alo2yyz wrote:NWAESC wrote:DBQ is an interesting one; it has a (relatively) decent catchment area, and has several airports just far enough away to not be practical (eg CID, LSE, MSN).
Eh. The thing about DBQ is that of the metro areas around there, it is by far the smallest. Aside from a John Deere plant, there's not much going on. With business and university travel next to nil, this doesn't surprise me. DBQ is well-connected by four-lane expressways to ALO, CID, and MLI (not that I would want to do it in the winter). LSE and MSN are rather unpleasant drives (winding two lanes) from DBQ.
Pretty much everyone I know in the area drives to RST, CID, or MLI for domestic flights, regardless of if it's business or personal travel. Many at LSE go to MSP. The fares out of LSE/ALO/DBQ are high, and the flights are infrequent (but somewhat better at LSE than the other two). The three smaller airports suffer from a self-fulfilling prophecy of no demand + limited frequency because of high fares, and high fares + limited supply because of no demand.
DBQ is also a very expensive airport to fly from. Fares are ALWAYS higher than the surrounding airports. ORD is only about 2.5-3 hours away too, so by the time you drive 90 minutes to CID or MLI or MSN you might as well drive to ORD.
(MSN also has a decent 4 lane highway now from DBQ)