Jcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 996 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
It also has weight restrictions on every plane. Therefore, most heavy's that would fly LGA- West Coast, wouldn't have full fuel, and probably wouldn't be able to make the trip, or they would but it would be close.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 15 Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
Good question. I believe it has to do with weight restrictions on take offs, even though the A320 family, 737-NG, and 757's, all of which fly into and out of LGA and some even larger aircraft, like the 767-200/300/400.
I flew UA one stop from LGA to LAX in 1995 on an A320. The routing was UA 111.
The farthest west you can fly from LGA is to SLC and DEN, on United, Frontier (DEN), and Delta (SLC).
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6358 posts, RR: 34 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
Simple answer. It's not permitted. There's a perimeter rule which states that the maximum stage length for flights to and from LGA is 1500 mi; I believe there's an exception for DEN. (Note that AUS doesn't qualify at just over 1500 mi). Flights of over 1500 miles must use JFK or EWR.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16252 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
There are no nonstop flights from LGA to SLC, the furthest you can go from LGA is Denver.
Congress change the law governing DCA to allow certain West Coast flights, DCA previously had a perimeter rule just as LGA does. The main reason for Congress changing the rules with DCA was a selfish reason, they don't like driving to IAD. If you look at the main benefactors HP and AS they have strong leadership representing their hubs. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and Senator Young of Alaska, both high ranking memembers of Congress.
LGA has in the past had daily DC-10,A300 and L-1011 flights, and today DL still flies plenty of 767-200s, 300s, and 400s into LGA daily. So weight is not really a problem for LGA in regards to West Coast flying, as mentioned previoulsy mentioned a fully loaded 737-700, 800 and 900 weigh much less than a lightly loaded DC-10, L-1011 or 767-400.
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6358 posts, RR: 34 Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
Well, weight isn't the only factor; you also have to take into account the performance of the aircraft. Even so, 757's can operate trans-cons from the 5700' runway at SNA, so it's not too much of a stretch to expect that a 757 could hypothetically operate a trans-con from LGA.