|Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 7):|
What is PGV encachment area? I know EWN includes 5 counties, a military installation, about 6 camps, a beach/vacation retreat, several major businesses, and about 300,000 residents..
That depends. I don't know whether catchment areas are officially designated or whether you are basing the number on the population figures for surrounding cities and counties. If there is some sort of official status to EWN's catchment area, like if it's meant to serve Craven County plus certain others, whereas PGV is only meant to serve (say) Pitt, then there's logic in what you're saying. I don't know the answer. I'm from that area and I still know it well enough to discuss the topic on here, but as far as facts and figures go, I have to rely on Wikipedia. (Which states that EWN's catchment areas is four counties and 176,000 people, btw.) Basically, if you look at a map of eastern NC
, there are several cities of roughly similar size all about 45 minutes to one hour from each other. Kinston is in the middle of several of them. New Bern's strength is its proximity to the Outer Banks (but Jacksonville -- OAJ -- is closer, and so's ILM
, depending on your destination) as well as all the historic stuff. Nice place. Small, but charming. Cherry Point is a smidge closer to New Bern but it's also close to OAJ, which I believe is getting Delta service to Atlanta shortly before ISO's ends. Greenville's twice as big, with a larger business community, and ECU has a student body of 20,000 or so. Don't get me wrong; I don't think this needs to be an either/or scenario. I think both PGV and EWN ought to have had scheduled service before ISO, whose only advantage (that I know of) was its immense and deserted airport.