To think that in the mid 80's, the combined US/ Empire-Piedmont ha around 60 daily departures at ROC
: generally 35 US mainline, a couple of Piedmont 737's to BWI
, 15-18 Empire-Piedmont F-28's, and 6 or 8 prop planes, mostly former Brockway Air as Piedmont commuter. They threw it all away by keeping costs artificially high, and choosing to cut seat capacity and gouge $$. Their loss.
When the new ROC
terminal opened in 1992, US had eight gates, which even then they didn't fully use. Now they'll be down to five, all in the departure lounge at the end of A concourse. That should be plenty of space for them nowadays.
I've read in the D & C that Slaybaugh is pressing JetBlue to start ROC
when the EMB-190's come in. For what it's worth, when I was home in March, AirTran agents told me that JetBlue does plan to start the route. JetBlue has also said the Upstate markets will be one of the first places they put EMB-190's to JFK
. Figure ROC
's 6 daily A320's (as of this summer) will become around 10 daily EMB-190's. ROC
could probably support at most 3 daily E190's to start.
At 13 or so dailies, JetBlue might need a second gate...wonder if they would go over to B for that, or take another US gate. But why wouldn't they just stay in A and take the gates AirTran is taking, and spare AirTran the trouble of moving?
Aeroc will probably know in more detail, but US is probably at 10 or fewer mainline departures from ROC
nowadays, with around 25-30 regional departures split between props and RJ
Maybe that A concourse jetway is becoming the new CRW
jetway that KcrwFlyer speculated about.