MCI and STL
are Missouri's equivalent of LA
and San Francisco bay, the two largest metro areas in the state, far enough apart to make it a natural air market for both O&D and connecting traffic. Also, AA
has a large maintenance center at MCI
and a hub in STL
, there is alot of demand for non-rev travel as well. When TWA was around, it was virtually impossible to non-rev on some of those flights...heck at one pointon time they had L1011's operating one or two flights a day on that one.
As for other states, alot of business takes place within the state, plus people visit friends and relatives or get away for a few days etc....Some states are too small or lack the population to support such services...South Carloina comes 2 mind. If CAE, CHS
, GSP and MYR were all 3-4 hours aprt by car, you might see some demand for air service within the state, but this is not the case.
Another factor would be hub traffic. Using STL
again, we have flights to MCI
, COU, SGF, JLN, and CGI. Most of this traffic, except for MCI
is connecting in STL
to other markets, though of course there would be some point to point traffic.