Tuesday, April 03, 2012

THE Cleveburgh Airport

So just as Pittsburgh potentially loses ever more flights we learn via the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Southwest Airlines to fly from Akron-Canton to Chicago.  Made me wonder what the trends have been at the three major Cleveburgh airports and I am not sure if the picture I come up with below surprises me or not.  The thing that struck me is that Akron is not all that much smaller than Pittsburgh when it comes to the number of flights. I really thought it was much smaller relative to PIT.  Anyway....  maybe it is too early to judge, but we will track this to see how much impact the airport's advertising in Ohio is having. 


Blogger Mr. Moderate said...

Cleveland's day of reckoning is coming. They are the last mid-continent hub in a mid-size market that has not seen significant downsizing. Columbus, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Memphis have all lost their hubs or seen it significantly downsized in the past decade. That leaves Cleveland which is currently protected by a two year commitment from United-Continental to maintain service. That expires in 2013 then it will be interesting to see how much capacity constraints at Newark and O'Hare factor into preserving service, or if they will take the hub costs out of their system and shift things to Dulles.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 9:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't mention that Southwest is also adding a daily non-stop from Canton-Akron to Denver. That is very interesting, as it will equal the service Southwest offers from PIT to DEN.

Also interesting that, as a result of the merger with Airtran, Southwest is beefing up service at Canton-Akron, while it is ending service to Harrisburg. I'm sure Chris can tell us all of the market demographics, but the assumption is that Southwest wants to drive Central Pennsylvanians to its existing service at PHL and BWI. I wonder why it is making a different calculation with Canton-Akron?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how you define "not that much smaller". Your graph looks like its about 3,000 flights a month. Not a small number.

Another way to compare is how USA Today does it. It compares average daily seats available to domestic airports. This is useful, because number of flights data does not capture size of plane; i.e, many more seats on a 737 or A321 as opposed to a Canadair Regional Jet. By USA Today's latest measure, updated in January (found here--you can look at every significant US airport: http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/airline-capacity-map.htm), PIT has a daily average of just over 13,000 seats available. Canton-Akron has just under 3,000.

For comparison's sake, Cleveland has 16,100 daily seats, Columbus has 11,400, and Cincinnati has 11,100. Someone else mentioned Memphis, now just under 13,000, and St. Louis, still at almost 23,000. Interestingly, Kansas City offers 18,000 seats a day. Good to be a mid-sized city all alone on the prarie, I suppose.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Don't forget Youngstown-Warren. I attended a couple of advisory committee meetings and they expect to add flights this year.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:36:00 PM  
Blogger m WIlson said...

It's amazing that Clevebugh has not gone the way of other Metro areas. Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Northeast Ohio-Western pa haven't thought to close their small outdated airports and focus on maybe two new facilities. This region supports close to 5 million people and poach business by competing against each other. The transportation options are limited and need restructuring. Affordable transportation, access to jobs, and once again mobility brings prosperity.

Friday, April 20, 2012 1:27:00 AM  

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