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Old 11-13-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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CLT is the 8th busiest airport in the country, and Charlotte is the 38th largest urban area. CLT has 4 times the passengers as AUS (Austin) a comparable size urban area.

Are you afraid that may change with the airline merger?
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Honestly I want the merger. Dallas and Charlotte will be most likely the two primary hubs for the airline. Also September having a 5.6% increase in flights can back up the fact that CLT is one of the nations fastest growing airports. Plus if you've been to CLT lately they are adding more terminals, new parking decks and continuing with an overall expansion for the hub. In my eyes there is about a 90% chance this will be an amazing thing for the airport and the city. The thing I'm worried about is the debate going on now for the ownership of the airport.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Charlotte-Douglas is expected to become one of the fastest growing airports in the country within a couple of years. If anything were to change, AA/USAir would've already announced it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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Only worried about the political games on who controls the airport...reason for CLT growth has been the low cost/passenger (offered to airlines).
Unfortunately when politicians get involved, that cost advantage will go out the window...
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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It was of more concern years back when USAirways was in bankruptcy.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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Charlotte-Douglas is expected to become one of the fastest growing airports in the country within a couple of years. If anything were to change, AA/USAir would've already announced it.
Personally, I think that airlines lie through their teeth before a merger and swear on a stack of bibles that nothing will change. It is 6 months after the merger that they begin their real consolidation.

At the same time, American is unlikely to disturb their Caribbean and South American operations out of Miami, but their Miami-Europe operations is only 5 destination:
1) London–Heathrow,
2) Paris–Charles de Gaulle,
3) Barcelona,
4) Madrid,
5) Milan-Malpensa (begins November 21, 2013)

It is a possibility that they will continue to expand Charlotte to Europe, either at the expense of Miami (or they simply won't grow Miami any faster).

USAir already has a pretty large set of destinations CLT-Europe
1)Frankfurt,
2)London–Heathrow,
3)Paris–Charles de Gaulle,
4)Rome–Fiumicino,
5)Dublin,
6)Madrid,
7)Barcelona (begins May 22, 2014),
8)Lisbon (begins May 22, 2014),
9)Manchester (UK) (begins May 22, 2014),
10)Brussels (begins June 5, 2014),

It seems difficult to believe that AA/US will maintain European flights from five East Coast airports BOS, JFK, PHL, CLT, MIA. (although Boston is limited to seasonal flights to Paris)
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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CLT to be one of the fastest-growing U.S. airports, analyst says - Charlotte Business Journal
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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Charlotte doesn't have to worry about the merger. Phoenix and Philadelphia are the two airports / cities that need to be concerned (and Phoenix moreso).
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:48 AM
 
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Philadelphia ain't going anywhere. You are talking about one of the largest metro areas in the US and one of the few airports in the Northeast that has room for both domestic and international flights.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:29 AM
 
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CLT is the 8th busiest airport in the country, and Charlotte is the 38th largest urban area. CLT has 4 times the passengers as AUS (Austin) a comparable size urban area.

Are you afraid that may change with the airline merger?
CLT is the 23rd largest MSA which is better indicator of existing and potential O/D traffic:

List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Because of Charlotte's geographic location and continued growth, I don't foresee the hub status changing. However a major slowdown in growth or transformation in local business dynamics...who knows?
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