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US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:43 pm

What is the largest non-hub airport in the US. What is the smallest hub airport?
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:07 pm

O.K., just a guess here: Now that it is no longer a hub for US Airways, I would have to guess Pittsburgh (PIT) is the largest airport (not necessarily the largest city) that does not serve as an airline hub. Just a guess. I wonder also about Orlando (MCO) which seems to me to be a pretty big airport but is not a hub.
 
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:14 pm

LAX is the largest O&D airport in the U.S., if not the world. While some airlines may technically count it as a "hub" (for the general population's information), it is not a true hub to any airline. "Focus-city-with-some-domestic-feed-for-long-haul-and/or-international-connections" is more appropriate.

In the U.S., MEM is the smallest hub in terms of flights and metropolitan area population.

World-wide, I would guess Dubai is the largest hub.
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:32 pm



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
In the U.S., MEM is the smallest hub

Is MEM smaller than MKE?
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:28 pm



Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 3):

Is MEM smaller than MKE?

Yes.

If you go with city populations, San Antonio is certainly the largest city in the US that lacks a hub, and San Diego is next. In terms of MSAs, Boston is the largest city which lacks a hub.
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:53 pm

I would have to say Dallas Love Field is the smallest hub for an airline.
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:45 am

As Honolulu is our hub and we are a small airline (HA) with 31 aircraft in our fleet, I think that qualifies it as the "smallest hub airport"

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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:51 pm

Los Angeles is definitely the largest metro area without any fortress hubs, but United does call LAX a hub, but they have a lot of competition there.
Other than that, Boston is the biggest metro area without anyone calling it a hub. Instead, it's a focus city for four airlines (jetBlue, American, Delta, US Airways).
A lot of people are saying Memphis, but the smallest hub in the U.S. is actually Anchorage. ANC is pretty dominated by Alaska Airlines (especially in winter). Anchorage is the 143rd-largest metro area in the United States with only 320,000 people. Even with that Memphis stat, the metro areas of Salt Lake City, Honolulu, and Anchorage are all smaller (although if you add Provo and Logan to SLC, then it passes Memphis).
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:09 pm



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
World-wide, I would guess Dubai is the largest hub.

sorry the worlds largest airline hub is in Atlanta Georgia for Delta Air Lines
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:07 pm

CMH, the smallest hub? (Skybus)
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:07 am



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
LAX is the largest O&D airport in the U.S., if not the world. While some airlines may technically count it as a "hub" (for the general population's information), it is not a true hub to any airline.

According to UA they consider LAX as a hub.
 
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:26 am

I would assume that BOS is the biggest airport that isn't a hub (as mentioned above, LAX is a hub for UA).

In terms of smallest hubs, probably CLE (if you're only looking at the legacies).
 
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:16 am



Quoting September11 (Reply 9):
CMH, the smallest hub? (Skybus)

I would agree, even though SX has focus cities instead of hubs. But CMH is their base, so that makes it count as a hub. SX dosn't even have 30 flights a day out of CMH yet.
 
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Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:43 am

Smallest hub, I bet, would be HYA and ACK for Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines Big grin
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:46 am

Just an FYI, the CMH metro area is larger than MKE or MEM metro areas.
 
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:59 am



Quoting RwSEA (Reply 11):
In terms of smallest hubs, probably CLE (if you're only looking at the legacies).

I thought CO was bigger in CLE than NW in MEM??? Another good one would be AA in STL.
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:50 am

LaGuardia is also not a hub, but has a lot of flights, and it's in New York city.
 
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:28 pm

Smallest hub: LAX for Alaska

Largest non hubs- SEA for NWA
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:57 pm



Quoting United319 (Reply 15):
Another good one would be AA in STL.

...also bigger than NW in MEM, last I checked (in terms of total number of flights).
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:05 am



Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 1):
O.K., just a guess here: Now that it is no longer a hub for US Airways, I would have to guess Pittsburgh (PIT) is the largest airport (not necessarily the largest city) that does not serve as an airline hub.

Wow... it only took the first reply for someone to post PIT as the largest non-hub airport.

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 1):
Just a guess. I wonder also about Orlando (MCO) which seems to me to be a pretty big airport but is not a hub.

MCO certainly beats PIT in that regard. It's bigger than PHL by about 3 million pax and contains numerous focus cities (DL, WN, FL) I can't think of any other airlines that have focus cities there. Did US used to have a small focus city there at one point?
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:54 am

I probably don't know what I'm talking about but I'm going to take a stab at MCI being the largest Non-hub
 
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:30 am



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 19):
Did US used to have a small focus city there at one point

Yeah before they went into BK around 2000 they did. Then it went downhill from there.
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RE: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:48 pm



Quoting United319 (Reply 21):
Yeah before they went into BK around 2000 they did. Then it went downhill from there.

I thought they went into BK in 2002. There was a threat of an FA strike in 2000 though. My highschool marching band flew down to MCO between 4-8 and 4-13, and I was scheduled on one of the N/S USAir flights. Of course, with the imposing strike, it almost became likely that some students would be flying (those booked on DL via ATL) while the others had to select another means of transportation.

Luckily, something was resolved and there was no strike. I did request to fly down on DL, but I got stuck with US. Of course, I got my first flight on a 734 and a 757, but the folks on DL had a 763 on the ATL-MCO link.

Anyway, I remember looking up airport info on those airline information booklets from the seat in front of me, and it had a description of all the key bases in US system. There was PIT, PHL, LGA, BWI, BOS, and DCA, but there was also MCO, and a few others. I think it was because they all had at least one US Airways club. I believe MCO still has a US club...
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Re: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:05 am

I am not 100% sure but i remember my friend, who was knowledgable on this top saying that BOS was largest non hub airport in US. I have seen a few other people post that as an answer as well, so it must be def in the running. Smallest HUB i am not sure, i would agree with probably Anchorage, AK.
 
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Re: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:53 am

Not sure if anyone mentioned Dayton...many years ago it was a US Air hub.
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Re: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:38 am

LAS.. if you believe WN does not have hubs.
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Re: US: Largest Non-hub/ Smallest Hub

Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:20 am

This thread is 8 years old... Amazing how times have changed.

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