Tom in NO
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Texas International And ELP

Wed Oct 23, 2002 7:19 am

I'm staring at a postcard of a Texas International DC-9 taken at ELP in mid-1982, and a question popped into my head:

What gates did TI operate out of at ELP? At the time, TI was operating ELP flights to IAH, MAF, PHX, and TUS.

I know that CO (who merged with TI) has only one gate currently (B-9), and that in mid-'82, the combination TI/CO operated 22 flights a day, so they had a much greater presence then than they do now.

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Cody
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RE: Texas International And ELP

Wed Oct 23, 2002 9:05 am

Sorry I cannot help you with your question, but Continental actually considered El Paso a hub in the early 80's. I have a timetable mentioning their hubs in Houston, Denver, Honolulu and El Paso.
 
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RE: Texas International And ELP

Wed Oct 23, 2002 10:28 am

I heard that Continental was the sole operator out of Terminal B during the hub days. Currently Southwest, Delta (mainline and both Skywest and ASA), Continental, America West, and Frontier use terminal B. When I was younger, I remember seeing Western 727s parked at the end as well. The original Frontier was in Terminal A along with United and American.
 
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RE: Texas International And ELP

Wed Oct 23, 2002 12:31 pm

At one time Continental used the large rotunda area at the end of concourse B. It contains five gates,B-7 to 11.

Used today...

B-7 Airport management use - no jetway installed
B-8 America West
B-9 Continental
B-10 Airport management use
B-11 United Express (Air Wisconsin)

Up to not too long ago B-10 was the TWA gate (they were handled by HP).
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RE: Texas International And ELP

Wed Oct 23, 2002 2:15 pm

Perusing a CO timetable form the early 80s, I came across the same info as Cody. Not only was ELP a hub but it was second in number of flights only to IAH. I flew the redeye 720 TUS-ELP and connected to the D10 ELP-SAT-IAH-MIA once.

As to what gates were used by TT, I do not know. I know that every time I was there in the mid 70s there would be a DC-9 and CV-600 on the ramp.Always 1 of each no matter the time of day.
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dc863
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RE: Texas International And ELP

Wed Oct 23, 2002 2:22 pm

Perusing a CO timetable form the early 80s, I came across the same info as Cody. Not only was ELP a hub but it was second in number of flights only to IAH. I flew the redeye 720 TUS-ELP and connected to the D10 ELP-SAT-IAH-MIA once.

What did you think of the 720B? That aircraft had incredible TO performance. I flew on several 720B from PAA many many years ago and they were like hotrods.
 
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RE: Texas International And ELP

Thu Oct 24, 2002 2:08 am

Up until the second bankruptcy, ELP was always an important part of the CO system. In fact, ELP was the original destination on Varney Speed Lines first route from Pueblo.
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