Lol, ok, as a Detroiter I don't know what's worse to listen to... People's reactions to the horror show that is someone suggesting DTW could do more to attract other airlines, or, and in my opinion, way worse, people stereotyping Detroit as a dumpster fire of a city to go to...
And that is what I choose to focus my next few sentences on.
The issue with the internet is everyone can hide who or what they actually are. I'm positive that many of these posters dumping on Detroit or Michigan, but Detroit especially, are either childish av geeks who know nothing about the city or are stubborn bores who also have no idea because they have never visited the city.. but I'm sure are experts because they have a cousin who lived in Detroit for 6 months in 1998.
Let me put you straight. Its true.. the city isnt the sprawling global hub like NYC, it hasn't got the beaches and palm trees of Miami, it doesn't have the celebrity appeal of Los Angeles, It hasn't got the charm of Charleston or Savannah, it doesn't have the popularity of Austin or Portland.. but to think that just because it hasn't got that "brand appeal" as cities like those above do.... That's just plain stupid ignorance. Laughably stupid.
Detroit is more and more becoming a "cool" place to be, not something a keyboard crusader would ever care about but for those people who actually like to explore new places, go to places with history etc, Detroit is certainly the blossoming place to visit. New skyscrapers are being built by the Hudson group, beautiful and chic hotels are opening, the once derelict and abandoned buildings that once were thriving during the motown heydays are being repurposed and recused by big players like Ford.
The downtown, new center and university districts are full of "lofts" and apartments full of Doctors, med students, young engineers and IT folk thanks to DMC, Henry Ford, GM, Google, Quicken, Wayne State Uni etc ...these people bring with them disposable income which brings restaurants, shopping, bars.
They instagram every meal at every trendy new night spot, visitors coming downtown for games take selfies next to urban artist murals, Netflix documentaries give the once proud and wealthy city a gritty underdog feel, coming back from knockout punches like Kwame, the housing collapse and subsequent problems in the motor industry and eventual bankruptcy.
Then look at the surrounding cities in the immediate area... Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, Rochester etc... Booming towns with history, luxury hotels, highly rated restaurants,bars and entertainment, most on the same street that goes straight to the heart of downtown Detroit (Woodward). Then you have Ann Arbor which is a great little university town with a huge medical presence and an affluent demographic.
..oh but Detroit is so unsafe.. I hear its the"murder capital of America" (insert eye roll) ... yes the city has crime issues, just like any other big city in the USA, or anywhere. How many people on this forum have heard about the tragic gun violence plaguing Chicago? Yet how many people honestly avoid traveling to the city because of it...
True the "regeneration" of the city hasn't hit the poorer neighborhoods and of course crime is rampant and the poverty and homelessness is a crisis, however this again is prevalent in a lot of cities and its a crisis that will sadly always need attention throughout America and a lot of western countries in general. Yet things are actually slowly being done, taking out politics which I'm sure delays things, a lot of the neighborhoods are pooling together to clean up streets, turn open lots into urban farms, clean up grassland that otherwise would be overgrown. Some even turn derelict eye sores into art projects.
And this is where the history of Detroit stumbles the uneducated... it allows people, ignorant people who want to sound knowledgeable, to make silly remarks about how nasty and crappy the city must be. After all it went bankrupt, half the population left leaving just criminals and every other building is currently on fire. If that's you... Then firstly go research your comment before typing it, secondly, come to Detroit and look for yourself. Please. Even if your not looking for cool restaurants or fancy bars, at least come see how wrong you are about the city being akin to a wild west ghost town with tumble weeds rolling thru abandoned motor plants.
And for those who think that airlines are only flying people from one city to another city... again... educate yourself because that's a childish and ignorant thought process.
I travel from a city 1.5hrs north of Detroit to a city 2hrs north of London, I use the Detroit to London flight as its the closest city pair to what I actually want... otherwise I'd be flying from Flint MI to Birmingham UK if I could. Detroit serves a lot of the state for air travel and Michigan is once again becoming more affluent, the new generation of wealthy adults do not all depend on the motor industry like the generations before them.
And then you have the state itself as a destination.. Michigan is more than Detroit, its a beautiful state with more coastline than any other state except Alaska, it has everything. Hot summers, Snowy Winters and everything that comes with those... Water sports, snowboarding, skiing. It has dozens of sleepy little coastal towns, vineyards, tons of breweries...I could go on.
So to smash the city of Detroit because..."no-one wants to go there"... You are basically showing your ignorance and lack of knowledge on the subject matter.
I do have many opinions on the aviation plight of Detroit too, much as I do about BHX in England, I'm 37 and worked at both airports for major airlines, however unless you are actually present in meetings that take place between executives, airlines, handling agents etc... It will always be guesswork and speculating on our part. Even if you think you know something or something is "obvious" ...And that goes both ways for any airport and airline... Just because there may be a glaringly big reason for an airline NOT to fly to a city, like Detroit, it doesn't mean something might not change later on, and doesn't mean its ridiculous not to hope and wish. Case and point...how many people a few years ago wouldve thought WOW or Icelandair would move into airports like Kansas City, Detroit, Cleveland etc... Yet they came and people used them. I know personally 4 families who historically only ever traveled to Disney in Florida from Mid Michigan or drove to Tennessee or went to visit family in San Diego..but when they heard about this new airline called WOW they thought that maybe Europe was not beyond their reach... They did a budget, planned it and had the best trips..one family went to Stratford upon E
Avon and London in England, one ended up in Bavaria in Germany and the others I think ended up in southern Europe... All because of one airline and the curiosity it created... Or as we know it as Market Stimulation! That's just a simple real life experience I have, and it doesn't mean that would happen if airlines like TK, EI, EK, etc would start services to Detroit or if DL started new routes like MAN... but equally airlines research stuff and have access to data that we don't so don't write off something happening because it doesn't make sense to you.
My rant is over, but my points stand... unless you know the facts and have a balanced opinion based on experience, don't state things you have no clue about. Don't discredit a city and its value based on its past, and don't assume things because of what you "think", or remember from something that happened a decade ago...It is degrading to the citizens and workers who are proud of the work they have put in to help revitalize a once dying and bankrupt city..
I personally would like to see TK, QR, BA come to DTW, I'm sure at some point something may change to make it happen, but for now I'm happy with what I have and have optimism for the future. Some of you should try that...