American 767 wrote:Bluegrass60 wrote:Anyone recall the PI Hub in DAY in the 80's? wondering if now might be the time to resurrect that concept...not at DAY...but at SDF? Kalamazoo, Lansing, GRR, TOL, FWA, SBB etc with southbound connections to MEM, BNA, BHM, Florida etc. Could add some E/W connections as well. A mini-hub with < 100 flights...ERJ 175. Thoughts?
I think that there would be more change for a PIT mini hub to work, or at least a focus city, than a DAY mini hub to work because PIT was a US Air major hub before, even though it's close to PHL and DCA. I think that a daily PIT-LAX could work, or at least 5x weekly, and a daily PIT-BOS on Eagle could work also. The A319 would be a good fit on PIT-LAX and the ERJ-175 would be a good fit on PIT-BOS. And as mentioned in another thread, American does some MX work on Airbus equipment in PIT.
I think the days of hubs, particularly for AA in modest size cities are done. Just look at what has happened to CLE, CVG, MEM, PIT, RDU, STL over the past couple of decades. The current hub system of AA serves all areas of the country fairly well. PIT is a very nice airport and was a great airport to connect through (I remember the gym) but it will never return to it's heyday. Possibly an ULCC might make it a focus city.