Maybe delta feels the city doesn't generate enough people for the use of an MD
-80 or so many flights. My grandmother lives in Irvington and when I flew down in late March I was surprised to see Delta using a MD
-80 ,but I wasn't surprised at the crowd they generated.Most of my family swears by them, but in the same sentence would say they charge alot( at least 4-5 years ago. They were close to being the only show in town. ) As for us...our RJ
'S go out of IAH
pretty full and come back pretty full.
This is from the city of Mobile web site:
Urban Development: Planning: Long Range Planning
What is the population of Mobile?
(Source: U. S. Census Bureau)
What is the U. S. Population Rank (2000) for Mobile?
89 - Montgomery, AL
90 - Shreveport, LA
91 - Augusta-Richmond County, GA
92 - Lubbock, TX
93 - Chesapeake, VA
94 - Mobile, AL
95 - Des Moines, IA
96 - Grand Rapids, MI
97 - Richmond, VA
98 - Yonkers, NY
99 - Spokane, WA
(Source: U. S. Census Ranking of Incorporated Places of 100,000 or more, Ranked by Population)
But then PensacolaGuy comes out with :
|Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 5):|
The Mobile Register had a article about it in Tuesdays paper.
Passenger Numbers for MOB,so far this year:
Month Total pax Percentage -/+ from same month last year
Jan 2005-48,946 +13.00%
Feb 2005-48,511 +11.00%
Mar 2005-55,653 +9.00%
Apr 2005-54,190 +6.00%
May 2005-54,339 +3.00%
Jun 2005-58,465 +5.00%
Jul 2005-59,449 +5.00%
Aug 2005-51,579 +1.00%
YTD 2005-431,132 +6.00%
Indeed there are traffic increases.
My whole point with the population numbers is do any of those cities garner mainline service from anyone and that many number of flights? GRR
maybe ? LBB
I think this is a WN
destination. Other carriers are probably doing ok because they're using regional jets on routes that demand such. MOB
on a CRJ NW
on an RJ CO
Perhaps Delta has been flooding the city with flights for the sake of Marketshare. I seem to remember back in the 90's Delta threatening to cut service to Mobile, that at a time when they were close to being the only carrier with mainline service. ( Much of my family paid an arm and leg to go MOB
-ETC or MOB
-ETC.) and now see's a chance to cut back after Katrina. I don't know how their loads are there on the MD
-80,but perhaps MOB
is simply a destination that needs regional service.
All that said...I'd like to see a 735 on the IAH
route,but unless they come up with Casinos like GPT
it may not happen.
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