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What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:58 am

What airline has the best US hub?

As far as connections, location and overall best experience.

Sorry about not clarifying it.

[Edited 2013-04-17 19:25:12]
 
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:03 am

I'd say DFW, MIA and ATL are the strongest hubs in the US.

IAH, DCA, CLT and PHL and maybe DTW are probably in the second tier.
 
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:11 am

Best? As in best performing? Or best location? Or best services? Maybe this thread should be moved to the Travel Polls and Preferences section...

The largest hubs in the US are: ATL, DFW, CLT, IAH.

Before I lived in CLT, I've always liked connecting in DTW, CLE, and CLT. All three airports have one thing in common: All flights (more/less) are contained in one section of the terminal, and you don't have to take any people movers to connect (a la ATL/DEN/MCO), although you could if you wanted to in DTW.
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:13 am

It depends on how you define "best."

If "best" is defined as the hub that caters to the widest possible range of destinations, and the broadest possible connectivity (routes, frequency, capacity, etc.), then I think ATL is obviously the winner. On sheer depth and breadth, the singular strength and power of what DL has there is breathtaking. AA at DFW would probably be the "silver medal" in that regard.

If "best" is defined as the hub with the most unique and irreplaceable position, then I think the winner would be MIA. MIA is the singular hub between the U.S. and South and Central America, and such a clear winner that no other hub can ever come close. The dominance of MIA as the prime U.S. gateway to Latin America is greater than any other U.S. gateway has with any particular respective global region (i.e., JFK to Europe, SFO to Asia, etc.).

If "best" is defined as the hub that is most convenient and comfortable to navigate and travel to/from/through, then the answer is infinitely debatable and subjective. We all have our own choices.
 
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:57 am

I would say Delta at ATL is number 1. UA at ORD would be number 2 imo.
 
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:19 am

Quoting commavia (Reply 3):
On sheer depth and breadth, the singular strength and power of what DL has there is breathtaking

  

ATL's sheer size is impressive and unparalleled. It truly is a world class hub.
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:23 pm

DL at ATL, AA at DFW, UA at DEN -- my favs at least.
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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:31 pm

Quoting commavia (Reply 3):

  

This is the only correct answer.

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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:50 pm

Like many others above, I would say ATL, CLT, ORD.

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RE: What US Airline Has The Best Hub?

Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:09 am

In terms of reliability, I remember reading the PHX was the best. (Weather most often good, so minimal delays).

That said, PHX really isn't the destination on top of most people's lists. Neither is ATL for that matter.

ORD is one of the most practical in terms of location and business. But weather is often a factor.
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