'And, behold the wonders of wikipedia...
"As of 2004, census estimates show there are 614,330 people living in Charlotte, and 801,137 in Mecklenburg County. The county's population is projected to reach 1 million in 2010."
"Pittsburgh's population decline during the last half century is remarkable."'
Of course, in his attempt to obscure the facts, he chooses to ignore the census data regarding Pittsburgh, in which Allegheny County had 1.27 million inhabitants as of July, 2002 -- or roughly 50% more than Mecklenburg County. Moreover, he chooses to ignore actual O&D traffic figures from USDOT, which show PIT
having 5.7 million O&D passengers in 2002 in comparison to 4.6 million at CLT
also slightly outpaced CLT
in revenue that year, with $999 million vs. $988 million coming from O&D passengers. And when you consider that CLT
could be a single bank merger away from losing a significant chunk of its business traffic...
High per-passenger airport costs at PIT
are also largely US Airways' doing. With mainline departures having been cut by 75% from 2001, per-passenger costs are bound to escalate given the fixed cost of bond service on the terminal -- which was built at the behest of USAir's management. And PHL
's per-passenger costs are comparable to PIT
's; it's just that stronger O&D at PHL
makes it a better place to concentrate traffic aside from PHL
's well-known operational problems. CLT
would also look like a high-cost airport if US Airways were to eliminate most mainline flying there.
Flyinggizmo also claims, "In addition, ALL
the carriers at PHL
are suffering from incompetance at the ATC tower, as the FAA has funneled most of their rookie controllers for the tower and ground into PHL
. All of it equals a complete cluster**** that festers day in and out."
Really? Southwest had 84.1% of their flights into PHL
arrive on time in September and 84.7% in October. I guess not EVERYONE suffers from so-called "incompetance" [sic] at PHL