Of the major US airlines, I think it is fairly safe to assume the following will remain as major hubs:
Chicago O'Hare (AA and UA
), but nowhere near the pre-9/11 levels of traffic. ORD
is still a very functional airport, with 7 runways and is the third largest US city. Even if AA
files for Chapter 11 and UA
is liquidated, the ORD
slots and assets are the crown jewels in both carriers.
Atlanta Hartsfield (ATL
Highly efficient, well developed hub for both DL
and AirTran. Crowded as it is, it works well. ATL
is within 2 hours of flying from 80% of the US population, according to the Atlanta chamber of commerce.
Houston Intercontinental (IAH
) and Newark Liberty (EWR
Continental and the Houston Airport System as well as the Port Authority of NY and NJ
have spent millions redeveloping these two airports well. Newark is the busiest airport in the NY area. IAH
is a solid connecting point with great access to Central and South America.
First class facility has replaced a disgusting trash of an airport. Northwest has a solid route system from DTW
Good alternative to EWR
, NYC area, and DC area airports. City and US Airways are spending $$ to upgrade it. US has limited competition from here. Fifth largest US metropolitan area.
Still the largest gateway to Latin America and one of the fastest growing air markets in the world. With SARS hitting Asia hard, Latin America could surpass Asia in traffic.
Charlotte-Douglas International (CLT
Good alternative to ATL
. Provided US Airways stays afloat, CLT
San Francisco is threatened by United Airlines' financial condition, SARS, which is hitting Trans Pacific traffic very hard, and competition from Oakland by low cost carriers. Inefficient airport, prone to delays, expensive fees.
Pittsburgh is history. Not a natural hub. Small sized city, with limited O&D. Same goes for CLE
Only United can keep DEN
a hub. Too expensive to operate from otherwise. Frontier does not have critical mass.
isn't suited for a hub. Outdated, lousy terminals, no room for expansion, and not a geographic connecting point, but a good transit through from Asia/South Pacific/Hawaii.
is a good maybe. SLC
too big to fail.
Excellent facilities, go