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Should DFW-MIA&PITT Be Worried

Sat Apr 01, 2000 9:17 am

Looking at the 1999 stats should I be a little concerned on DFW'S stagnant growth for 1999.Also Miami and Pittsburgh saw some pretty good drops in traffic.Is there cause to worry for the three of them?
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RE: Should DFW-MIA&PITT Be Worried

Sat Apr 01, 2000 9:26 am

i doubt it. DFW is getting more airlines and more traffic all the time so it is not that bad-no need to worry, i dont know about MIA and PITT, PITT may have been worse if USAirways did not reach an agreement though
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RE: Should DFW-MIA&PITT Be Worried

Sat Apr 01, 2000 9:41 am

Well Miami's problem can be said in two words South America and Fort Lauderdale.If and when things get better in South America the numbers will go back up for Miami,also Fort Lauderdale has done an a good job on taking the average Joe Blow domestic travaler who would rather use Fort Lauderdale than Miami because of lower fares and a more easier airport to navigate around.DFW I think once Delta puts a little more emphasis on DFW along with the other start up carriers DFW will be fine.Pittsburgh I have no idea I do not know enough about the market or U.S Airways to speak on that(as if I know anything about DFW and MIA)lol

RE: Should DFW-MIA&PITT Be Worried

Sat Apr 01, 2000 11:45 am

USAirways has been shrinking their mainline operations at PIT and CLT as they are increasing at PHL. The Pittsburgh media has been saying that now that the labor issues are behind them and the Airbus fleet reduces costs, they will begin to expand those hubs again. Ah, the wishful thinking of hometown media. I don't know if that's really their plan for PIT, but I hope so, it's a great hub airport. And this winter it's greatest snowfall was 3.3 inches while CLT and PHL got hammered. Yep, you want to avoid those Carolina winters! Most of the PIT traffic isn't local, it's thru traffic. The locals do a lot of driving to Cleveland and Columbus to avoid the high fares.
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RE: Should DFW-MIA&PITT Be Worried

Sat Apr 01, 2000 2:12 pm

I'm not worried about DFW at all, although the reintroduction of more interstate service at Love may take away some of their traffic. I look for DFW to eventually take over from ATL as the busiest airport in the world.

As for MIA, as the population of South Florida gets more and more spread out, airports like FLL and PBI will be busier, while MIA will probably stay rather flat.

I can't comment on PIT, although they're pretty much at the mercy of USAir. I will say that major hub airports (with a one-carrier vast majority), such as PIT, CLT, STL, etc have it a little tougher because of that airline's majority, while other dual hubs can use that advantage, and combine with the spoke services of the rest of the airlines, to maintain a decent level of growth.

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RE: Should DFW-MIA&PITT Be Worried

Sun Apr 02, 2000 1:47 am

Concerning DFW's growth, I think the stagnent growth is only temporary. Fort Worth and American will have you know its because of Love Field, but the majority of operations there in the future will be RJ. American is only providing 56 first class service as an effort to stomp out Legend. American realizes where it has the muscle and that is at DFW, not Love Field.

Also, as mentioned before, International traffic is growing and the number of International carriers is growing really nicely. I expect good things to come from DFW.

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