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DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:16 pm

Now, if this is not a reason to hurry up and get the North Terminal underway, I don't know what is!



Fliers' use soars at Metro; record yearly pace possible

September 25, 2004

BY JEWEL GOPWANI
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Detroit Metropolitan Airport reached a new monthly record in July for the number of passengers who used the airport.


Despite the struggles of major carriers -- United Air Lines Inc. is in bankruptcy, US Airways Inc. filed this month, and Delta Air Lines is threatening to file -- 3.4 million passengers arrived and departed from Metro in July.


And, while passenger loads for United and US Airways declined, July's pace is putting Metro on track for a record year to beat 2000, which saw 35.5 million passengers.


July is usually a good month for airport traffic. But it got an extra boost from low-fare carriers pushing fares down, airport spokesman Mike Conway said.


Metro Airport's July numbers saw the biggest push from its dominant carrier. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines Inc. and its commuter airlines posted an increase of about 2 percent compared with last year, with an additional 245,604 departures and arrivals at Metro, its largest hub.

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http://www.freep.com/money/business/traffic25e_20040925.htm
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:44 pm

NW loadfactors have been at or above pre-9/11 levels for the 4 months. Yet our workforce and our fleet is 25 percnt smaller than it was four years ago.
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:58 pm

Jetjack74:

So, is that a good thing? Better fleet utilization, better labour work rules?

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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:07 pm

Northwest's July load factor of 85.5% and Spirits' 84.4% are amazing....

Does anyone know if these airport passenger figures include charter flights out of DTW??? The charters (to Las Vegas, Cancun and Punta Cana) have been packed all summer....I woudn't be surprised if the load factors for charter aircraft is in the the 90 to 95% range, perhaps even higher.
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:10 pm

Not for the flight attendants and pilots. Outsourcing mainline flying to the regionals is keeping junior FA's out on furlough. Pilots are cycled in as retirements go through..
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:16 pm

I am certainly glad to hear traffic is up, I certainly hope traffic keeps increasing so the legacies can survive.
 
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sun Sep 26, 2004 5:08 am

I certainly hope traffic keeps increasing so the legacies can survive
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sun Sep 26, 2004 5:21 am

I think the new terminal used almost exclusively by NW is a factor. It is a great facility, very user friendly with the tram system, plenty of windows (to see all of the DC-9's better!) plenty of stores. The improvements in the automotive business over the years and with more car parts suppliers based outside the Detroit area is probably also adding to the increasing use of DTW. The growth of WN, Spirit, other LCC's at DTW (although using the old terminal bldg.) also adds to the rising pax numbers. This is good news.
 
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:00 pm

Umm last I knew WN was downsizing DTW, because they were not doing so hot at DTW??? Anyone got anymore info on that?????
 
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RE: DTW Traffic Reaches Past Pre 9/11 Levels

Sun Sep 26, 2004 10:42 pm

TPA has also broken all pre 9/11 records. "Thanks for Traveling"

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