|Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 2):|
HAM, like many small European markets, is very low-yielding. DL has started, stopped and then re-started service there twice. AA pulled out after about two years in the early 1990s, and UA pulled out after LH began codesharing with them in the mid-1990s.
|Quoting Kkfla737 (Reply 11):|
I believe at one time or another TWA flew HAM-TXL several times daily as well.
|Quoting Kkfla737 (Thread starter):|
After PA sold its Heathrow routes to UA, United served Hamburg for several years.
|Quoting HAM" class=quote target=_blank>HAM (Reply 16):|
If I´m not mistaken, that DL flight HAM-ATL had a stop in LHR. I was on one of those flights as a kid.
|Quoting LTU932 (Reply 17):|
Wasn't that actually DL? I never heard someone mention UA in HAM until today. I only know of DL getting flights to HAM after PA sold their LHR routes
|Quoting Kkfla737 (Reply 21):|
No, it was UA who got PA's LHR routes in 1991 before the rest of the Atlantic network was sold to Delta. United served HAM from LHR between 1991 and 1994.
|Quoting EddieDude (Reply 24):|
In my opinion, the hub & spoke system, coupled with the growth of multi-carrier alliances, has been largely responsible for less trans-Atlantic service to airports like HAM, LYS, DUS, TXL, etc. This approach to operations results in more and more passengers transitting through hubs like LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA, etcetera, and less service between non-hub European airports and United States cities.
|Quoting Kkfla737 (Reply 26):|
very good point. In fact through the years PA's HAM flight usually extended with a tag along to Nuremberg, Berlin or Dusseldorf, all cities that get little if any same plane service to USA these days.
|Quoting A319XFW (Reply 10):|
Another reason for HAM to be 'large' pre-reunification was that it was only one of 3 airports allowed to serve West-Berlin (with FRA and MUC). And this only by non-German airlines.
I would hazard a guess, that quite a few people flying to HAM from the US changed there and continued on to Berlin.