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UA's Miami Hub Gone?

Fri May 16, 2003 2:46 pm

A lot of people would consider UA's PRE sept 11th presence at MIA, a hub, they even classified it as that for some time. It also was alive post sept 11th, but it seems to be gone now, I'd like to know any info about it that anyone might have, thanks a lot.
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RE: UA's Miami Hub Gone?

Sat May 17, 2003 4:27 am

With only 13 daily flights it is hardly a hub. However, with a brand new 15 gate, $850M terminal still going ahead (they could have easily stopped construction, since it did not start until January 2002*), United remains dedicated to the Miami market. Assuming things go smoothly, you will see United growth in the future (late 2004/early 2005 should be when the terminal opens), by both United and Star Alliance carriers. MIA will be the first "Star Alliance Hub", in which all Star carriers will share everything (ticketing, ground crew, baggage handling, gates, etc.) at a dedicated facility. Paris will be the next one. I've heard MIA-GIG will be back sooner than later, but that's it for short term route expansion.

*Obviously, UAL Corp. isn't the only one paying for this. Mexicana, Lufthansa, Varig, and Miami-Dade County, etc. are putting in a big chunk too. However, of private investors, UAL Corp.'s "donation" is by far the biggest and most important.
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RE: UA's Miami Hub Gone?

Sat May 17, 2003 7:34 am

Miami is not a hub for United. It never was. United does have a number of long haul flights to Latin America and its Star partners have a big presence in Miami, but MIA is not a UA hub.

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RE: UA's Miami Hub Gone?

Sat May 17, 2003 8:02 am

Miami is not a hub for United. It never was.

Look at thier route network during the mid-1990s and say it was never a hub. ATL, MCO, DCA, IAD, LGA, EWR, IAH, MEX, PTY, SAL, DEN, LAX, SFO, CNF, EZE, MVD...the list goes on. UAL has called MIA a hub, it was a hub, and in the future it will become a Star Alliance hub. Right now all that is operating is DEN, LAX, IAD, SFO, ORD, MCO, EZE, GRU, and MVD.

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