Both of these hubs remained and did not fail until after the merger with USAir. BWI was even a strong hub for US for a good four years before WN came to town, and they put up a good fight for a couple of more years IIRC. SYR was another Piedmont hub inherited from Empire that was dehubed soon after the merger with US.
CLE and MIA could be considered failed hubs for UA
MCO could too. They tried it as a hub around the same time as DL but it didn't last long and lasted much longer for DL.
DAY became a hub for Piedmont Airlines, having not even been served by the airline previously, if I recall correctly. They funneled a number of East Coast cities and Midwest cities into the airport for an east-west transfer hub.
Yup, it opened on 7/1/82 as a hub from day one. Similiar to the early days of the CLT hub it connected small cities in the Midwest (as opposed to the South) to big NE cities and FL. Eventually it landed LAX and SFO too with 727s then 737s and IIRC maybe even DEN?
But technically a hub is 30% to 70% of outgoing passengers are connecting.
Really? I am guessing this means LAX and JFK are not technically hubs for anyone then (with the possible exception of B6 at JFK).
And on the other end of the spectrum CLT isn't either, since approximately 80% of their passengers are connecting.
Is RDU the only airport that is busier/bigger now than during it's hub years?
It may be busier in terms of passengers and maybe even flights, but I am wondering if it had more capacity (ASMs) when it was a hub for AA. It seems the new terminal at RDU is at least half RJs. AA flew mostly S80, 727 and a few DC10s, 757s and 767s. It was almost all jet with only a few Eagle flights to very small regional cities. How many fights did AA have versus WN now?
Vanguard, Midwest Airlines, Braniff, and Eastern all tried using MCI as a hub and failed. MCI is not an airport that's optimally set up for connecting flights, especially between different terminals. MCI also has never really been a large enough market to actually sustain a large hub in my opinion.
Looking at a map of the US it's easy to see why airlines would select MCI as an east/west connecting hub. If the right airline had set up a hub there at the right time it probably would have worked quite well.
If anyone could do a hub successfully at MCI it would be WN or DL. But "hub" is a dirty word at WN... The airport desperately needs renovations or a new terminal but the people of Kansas City don't understand the value of this. This time it's WN that's pushing for the new terminal though.
Hub may be a dirty word at WN but they have more hubs than any airline, approximately 15, including MCI which is why they are pushing for the new terminal. It is one of their weaker hubs though as far as connecting opportunities.
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