Greetings from STL
. The drastic decline can be traced to one event. American Airlines buying TWA. With two hubs within a short distance (ORD
), many of the flights and services that were done here on TWA aircraft became redundant. This has resulted in massive cutbacks in the flight schedule and massive layoffs as well. Last November, AA
cut 200 flights including all international flights and many that were shorter in distance or had low demand due to competition from LCCs like Southwest. At that time, AA
comprised about 80% of all operations out of STL
. Two popular destinations that fall into this category are Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska. Other routes such as STL
saw a reduction in capacity and frequency. Regional Jets have also replaced mainline jets on many routes.
Some of this void has been filled by Southwest, Delta, and Northwest adding flights and Frontier introducing service to Denver recently. However, only about 20 flights have been added by these carriers. STL
has no more passenger widebody service and if you are familiar with the airport, the D concourse was recently vacated. AA
uses the B and C concourses. Delta, Frontier, America West, Northwest, United and Continental use the A concourse as they had before. Southwest and charter service flies out of the East Terminal.
While it sounds like gloom and doom here, things are starting to turn around. The "which airline will start service to STL
" threads are almost as common as the "when will NW
retire the DC-9" threads here. Most airlines have recently added flights or increaced frequency as demand increaces. I've noticed that there have been more aircraft on approach in the evening recently as well.
I hope this helps you in your quest for info.