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Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:12 pm

Using a base for growth, SRQ has added STL on FL, is slated for MCI and MKE if the Midwest takeover occurs.
B6 has added another JFK flight commencing in the fall and will eventually look at other destinations.
USA3000 has chosen the market and is coming in with ORD, CLE and DTW in December.
Mike Boyd predicts SRQ to grow faster than any other US airport through 2012.
SRQ growth is now at about 20% per month versus the same month last year.
Will the SRQ growth sustain itself or is it an anomile?

Are any airports growing faster in America and who are they in terms of percentage?
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:26 pm

Usualy they are short bursts and then they flatten out..note BMI in the late 1990s....Some cites can sustain double digit growth for a long time but only if they have amazing economic growth and or a large employer.
 
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:36 pm

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 1):
Usualy they are short bursts and then they flatten out..note BMI in the late 1990s....Some cites can sustain double digit growth for a long time but only if they have amazing economic growth and or a large employer.

SRQ is a fast growing population area with enough distance from TPA that growth has become a major component. Out west, you could argue a similar case for both PHX and LAS. SLC saw a spike in growth in 2005 when DL did a major hub adjustment with closing the hub at DFW. In 2006 it retreated slightly, but for 2007 is on course to perhaps beset the 2005 record year largely due to O&D growth rather than connecting traffic growth.
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:48 pm

As bizarre as this is to say, at one point in the last couple of years, Bakersfield, California, claimed to be the fastest growing airport in the United States.

By using statistics, it was probably true - it went from just United Express to SFO and LAX (after AA's DFW pull-out) to multiple destinations on different "express" airlines (HP to PHX & LAS, DL to SLC, CO to IAH, and XE to SAN). However, such is the joy of statistics - a 25% yearly growth sounds impressive, but when an airport is starting almost from zero, any increase looks dramatic.
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:32 am

Believe it or not, FNT has been near the top in recent years. More or less, due to additional service from FL and NW which has leveled off some. AA (Eagle) re-entering the market with ORD, and soon to launch DFW & LGA has helped raise the numbers significantly.

FNT is a very economically depressed town in a economicly depressed region. However they have done an excellent job of becoming a DTW alternative, particularly for the Northern suburbs/exurbs and also for stealing a huge about of traffic from other Mid-Michigan airports (MBS & LAN particularly) as have a good number of destinations and air fares for an airport of its size.

Very true that these numbers can be distorted for a number of reasons. Some airports are so small that one new airline entering the market will dramaticly raise the enplanements and then show a huge growth rate.
Some growth is due to increased air service, longer term growth is more or less a reflection of the growth in the local population and economy.

Example being some of the rediculous growth rates small airports in the Mid-Atlantic & Southeast showed when Independence Air launched a few years back. Then when DH collapsed, they showed huge declines and were portrayed to be in dire shape, which was far from the truth. In reality, there is a story being all of the numbers.
 
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:32 am

I think FLL is one of the fastest growing too.
 
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:53 am

Quoting USADreamliner (Reply 5):
I think FLL is one of the fastest growing too.

MCO is actually the busiest in Florida, even exceeding MIA thanks to the theme parks, conventions, WN, FL and a whole host of other reasons. FLL has become the MIA alternative for south Florida though, and PBI will also continue its growth.
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:44 am

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 6):
MCO is actually the busiest in Florida, even exceeding MIA thanks to the theme parks, conventions,

Busiest, but not the fastest growing. I would expect that FLL is the either the first or second fastest growing airport in Florida, but it's getting to the point where it can't handle all of the growth.
 
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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:40 am

Is AUS anywhere in here? They are at a point where they are running out of space and are going to need to expand soon.

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RE: Americas Fastest Growing Airport(s)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:18 am

MCO is busy growing but FLL is faster and will have to stop soon. For Florida:

FLL
SRQ
MCO

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