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User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3453 posts, RR: 10
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 971 times:

Does anyone know of or think that there are cities in the U.S. that aren't but could eventually be turned into major hubs for some US airlines, I definitely think WN could eventually turn MSP into a mini-hub, that would defineitely add lower fares to MSP!

Does anyone else have any hunches?

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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 945 times:

MSP will never be WN's hub. Something about WN never going head to head with a major on their turf...

MCI is ideally situated to be a mid-continent hub for a major (or a start-up arline's base), but they have to do something about the terminal before anything can happen.


User currently offlineAmericanF100 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 937 times:

I hope WN would start a hub here!

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 934 times:

I tried booking some late year travel on AA.COM today from Florida to Michigan. I figured ORD would pop up as a natural hub but guess what....?

Three of the four flights offered switched at STL.

I think the AA/TWA merger is going to be AAdvantageous for St. Louis.


User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 928 times:

I hope your right heavymetal, I joined AAdvantage under the assumption that STL will become an important hub for the AA network. Between that and the mini hub WN runs here, it will be easy to get anywhere fast (or at least easier than it is now)

User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 912 times:

I think ABQ, OMA, and SDF would be good potential hubs. Certainly not fortress hubs, but at least a smaller hub to take pressure off some of the larger hubs. All have good locations with adequate O&D traffic. I especially like the prospects of OMA. A booming market, big expansion plans in the works and it's a good competetive market, YX should beef up there. MCI has been doomed from the start, I am beginning to think there is a curse there or something. Although, technically, MCI should be a prime location for a hub operation. WN, US, and YX all have "mini hubs" there.

--Chris--



User currently offlineUS330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3841 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 865 times:

Austin, San Antonio and Jacksonville

User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11018 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 849 times:

AUS, SAT, and JAX are geographically ill-suited for a domestic hub, especially JAX. However, if someone was going to do it, I would love to see US open a hub at AUS. It's got a nice little boom going on right now with the industries moving in.


BTW, I still don't see AA keeping STL in the long run. It's way too close to ORD (257 miles) and serves the same markets: east-west connecting. Compare to US at PIT and PHL at 267 miles, but with two distinctively different markets: PIT east-west connecting, PHL north-south connecting.


Also, to the person who stated that WN doesn't go into hubs, take a look at STL, DTW, and BWI



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