Chi-town
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BMI (Central Illinois Regional Airport) History

Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:37 pm

I knew that Frontier used to be here but dont know which cities served?? And AA used to have a STL route (currently, only ORD). Any other airlines that used to fly to BMI?

Currently:

AirTran (MCO, ATL)
AA Connection (ORD)
United Express (ORD)
Mesaba (DTW)
Delta Connection (ATL)
 
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RE: BMI (Central Illinois Regional Airport) History

Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:51 am

I'm sure you probably already know this, but TW had a route, hence the AA STL route.
I almost flew it once, too. I was on AA BOS-ORD-PIA in 1997, but was reaccommodated on TW BOS-STL-PIA due to weather. But then the STL-PIA leg had a mx issue. Two people got to get onto the STL-BMI flight instead, and were then bussed to PIA, but I didn't get to the podium fast enough. Ironic because I had plans to drive down from PIA to STL the next day - could have just stayed there, I guess, but didn't want to spend the money on a rental car. So I just flew up after the mx issue was finally fixed, slept a few hours, and drove right back the next morning.
 
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RE: BMI (Central Illinois Regional Airport) History

Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:36 am

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
I knew that Frontier used to be here but dont know which cities served??

If I remember correctly it was a DEN-OMA-BMI flight. Then the return the same. I also can remember a few times when F9 had to run DEn-OMA-BMI-IND. I was in the terminal at BMI and they would be on the manual departure boards. What a change that airport has seen with the new terminal.
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RE: BMI (Central Illinois Regional Airport) History

Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:53 am

It would be nice to see some photos of and from the new terminal. I think I have only seen one so far since it opened.
 
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RE: BMI (Central Illinois Regional Airport) History

Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:00 am

Here are some pictures of the "new" terminal. It is five years old now.

http://www.cira.com/newterminal.htm

Delta Connection had been running to MCO recently. Not sure if they will come back later or not.

Prior post was correct that F9 was BMI-OMA-DEN. The flights were very poorly timed, with departure around 5:00 am and return around midnight.The airport authority has been trying to get F9 express back for several years, with no avail.

Also, we had BMI-STL with very high frequency back in the TWA days (up to 10 flights a day), and even had BMI-STL with AA up until last year.

We used to have Mesaba to MSP. If I remember right, the routes were MSP-BMI-PIA-MSP along with DTW-BMI-PIA-DTW triangle routes. At some point, they decided best to only do BMI-DTW and PIA-MSP.

Back in the mid 90's we had BMI-BNA on AE. That was a long flight in a J31.

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