AMS only has 700.000 citizens... btw
True, but it covers a significant part of Holland's population overall.
Is Marseille 1.5 million plus those who live in the surrounding area, or are we talking 1.5 million total for the whole place?
If the latter, that roughly corresponds to Milwauikee or Memphis, not exactly huge international markets...
Also, ATL is not a huge city, but it sports the biggest airport in terms of traffic, thanx to DL.
True, at less than 400,000 people, Atlanta is not a huge city. But it's GMSA is quickly nearing 5 million, making it in effect larger than Houston and nearly the size of Philadelphia. In addition, the population is very wealthy, has a low cost of living, and a Delta hub...
IND is located in the center of Indiana which has a population of over 6 million
Ah, but a large number of that 6 million lives in the area near Gary/Chicago, which has significant trans-Atlantic service. IND
suffers from the same situation as SAN
but Air France and some shrewed politicians find an interestt to waste the time and money of thousands of people. But then francs-macons and their networks work very well in France ....
So why doesn't some French businessman/woman decide they're tired of flying through CDG
or Orly and start their own airline with more direct international links? They could operate it like Southwest at DAL
, except from various French cities... Just don't expect there to be too much in the way of intern-continental travel...
I could see travel between cities like (I'm assuming there are airports at these cities) Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice/Monaco, Paris, Brest, Toulouse, and Strasbourg; with service from these cities to Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt, Berlin, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Athens.
I could see these routes being operated by 737s or A32Xs (probably 73Gs or A319s), perhaps even 717s or E-195s, depending on whether the focus was on frequent short hops or less frequent longer-haul flights.
All these cities could see international service that generally bypasses CDG
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