPA/JAX in the summer. The wind blows from the south until the storm reaches the field and as a result the landing traffic has a hard time reaching the airport over Leese or OMN. The high afternoon traffic volume doesn't help either. Studying flightaware it sure seems that more flights divert to TPA in a typical summer than they do to MCO.


25 windy95 : Talking about Auto traffic...I-75/275 vs the Turnpike..I had already mentioned that MCO had more flights. Well I live by one and work at the other so
26 Cubsrule : I think the distinction that drives my choice is to versus through. I can be from rental car to gate in TPA in 20 minutes with a checked bag and 10 o
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