DCA-ROCguy, haven't had the chance to share a thread with you in a while. How've you been, my friend?
feel that it would be very convenient, weather-wise, and accessibility-wise, to put it in southeast Lorain County. It's really not that far from most east-side locations coming down I-90 to I-71 to I-480/SR20. It's less than 40 minutes from the suburbs like Euclid and such. That's not unreasonable at all. Plus it's away from the primary and secondary snowbelts.
And unlike most other locations, a much smaller number of people would have to be uprooted.
And you are correct, DCA
-ROCguy, the economics don't favor building an airport. I hadn't heard about the landing fees coming down, so if CLEfan is right, that's about 72 cents per every 1000 lbs landing weight. That's substantial. That will take some burden off CO
, and might even get WN
to expand finally-that's been their biggest gripe about CLE
since they located there. They need to come down further, though, to be more competitive.
The biggest reason CO
won't relocate the hub from CLE
is, as DCA
correctly states, the economics of the time. Now, CLOSING CLE
could be a possibility in the future, but I think any drastic move like that, barring an economic collapse in the U.S., is at least a year, maybe more, in the future. If business picks up, and CO
stop bleeding cash, CLE
is not in as dire straits as peole think.
And yes, DCA
, 6R24L is slated to go to just under 12,000 feet-I believe in '06 or so. 6L24R is slated to go to around 9,000 in a few years.