Timberwolf24 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 575 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
Rumor has it that ATA is looking to open a 2nd hub possibly on the west coast spring of 2002. ATA does have alot of new aircraft on order and they all wont go to Midway. Anyone have any thoughts on where the new hub might be and what cities they might serve?
FlyChicaga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1024 times:
MDW is the only hub at the moment. IND is the HQ, however is not a hub. All flights and transfers go through MDW (hence why Chicago Express is now d/b/a ATA Connection there). Regarding a west coast hub, who knows. Nobody is talking. However, there will be six 757-300s that are being used to fly strictly Cali-Hawaii runs for Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays vacations. Also, some L1011's are being used for the Funjet vacations out of MSP and MKE, and in the future those are expected to be done by 757's and/or 737's. With four added destinations in February, and hopefully a better gate situation in MDW with the new terminal, the number of aircraft we're going to have isn't going to create a need for a west coast hub.
To be honest, we do need a hub there so people can take advantage of ATA without having to always connect through Chicago. Right now, if someone in MYC wants to go to Orlando, ATA isn't the best option. The same is true for someone going from LA to Seattle. If there are hubs out west and east, this will help ATA tremendously in the long run. So would starting a frequent flyer program, but we won't begin on all the things that ATA needs to get it's act together on. For the times as they are now, I say everything is going REAL good here.
TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Sacremento is too small.
There really aren't any hub cities left. If they were going to do anything in Cali, maybe Oakland would work, but the airport is pretty tight.
AA has a strong lock on SJC, SFO is full, Fresno is like Sacremento, too small, San Diego is too small and full. Ontario isnt developed enough, Orange County is well, too rich, LAX is packed, there is nothing.
Afitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Why is SMF too small? The location is pretty good, not much traffic with the relativley new terminal? Didnt they serve over 8 mil in 2000? I dont think anything over 7 mil is considered too small for a airline like ATA to hub at. Look at MDW, not too big in itself.