atcsundevil wrote:travaz wrote:grbauc wrote:
Yes but Skyharbor is not that far away. Grant it Its been a few years since I lived there so I could be wrong but I don't believe traffic is a issue.
I live on the west side(Peoria ave and the 101) and Sky Harbor is an easy 18 miles down Grand Avenue, maybe 30 minutes usually less. Kiwa is 51 Miles so Sky Harbor is a no brainer
Okay, well I lived in San Tan Valley, which was 40-45 minutes from PHX, but less than ten from IWA. The airport is 20 minutes away for 2.5 million people, so clearly it's convenient for more than half of the valley's population, which includes Chandler, Gilbert, and Queen Creek — the most affluent area of the valley from a median income standpoint. It clearly wouldn't make sense for you to drive to IWA, but it's a very viable and more convenient option for a large number of people. Yes, PHX is centrally located, but effectively saying "well everybody should just use PHX" is disputed by WestJet serving both airports. Frontier made a lousy effort, but WestJet returning to provide seasonal service proves that they can be profitable running a split operation. The Canadian snowbird population in the east valley is massive, and for them, IWA is by far the closest airport.
There are some parts of Mesa that are less affluent, however, those parts are mostly in the western part of the city which is actually closer to PHX. The more affluent parts of Mesa are closer to IWA.
I actually wondered why B6 doesn't give IWA a shot. Considering B6's minimal presence at PHX, I think they could perhaps attempt some flights out of IWA.