YEGaircanada
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Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:34 am

I just don't understand why more people don't spend the extra bit of cash to fly into smaller and less crowded airports? Instead of flying into LAX, why not fly into Longbeach or SNA (Santa Ana)? Just a thought? What do you think?
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:39 am

Well in Europe that's how LCC are making their money, with the best example being Ryanair.
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:41 am

The first reason that comes to my mind would be: lack of service (i.e. destinations).

It's a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy - people want a wide selection of destinations, something that a lot of smaller secondary airports simply cannot sustain: the result is that people switch to the larger airports...

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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:46 am

Very true Frank, I never thought about that!
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:47 am

I think many passengers prefer smaller airports, but only if the smaller airport has a reasonable level of service at competitive fares. The Los Angeles area is unique in that aside from huge LAX, smaller airports operate at Burbank, Ontario, Santa Ana and Long Beach. Chicago has the Midway alternative, Houston has Hobby and Dallas has Love (for limited operations), but that is about it. Both IAD and DCA in Washington are madhouses, EWR/JFK/LGA at New York City are all huge airports (and Islip, Stewart and White Plains are too far out of the centre to make an impact), FLL which serves the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area has grown up into a major airport, OAK is probably more overcrowded than SFO at the moment, etc. There are really not many small airports serving metro areas to chose from.
 
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:48 am

YEGaircanada, good question and valid point. In many cases, yes, the fares can be significantly higher as compared to "high volume", traffic-dense larger airports. Also, accessability with respect the rather limited number of departures and arrivals (with much smaller aircraft) could adversely affect one's desire to choose a smaller airport. Now then, here in my neck 'o the woods, we have Canton/Akron, OH (CAK). An absolutely WONDERFUL smaller facility with convenience and "user friendliness" written all over it. And with Air Tran doing a super job of providing very affordable fares and increasing flights continually, CAK is a VERY VIABLE alternative to CLE.
 
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:56 am

YEGaircanada, I think the whole thing even has a bit of an accelerator-effect built into it: imagine someone wanting to travel from his/her "home"-airport to a destination X, which isn't offered from there, but only from the bigger airport "next-door".

Now, the same person wants to fly to a destination Y, which - again - is only offered from the bigger airport...

This person will probably, at most, ask one or two more times of a needed destination is offered from "home", but if it's always just from the "big" airport, the asking for flights from the nearer airport will cease at some point.

This way, passengers are pulled out of the smaller airports, making them (based on pure pax statistics) less interesting for airlines to start offering new services from there, or at some point even reducing their presence at the smaller airport - the result being that, obviously, the airport is even less attractive for passengers, making them chose the larger airport even more frequently...

Only if, at some point, an airline decides to build up a bunch of new services from one of these underutilized airports (JetBlue at LGB comes to mind) will these airports be interesting again.

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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:18 pm

I would love to fly into smaller airports! After flying into ISP, IFP and NAT I fell in love! Yes, lack of service is one of the reasons I think people don't do it. I do it whenever I can! IFP is so great! I can't wait to see the new terminal!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:21 pm

In many cases, cost can be an issue. This is a bit different from the LAX vs. SNA, LGB, ONT example you gave, but growing up near ABI, I hated driving almost 3 hours to catch flights at DFW. However, flying from ABI generally added 75% or 100% to the cost of the ticket, so there was little choice. Same is true even for airports like AUS, SAT, ELP, etc.
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:22 pm

Next time I go to the Los Angeles area I'll definitely take B6 or AA to LGB. It's such a little gem of an airport, with the baggage claim just a few moments' walk from the gates and the car rental desks a minute or two away. Nothing like the LAX madhouse.
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:29 pm

Well here, where I live In Portland, Maine we have service on most of the majors and their affiliates at PWM, but if you drive 1.5 hours to Boston or Manchester you often save $200 on the price of a R/T ticket. So that's why I deal with the slight inconveniences of the major airports.
 
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 2:26 pm

On international flights I have no choice to connect in LAX (or another major hub) for the westbound to Australia. Returning (normally from LHR) I generally go to ORD, but have gone through DFW once.

Small airports are easier, generally Aussie airports, excluding SYD & MEL, DUB and TUL are the easiest for me.
 
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport

Sun Mar 28, 2004 2:48 pm

For my case..my "home" airport is MWA, but we usually drive the 2 hour trip up to STL to book the cheaper ones. flying out fo MWA adds about 100-200 dollars MORE to the price of the ticket. times the family of 5, its so much cheaper to drive to STL and book on an airline like SOuthwest or AA out of STL.
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport

Sun Mar 28, 2004 2:52 pm

I would love to fly into a smaller airport. Means less people to battle at baggage claim, less people to battle when you go thru security on the way out.

Sometimes its just not practical though. I wouldnt fly to GSP just so I dont have to deal with the traffic in ATL if I have to go to Alpharetta.
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport

Sun Mar 28, 2004 2:57 pm

I've driven from Atlanta to Birmingham, AL (150 miles one way) just to fly on Southwest...and despite the 2 hour drive, the convenience factor of such a small airport really only made Birm. 45 minutes more out of my way in the end.

You can't beat parking right next to the terminal for $6/day, and walking maybe 300 feet to your gate!
 
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Sun Mar 28, 2004 10:13 pm

LGA - West Coast, about $300 r/t and Stewart/Newburgh - West Coast for the same dates, $1,300! Same airline. Enough reason?
 
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RE: Why Don't More People Fly Into Smaller Airport?

Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:14 am

I flew into BUR instead of LAX back in '97 on America West and was pleasantly surprised. Easy to use, easy to get to.
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