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Best U.S. Hub Airport  
User currently offlineJgardner From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 79 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

What is your favorite U.S. hub airport (even if you have not been to them all)?

I would say Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

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User currently offlinePVDFlier From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 57 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - hands down! The folks at Piedmont were very smart when they decided to place a hub at CLT. I understand it's an operational "piece of cake" for the folks at USAirways. PIT is a close second. I hope the two remain hubs for USAirways.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

You have to admire the way ATL manages to handle all those passengers. A true hub airport.

User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

Hands Down , ATL....The busiest airport in the world handles the traffic quite well and is easily one of the most efficient airports in the world. Not to mention it is very well planned out and that Concourse E is just an awesome place=)

User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2309 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

I would have to go with Pittsburgh International Airport. The "X" design makes connecting at PIT very convenient, and the airport's SkyMall gives passengers an excellent variety of things to do while making their connection. The "E" gates where USAirways Express is located is also a quick tram ride away. I also noticed that air traffic control at PIT is extremely organized. If anyone were to actually step out of Delta's Terminal 3 at CVG, your opinion of the airport would change dramatically.

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2561 times:

Denver International. Despite the problems at the get go, it is a beautiful airport, with great windows for aircraft viewing. Plus, most airlines (except WN) are well represented there, despite the dominance by United (and to a lesser extent, Frontier).

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User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

Not really a hub, but SNA.

User currently offlineSaxman66 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

DFW all the way! With its 4 semi-circle terminals, it is a very simple layout. You can also park or drop-off right next to your gate, so you're able to dash straight to your gate in 3 minutes flat. Baggage claims are also right across from the gates, so no need to walk down a long concourse, fighting everyone else arriving to get to your bags.

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User currently offlineKubla From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

As a hub airport, I have to agree with the masses and say PIT, followed by CVG and ATL.

DFW is good for O/D traffic, but connecting can be a royal pain with long, narrow concourses and no moving sidewalks or trams.

FlyCMH is right that terminals 1 and 2 (especially 2) really, really suck at CVG. Take away the view of Terminal 3 from either one, and you'd swear you were in CSG...

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2870 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

ATL is large, but I love how they separated the terminals so they're not all cluttered together. Granted, changing planes can be a half hour trip but overall, it's a great airport. I really enjoy the spaciousness of the terminals. ATL knew they had a fair amount of land and they used it!

User currently offlineVctony From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

I think that the best US hub is DTW, oops. I think DTW will be the best after January but for now I like DFW (gates are nice and close to one another, connections seem fairly easy, the trAAin.

User currently offlineDabomb4944 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2513 times:


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Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2495 times:


User currently offlineChe From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

My vote goes to DFW. A good number of flights to many destinations. The airport is quickly and easily navigated,even for a first timer. There are also many shops and good eats. Also from what I've experienced delays are really kept to a minimum even though its a busy airport.

User currently offlineCaptainAD From United States of America, joined May 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

DTW after January!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 808 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

PIT is the best without a doubt! I cant find a single fault with it. CLT and MSP are also pretty good places to connect.


User currently offlineDeltaBoy777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

DFW all the way!! Other people have said it too. They can land three planes and send-off 4 planes at the same time!!! SLC and CVG are nice too!!

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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

DTW- At least after the mid-field treminal opens in Jan..


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User currently offlineHole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

Definitely DFW.

A true airport with lots of space to expand. They already have seven runways with an additional one planned.

It was room for at least 2 more full size terminals with additional land for plenty more. and when the monorail gets done, connections will be easier than ever.

Also, A great spotting area at founders plaza. Now with the 7th runway, planes that land there taxi right past the viewing area.

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User currently offlineColoneh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

I cannot stand ATL. It is not "user-friendly" at all! I like CVG much better. Although I am not impressed by Comair in CVG...the set up is poor...too much chaos in one boarding room and one can barely hear the announcements to board, etc...was on standby and nearly missed because i couldn't hear the gate agent announce my name!

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

ATL is the best (and I'm not saying because I live in Atlanta either) hub airport. The setup of the concourses was a very new idea in the late 70s (satellite councourses and one long terminal building were the common designs during this time). Many architectural books on airports give ATL high marks on the concept of spacing the concourses out and lining them in a row. This setup allows more gates and more flights than they previous setup at ATL (which was a fairly young set up built in the 1960s). Sure, you may have considerable connection times (especially if you're coming off a domestic flight that goes into "E" and you're connecting flight is on "T"), but the tram system (which was another fairly new concept used at ATL when the current terminal and concourses opened up) speeds up connection times. Unfortunately, ATL was never designed to be a commuter airport. Which explains the almost haphazard setup ASA has on 'C'. The needs of commuter flights is being addressed in the future expansion projects at ATL. A new southside terminal is being targeted for use by ASA (especially since the new runway was orginally designed to be a commuter runway. If Atlanta had not hosted the 1996 Olympics, the current International concourse probably would not have been built until the late 1990s instead of the mid-90s. But eventually, Councourse E will be maxed out on gates (they just added 4 more gates at the north and south ends of the concourses), so some international flights may have to be shifted to earlier or later time slots. If you go by "E" at around 4:00 in the afternoon, nearly every single gate is occupied by flights and between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. is the busiest time at ATL involving international flights. The funniest thing to see is an ASA CRJ lined up alongside a LH A340, a KLM 767 and a Delta 777 and a MD-11.

