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Difference Between A Hub And A Focus City?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:42 am

What is the difference between a hub and a focus city? It's a question that's been on my mind for some time, and I really would like an answer. From what I've gathered, this is what I can figure:

Hubs are banked, while focus cities aren't, and a flight that connects through a focus city usually originates out of a hub. Either that or a focus city consists of O&D.

Am I correct in my assumptions?
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RE: Difference Between A Hub And A Focus City?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:45 am

Even simpler, a hub connects passengers a focus city originates passengers.
 
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RE: Difference Between A Hub And A Focus City?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:47 am

and a flight that connects through a focus city usually originates out of a hub.

False. Prime example is my home airport RDU.

There are a many a flights that do not originate from a hub... CMH, PVD, AUS, BDL, EWR, PHL...

Yet RDU is an AA focus city.

As stated in other threads, the designation "Focus City" is dependent on the airline and only that airline. One airline's focus city would not be considered a focus city by other airlines.
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RE: Difference Between A Hub And A Focus City?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:50 am

and a flight that connects through a focus city usually originates out of a hub.

False. Prime example is my home airport RDU


I think that one just depends on the airline. For example, F9 flights that went through LAX to MSP, STL, and MCI originated in Denver then connected through (if I am informed correctly).
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RE: Difference Between A Hub And A Focus City?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 6:17 am

These terms are very vague indeed. Majors are "closing" HUBs and downgrading them to focus cities, yet that focus city may have as many flights as another airline's hub.

There's even "rolling", or de-banked HUBs, like EWR and PHL. Also, you can connect through cities that are not only HUBs but aren't even focus cities. I.e. Des Moines (UA) or Greensboro (US). Granted, these connections are rare and thay are usually between two cities an airline has significant operations at. (ORD-DEN for UA, PIT-CLT for US)

As time goes on, the "HUB" term may sound inefficient or outdated to customers and more airlines may call more cities "focus cities". This may be for the exception of the "fortress hubs" (DFW, DTW, ATL). Then again, the days of the banked, fortress HUBs may be numbered too. What are your thoughts on this?
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