flymia
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Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 10:13 am

What smaller towns have an pretty large commercial airport. The only on i can think of right away is Key West. For an city with only 24,000. Any others
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 10:51 am

I never really thought of Key West as a "big airport." Can't it only handle smaller planes, such as regional jets?
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 11:03 am

Key West has had scheduled DC-9's and 727's in the past. Still, I would not call it a big airport.


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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 11:35 am

Well there is DEN, which is a really big airport and out of town Laugh out loud
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:15 pm

Bangor Maine has an intercontinental class runway, the airport itself isn't that "big" tho.
My vote would go for Anchorage Alaska.
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:36 pm

Harlingen, TX comes to mind.

Pop 57,964.

In 1999 passenger enplanements totalled 469,214.

The biggest markets out of Harlingen from the DOT (look at these #s for a city this size.....!)

Harlingen to/from Distance Psgrs/Day Avg Fare Largest Carrier Mkt Share

HOUSTON 295 524 $ 77 WN 90
DALLAS 461 369 $ 127 WN 97
SAN ANTONIO 233 189 $ 86 WN 99
AUSTIN 273 180 $ 79 WN 98
LAS VEGAS 1236 80 $ 168 WN 91
CHICAGO 1219 58 $ 193 WN 80
LOS ANGELES 1349 30 $ 219 WN 82
EL PASO 653 29 $ 187 WN 91
ORLANDO 1015 28 $164 WN 66
BALT/WASH 1507 28 $ 204 WN 77
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 1:11 pm

From July 1, 1982 until January 1, 1992 Piedmont Airlines (remember them?) operated a hub at Dayton, Ohio (DAY) with nonstops to JFK,LGA,EWR,DCA,BOS,DTW,CLT,TPA,MIA,MCO,PHL,DFW,DEN,LAX,PHX,SEA,SFO and many more smaller markets such as FWA,CAK,TOL,GRR,LAN,SBN,EVV,CMI,CLE,IND,CVG among others. Those are just the ones that I can remember. Some of these markets had 4 or more flights per day. I think there were more than 150 daily departures at the height of service in the late eighties. Then along came USAir and ruined everything. Oh well, if not them, someone else would have bought out PI. Times change- unfortunately in this industry change has been mostly for the worse.
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 2:44 pm

Savannah Georgia. I found the airport to be surprisingly large.
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 3:00 pm

For an airport with service way out of proprtion to poulation base? Anything in Alaska (do any of you know how very small Anchorage really is?) and Eagle/Vail Colorado come to mind. Orlando in the early to mid 1970s is another. In fact Orlando still does fit as it's not a large city ny any means.

BGR was, in the early 1960s a true marvel as was Gander.

Tourism and location create these oddities.
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 3:30 pm

An airport that had no town there at all when it was built in the early 1940's was Shannon, in Ireland.

Built for transatlantic transit traffic there was little local need for an airport. Indeed the original workers lived in dormatories.

The town of Shannon was only developed in the late 1950's and it is still very small, much to the suprise of the occasional tourist who visits "the town of Shannon"
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 3:37 pm

Oh yes Shannon.

But, as a country boy who loves Ireland in general, I think maybe this should be kept quiet. We don't want to have the riff-raff run amok.

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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 6:12 pm

Zurich is a pretty small city, but ZRH is one of the major airports of Europe. Same with Geneva, when you overfly the city, you can see that the airport runway is literally almost as long as the entire city! While Nice is not as small as the other two, it's definately not the #2 city in France, yet it has the #2 airport, due of course to tourism. The same is the case with Antalya (AYT), second busiest in Turkey after IST. In the US, I first went to BDL in 1996 and was really surprised when I looked at the departure monitors with non-stop flights to places like St. Louis, Orlando, Atlanta, Toronto, Cincinnati etc...
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sat Aug 23, 2003 6:42 pm

Palma de Mallorca isn't really a big city but has an amazing (big!) airport. It's one of the biggest airports of Spain, after BCN and Madrid...
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 4:42 am

would FLL be condisered a small town and big airport? i would think it would be, i mean Fort Lauderdale isnt that big.
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 4:53 am

hii folks...

Faro is a small city... near 60000 habs.... but he have an international airport... one of the most busy of south europe... Sometimes we have a takeoff and one landing every 50 seconds...

We receive all kind of aircraft... from Cessnas to 747.... and who knows... the new A380.


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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 6:02 am

No one's mentioned Kona, Hawaii, yet.


Kona has an 11,000 foot runway and an international terminal, is served by AA, UA, JAL, and of course AQ and HA. But the town of Kailua-Kona itself is quite small, less than 30,000 people if I recall correctly.

the only reason it's so busy is because it's Hawaii, and Volcanoes National Park is nearby. (Well, actually, it's a couple hours drive away, the big island is....big).  Wink/being sarcastic

In terms of size itself, Hilo has an airport bigger than what it needs...Hilo could, with a few modifications to the terminal, handle every bit as much traffic as Kahului...but airlines seem to prefer flying to the "sunny side" over in Kona. So Hilo has this big airport that's mostly served by just AQ and HA for interisland flights.


Kahului's airport is bordering on being smaller than it should be but the residents strongly opposed the plans to lengthen the runway, so there it sits.

Lihue is just about the right size.  Smile
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 6:08 am

I would give a nod to Jackson International (JAN). IT is a pretty small town, compared to larger ones and bosst service from Wn, 9E, DL, COX, AE, and US.

The airport itself has a pretty large terminal w/ 2 concourses, and when you consider a sizable presence by cargo airlines, military traffic, and a FBO handiling large corporate's, JAN is a pretty big operation, in a small/medium sized market.
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 6:14 am

I would have to say Point Salines in Grenada. Although the airport itself (terminal) is small it has a large runway and handles 777 & 747 from the UK and elsewhere. The population of the whole state of Grenada is only 100,000.
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 6:59 am

Lewisberg/Greenbrier, West Virginia.

The ridiculously long runway was built as part of "Operation Congo." This was a plan to evacuate members of Congress to a massive bunker beneath the Greenbrier Hotel. A journalist discovered the bunker some years ago and it now serves as a "museum."

The rather advanced airport facilities remain. US Airways Express and ASA/Delta Connection serve the airport. There were actual DC-9s to LaGuardia; I don't think those are around anymore.
 
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RE: Small Town Big Airport

Sun Aug 24, 2003 7:13 am

Savannah International (Georgia) is absolutely huge... yet it services only a relatively small/insignificant city.

Though, to its credit, many airlines now are marketing it as the gateway to Hilton Head as well  Smile
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