wedgetail737 wrote:We have seen others like SBA, SBP, STS, BLI, etc. see modest to significant increases in airline service.
32andBelow wrote:PAE is in the middle of a huge city. Many of those cities you listed are in the middle of nowhere
drdisque wrote:I think this is two separate discussions - one is rural airports and one is secondary airports. They're quite different.
Future air service at secondary airports really is in the hands of the airport operator and the surrounding community. For example, I have little doubt that CCR could support scheduled service if the airport actively pursued it. However, they don't have the facilities and the community doesn't want a big airline terminal in their town, so they don't.
Rural airports, especially ones within 4 hours driving distance of a major airport and those without a large company headquarters or university in their town, or some sort of tourism appeal, are in a death spiral.
RJMAZ wrote:Noise and curfews will kill any significant increase of airline traffic at small local airports. I can imagine the protests from all the NIMBY's.
A huge percentage of traffic at most hubs are short domestic routes, most of which aren't connecting to an international flight. Once electric propulsion arrives we'll see airlines avoiding the big hubs for this domestic traffic. We'll see true point to point routes open up of small secondary airport to small secondary airport.
The current large airports will remain for medium haul and international traffic. With reduced feeder flights.
KD5MDK wrote:What is your definition of short for this analysis? Is it less than 200 miles, less than 400, less than 1k? Just trying to picture what that means.
Also, what percentage are you thinking of when you say huge? To me that could mean anything from 20% to 70%, which is a very large variance.
For example, if someone in Memphis needed to get to LA, would you call that medium haul? Would they have a connection likely?
How about between Charleston SC & Pittsburgh? Do they fly P2P? Do they connect in ATL or CLT on larger aircraft?
I'm not disagreeing with you necessarily, just trying to picture exactly what you're expecting.
wedgetail737 wrote:32andBelow wrote:PAE is in the middle of a huge city. Many of those cities you listed are in the middle of nowhere
Not really, SEA is much closer to Downtown Seattle, whereas PAE is a roughly 40 miles north of Seattle. Everett is not a huge city, but there is a lot of people between downtown Seattle and, say, Arlington, WA.
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