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What Is A Gateway City

Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:05 pm

I had a discussion with somebody today. I am still sure that a gateway airport (e.g. in the US) is the first airport you land on (or the last one you take off from) in that country or area. But he claims that that is not always the case. Sometimes it might be another airport enroute.

I know that I am right, but does anybody know where I can find the official definition, so I can show it to him?

Thanks,

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AeroMaxx
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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:28 pm

Quoting 764 (Thread starter):
I am still sure that a gateway airport (e.g. in the US) is the first airport you land on (or the last one you take off from) in that country or area.

A gateway airport is a major airport where people connect to flights to other international destinations. Example- JFK is a major gateway to Europe, Los Angeles is a major gateway to Asia and Oceania, and Miami is a major gateway to Latin America. This is just what I know, but someone else might know more than me!  Big grin
 
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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Sat Nov 11, 2006 2:46 am

Quoting AeroMaxx (Reply 1):
A gateway airport is a major airport where people connect to flights to other international destinations

I don't think a "Gateway" airport is limited to International embarkations or debarkations. Seattle is the gateway airport to Alaska.
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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:34 pm

There is no "official" definition of "gateway". The comments above cover most of the usual meanings. It's often used almost interchangeably with "hub", meaning a major airport with numerous routes feeding smaller cities. e.g. YYZ is AC's largest hub but it's also the primary "gateway" for most transatlantic carriers serving eastern Canada, while YUL is a secondary hub (although a larger origin/destination market for certain carriers, e.g. AF). YVR is the primary gateway for transpacific flights to Canada.

Smaller countries, e.g. most countries in Europe, usually have only one or sometimes two major gateways for longhaul traffic,meaning that most passengers travelling to/from other points in the country have to connect at one of the major gateways (hubs). The primary gateway and busiest airport is often the largest city in the country, but not always. For example, FRA and MUC are the two major gateways in Germany but FRA is only the 5th largest city and MUC the 3rd largest. (Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne are 1st, 2nd and 4th.)
 
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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:43 am

For a UK based individual looking at the USA the US gateway cities are those listed in Bermuda 2 as being accessible by either US or UK airlines from either or both of LHR and LGW. They are known as 'gateway cities' because if you want to fly to any other US city you need to transit one of them. However

Quoting 764 (Thread starter):
Sometimes it might be another airport enroute.

So, as an example UA920 is routed Denver-Washington-Heathrow, UA930 Los Angeles-San Francisco-Heathrow and UA928 Portland-Chicago-Heathrow. All but Portland are 'gateway' cities and, for example, BA flies to all except for Portland as Bermuda 2 does not allow them to fly to Portland from Heathrow or Gatwick.
 
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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:37 am

In the 1980's TWA and Northwest Orient/ Northwest had a Gateway City in Chicago.

TWA- To feed their ORD-LHR flight

Northwest Orient/ Northwest- To feed their ORD-NRT and ORD-SEL (Seasonal) flights

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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:05 am

My understanding is that the gateway is the airport that an airline is restricted to using for international service. YUL used to be the international gateway for eastern Canada, and some bilateral treaties still require flights from a certain country to first land in YUL. In the age of open-sky treaties, gateways are largely becoming antiquated.
 
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RE: What Is A Gateway City

Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:14 am

TWA1985, Buon Giorno!

Welcome to A.net man  Smile

The definitions above for "gateway" cities do make sense. If I may look at US for the time being... Look at their hubs: PHL, CLT, and PHX. PHL is the international hub for US, as they operate 30 daily flights that mostly go across the Atlantic but they also go to the Caribbean/Mexico. These flights are also supported by some 400 domestic flights, some providing connections for these international flights.

CLT is another smaller gateway to Europe, primarily the UK, and FRA, I believe. It also serves a bulk of the Caribbean cities.

PHX is the gateway to Mexico, with roughly a dozen Mexican cities served from PHX via US. US also serves 4 Hawaiian cities from PHX. LAS also has a few Mexican destinations served in addition to HNL. If/when US takes delivery of the A350 or 787, then PHX, as well as PHL, could serve as Asia gateways. PHX could serve as another gateway to Europe with such a plane, as has been discussed on here many times already.
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