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Local Dominant Carrier Then And Now

Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:06 pm

What was the dominant airline at your home airport growing up? What is it now?

In Boston, DL and NW both had mini hubs in the mid 80's. Now, B6 is dominant b
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RE: Local Dominant Carrier Then And Now

Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:23 pm

In CLT, the dominant carrier was Piedmont, then US Airways, soon to be American. Pretty much the dominant carrier just changed due to mergers. I think Eastern had a largish operation there back in the day, too.

Just for fun, I'll do other places I've lived, too. At RDU, my home airport when I was in college, there was the AA hub back in the mid 80s to the early 90s, then Midway hubbed there and AA kept it as a focus city for a while. After Midway went under and AA shrunk Southwest took the top spot, although I don't know if anyone could really be called "dominant". From what I've read here Delta has been expanding at RDU over the past few years, too. I'm not sure which one is bigger now.

At my current home airport, SMF, Southwest is clearly dominant today with slightly over 50% market share. Since I only moved here in 2005 I don't really know who was big here before that. Perhaps someone could help fill me in. I get the feeling United used to be much bigger here than they are now, and they're still a very distant second. I also wouldn't be surprised if someone like AirCal was a big carrier here in the old days.
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RE: Local Dominant Carrier Then And Now

Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:02 pm

In SJU, I was born and EA was the ruler (though it went bankrupt before I could even remember seeing it). AA filled the void and became the main airline. Fast forward to 2007, AA started pulling back but left MQ/OW as the dominant one, until slowly but surely B6 became the dominant carrier.

As for STL (my current airport), needless to say how TWA was the dominant carrier until taken by AA which pulled back service and allowed WN to become the main dominant carrier here.
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