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Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 1:14 am

I have been to several very small International Airports where you are lucky to find anything bigger than a Dash 8. Why are these called International Airports. Newport News/Williamsburg is like this and they only have 15 or 20 flights on a busy day.
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RE: Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 4:16 am

I know what you mean, Another is here in Birmingham Alabama. Even though it is bigger than Williamsburg, they have the title of a "International" airport. I know our case here they have the capacity for international flights, things such as customs, long enough runway for large aircraft and also jetways that are large enough. It would be the stupidest thing in the world if a large international carrier to start flying scheduled service here because there might be 10 people flying out of here. I think most of the time it just sounds good "wow were flying into an international airport" but when they get here they realize that the largest thing on the ground is a 737 or a DC-9. It might be good in the case of a charter that flew direct from another country but that is the most praticle use i could think of.


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RE: Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 4:18 am

I think that when an airport establishes an immigration station and has the capabilities of handling international operations, be it scheduled or charter, they are dubbed an international airport. There are a large number of small airport in the midwest and northeast that are considered international, yet do not have scheduled or connecting international service. I guess the fact that an airport can support international flights by being able to offer customs and immigration services allows it to be dubbed international.
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RE: Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 5:53 am

I've always gotten a kick out of small airports calling themselves international.

Here in Hartford, Bradley International Airport can be a stretch, but we have regularly scheduled service to Canada (Air Ontario to Toronto and Air Alliance to Montreal), plus Mexican and Caribbean charters and a weekly 747 cargo flight to Luxembourg.

Not much, but not bad, being squeezed between Boston and New York. It's an interesting site when JFK or BOS are shut down because of weather. We regularly see the Concorde land here, plus lots of 747-400s from Asia, during thunderstorms or snow storms. The problem is, after they land, they just sit on the tarmac.
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RE: Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 7:07 am

It's such a cute thing to do, who are trying to impress? Most US airports have some international traffic if an executive jet from Canada once every two months and a few DC9 charters a year to Cancun or Antigua count. But notice that the big airports have no such illusions: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Charles de Gualle, Washington Dulles, none of these are 'international'. Houston, being Texan went one further, HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL. Far out! But from the sublime to the ridiculous, they are now George Bush International.
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RE: Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 7:20 am

From the original post it was said 15-20 flights a day.. on small aircraft,
Thats good!
Cape Town International has only about 3-6 per day! But large aircraft: 767, A330 and 747... SQ, ML, BA, SAA, AF, SR, etc...
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RE: 747 At BDL

Wed Aug 25, 1999 8:21 am

When is this 747 freighter at BDL ? I often go spotting there and never see anything lager than L1011's. Where is it loaded by the post office or near signatuer flight support? Thank you
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RE: Small International Airports

Wed Aug 25, 1999 1:37 pm

The smallest international airport that I've been to is in Bellingham, Washington which is about 20 miles south of Vancouver, BC. You rarely see anything bigger than a Horizon Dash-8 or a United EMB. I remember seeing a BAE 146 there about 6 years ago with charter service to LAX, but that doesn't happen anymore.
I think this airport is called international because of it's service to Victoria, BC. This would only be a 20 minute flight anyways! It's sort of a joke why they would call it "International." People just laugh at the sign when they see "Bellingham International Airport."
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RE: 747 At BDL

Wed Aug 25, 1999 10:09 pm

It's on Saturdays. Usually operated by Atlas Air. Unloads at post office area, on tarmac near United Airlines/USAirways gates.
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