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Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:44 pm

I'm looking for airports that are busy in one season and quiet in the other. What are the most seasonal airports on this planet, and why?
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:51 pm

AviationJohn wrote:
I'm looking for airports that are busy in one season and quiet in the other. What are the most seasonal airports on this planet, and why?

Airports in Alaska are extremely seasonal due to tourism and fishing

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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:54 pm

You're going to need to be a lot more specific in size (passenger count) and location.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:56 pm

Burgas Airport in Bulgaria is sometimes considered the most seasonal airport in the world. Tons of seasonal routes, maybe only 1 or 2 year round.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgas_Airport
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:57 pm

There are the ski markets of the world that see very limited service outside of the winter.

You also have airports like JAC which are dual-seasonal (summer and winter) while being far quieter in the spring and fall.

I agree though, you need more specificity on what you are looking for.
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:57 pm

One that comes to my mind is Girona, nearly all traffic is summer seasonal.

In the summer it's served by a good number of LCCs and holiday airlines, mostly folks going to the beaches in Lloret de Mar, Blanes, etc. In the past it served as a low-cost airport for Barcelona, but now that Barcelona airport welcomes the LCCs themselves Girona has kind of lost that role.

From what I could find out, Girona has only one year-round route. That's Pobeda to Moscow Vnukovo. All other flights into Girona are seasonal, with the peak being in the summer. That's when folks go on a summer holiday. In the winter the weather isn't good enough for that, it's too cold to hang out on the beach. Besides, everything in those beach towns is closed for renovation.

Reus is in a similar position by the way, with the only year-round being Ryanair to London Stansted. All other traffic is summer seasonal, it's folks going to the beaches in Salou, Cambrils, etc.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:03 pm

Antalya
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:09 pm

On the east coast of the United States, you have ACK (Nantucket) and MVY (Martha's Vineyard) in Massachusetts.

Year-round, you have Cape Air service between the islands, Hyannis and Boston. Once summer comes in, American (CLT, LGA, DCA, PHL), Delta (LGA), United (EWR) and JetBlue (BOS, JFK, LGA, HPN, DCA) all come in to ACK, and MVY gets American (CLT, LGA, DCA, PHL), Delta (LGA) and JetBlue (JFK, BOS, DCA). The E-Jets have been a popular choice amongst carriers lately due to the premium cabin (lots of wealthy people go to MVY/ACK for vacation) and their ability to use the short runways.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:13 pm

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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:13 pm

I would maybe say PSP is highly winter-seasonal. A fairly small town with large winter tourism. In PHX you have AA's hub and in Florida you at least normally have the summer beach traffic (as well as the theme park traffic at MCO and AA's hub at MIA) in addition to the winter snowbirds. PSP the summer demand is practically near-zero.
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:15 pm

Ibiza
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:28 pm

Here in Uruguay, Punta del Este (PDP) is a seasonal airport. During winter months, only 1 daily flight to AEP (Aerolineas Argentinas) + 2 weekly flights to GRU (LATAM). In summer, PDP has +6 daily flights to AEP (Aerolineas Argentinas + Flybondi), 2 weekly services to Rosario and Cordoba (Aerolineas), 2 weekly to Santiago (LATAM), at least 3 weekly to POA (Azul), at least 2 weekly to GRU (LATAM), plus tons of private flights. Quite a difference between seasons.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:36 pm

This is not going ot be a U.S. airport, it's going to be one of the Mediterranean airport.

Antalya, Bodrum, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca would be my guess.

I would say PMi with multiple daily widebodies, and multiple daily flights from German, British, Dutch and Scandinavian airpors in summertine.

Barcelona would be a good option too, but its more busy year round I would say.
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:48 pm

Santorini, Mykonos, and pretty much all the other secondary Greek island airports are heavily utilized in summer, but ghost towns in winter.

Greece has an insane number of level 3 slot controlled airports in the summer season for this very reason.

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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:54 pm

1337Delta764 wrote:
I would maybe say PSP is highly winter-seasonal. A fairly small town with large winter tourism. In PHX you have AA's hub and in Florida you at least normally have the summer beach traffic (as well as the theme park traffic at MCO and AA's hub at MIA) in addition to the winter snowbirds. PSP the summer demand is practically near-zero.


PSP is highly winter-seasonal but it at least maintains year-round service on all three major carriers (and AS) to SLC, SFO, PHX, DEN and SEA.

PHX and Florida are busier in winter but still remain pretty robust year-round. The theme parks in Florida remain pretty busy during a normal summer due to summer vacations. Lowest point of the year for Florida more in the fall when hurricanes are more likely and kids have just returned to school while it's still too early for snowbirds.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:04 pm

EGE Vail eagle county airport is extremely busy three months of the year and pretty dead the rest.

Winter you see 757s and a pretty significant number of seats, pretty dead except those three months. Might be one of the more extreme number of seats in one season airports.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:12 pm

Probably something like Mykonos (JMK) or one of the other Greek Islands. Outside of the summer season, there's only up to 1-2 daily Dash 8/ATR 72 to ATH, whilst in the Summer there's flights to Europe pretty much 24/7
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:13 pm

Sylt (GWT) in Germany maybe? Very small Airport, relatively much traffic in summer but winter should be pretty slow.
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:21 pm

This is a fun question so I pulled the industry data for all of the airports mentioned up through post #17. I looked at the total number of seats (instead of flights) and grouped based on four seasons: winter (Jan, Feb, Dec), spring (Mar, Apr, May), summer (Jun, Jul, Aug), fall (Sep, Oct, Nov). I realize those aren't perfect representations of travel patterns so if anyone has another suggestion (other that IATA seasons which I think is too broad since there are only 2) then I'm happy to hear it.

Note: I used the full year 2019 because 2020 is, well, I don't need to explain.

Anyway, of the airports mentioned so far, the winner is GST which receives 68.1% of its total seats between June and August. Other highly seasonal airports by this metric include:
MVY (66.8% of seats in summer)
BOJ (65.4% of seats in summer)
ACK (64.4% of seats in summer)
PDP (63.4% of seats in winter - Note: that's defined as NORTHERN winter, so Southern Summer)

Other popular guesses:
Antalya has about 38% of its seats in summer, 10% in winter, 22% in spring, and 28% in fall
Ibiza is a bit more seasonal with 45% in summer, 8% in winter, 21% in spring, and 25% in fall
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:23 pm

Skiathos, Greece (JSI) is extremely seasonal. The super-short runway doesn't help either.

And as mentioned, Palm Springs, USA (PSP) only maintains about a half-dozen routes yearround, but balloons to nearly 5x as many destinations (and a whole lot more frequency) during the winter.
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:30 pm

At MYR (Myrtle Beach, SC) I know G4 is all seasonal and most of NK is too.
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:37 pm

Heraklion?
 
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Re: Most seasonal airports

Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:32 pm

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Ibiza


Ibiza is not that seasonal. Under normal circumstances (before COVID), IBZ in winter has multiple daily flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Mallorca, a few weekly flights to other major Spanish cities (Valencia, Sevilla, Alicante, Bilbao) and almost-daily flight to LCY (BA Cityflyer) and some other random weekly flights depending on the year (last winter EW to DUS and HV to AMS; but Transavia for instance tried Paris flights a couple of years ago and it seems like they didn't work out). So that is probably 10-15 flights a day mostly flown with Airbus/Boeing.

As others have mentioned Mykonos and Santorini should top those charts. They only have ATH connections in winter. Specially Mykonos which only has Olympic (ATRs) to ATH and nothing else.

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