User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

JFK Rules!!!!
although JFK is not a true hub airport, unless you count JetBlue, i loveee that airport....
It has a lot of character and is just so interesting in the different traffic it recieves. And now witht he new T4 and other projects underway, the airport is better than ever!!!

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8953 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

ATL is the best US hub, but overall, the best hub is British Airways' at LHR.


User currently onlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3526 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

Atlanta and MSP!!!!!!

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4589 posts, RR: 32
Reply 24, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2366 times:

Pittsburgh is my favorite hub airport. It has a great terminal layout that makes it easy to use. PIT also has widely-spaced parallel runways and is not congested.

PIT's concrete terminal is dark and bland, and it's not the best spotting airport. But it sure gets the job done well.

I've heard that CVG is a very good hub airport too. But I've only flown non-Delta carriers into the old slum section on O & D flights, so I haven't tried it as a hub.


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25 Cba : IAH, ATL, DTW.
26 JonPaulGeoRngo : Memphis Houston Intercontinental (F%^@# DFW!!) Phoenix Pittsburgh
27 Kcle : CLE, and not just because i live in Cleveland either. There are no trams to take, no driving 10 miles to find your terminal, there is just one main lo
28 Hypermike : For those of you who've mentioned DFW, have you ever had to make a connection where you switched carriers? It's downright nasty. I flew US PHL-DFW, an
29 Airlinelover : Drawback about CLE- I was going FNT-CLE-TPA in '00, and had to RUN, yes, RUN from the end of D concourse through the tunnel to the OTHER end of C conc
30 Jgardner : Things I don't like about DFW: 1. too far from Dallas...Love is easier, but you have to be in accordance with the Wright Ammendment 2. It takes longer
31 Jahckass : CLT is a very nice airport aslong as you dont have to connect on USAirways express, that part somehow got left out of rennovations. But the main termi
32 762er : Enough has been said about PIT. It is undoubtedly #1 in terms of convenience comfort and ease. All of my experiences at DFW have been awful. The last
33 Miller22 : CVG and PIT are the best and easiest hubs in the country, although CLT is quite good too. DFW is the absolute worst hub. The terminal setup for DFW is
34 Doug : DFW is the best
35 Pilothica737 : ATL all the way baby!! I've only conected there 2 times, but I love it. It was well planed, and very organized. I love riding the little train thingie
36 Mlsrar : Apparently, No one has ever flown through MKE on Midwest Express. Their new 'D' concourse is fantastic...somewhat lacking in shopping opportunities un
37 Post contains images Af007 : CDG is the best in the world ORD is best in US.
38 Shawn Patrick : DEN
39 Post contains images GunFighter 6 : Oh Dallas you are everything lalalala Well you get it DFW is the best their is. its so impressive driving there, and taking off woohoo. Logan isn;t th
40 Heavymetal : DFW.....the counters/gates are a stone's throw from the curb, and ample parking is just the other side of the street. You retrieve your bags only step
41 Phxairfan : PHX and ATL. PHX, because if you are connecting on America West or Southwest, you dont ever have to switch terminals, just concourses. Very similar to
42 Blink182 : I like ORD as the AA terminal isn't super spreat out like DFW and If you have ever gone into the admirals club(the older one) you can see how quickly
43 Post contains images Miller22 : Everyone who has said DFW is the best is because they like how close the checkin counters are to the gates and how easy it is to get to from the road.
44 Post contains images L.1011 : Atlanta-Hartsfield!!!!!!!!!!!
45 NWA ARJ : I would have to say Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) It is just beautiful seeing all of the lovely Northwest Planes there.
46 B777-200 : I would have to say MSP. I think it won an award for the most passenger friendly airport.
47 Sm92 : I think Memphis International has a good on-time record. What do you think?
48 Dfw-man : DFW is a good hub for connecting if you are flying on AA or DL.The people that say DFW is the worst have never tried IAH CO's hub and NW at DTW or UA'
49 Post contains images Vincent32 : I've been through PIT the most, and it is still my favorite. A close second though would be ATL.
50 Uaflyer : It would have to be Denver.If your flying United its very easy to get from gate to gate and if you need to go to a different concourse your take that
51 PHX 1 : To me Phoenix has the best hub airport. It's clean and comftorble.
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