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Old 11-25-2019, 03:12 PM
Location: Atlanta
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Originally Posted by TD* View Post
I wish people would be loyal to their local airport and quit driving to surrounding areas.

It's all about the fares, Gainesville is in the same boat pretty much. Their advantage is that the are much closer to Jax, Tampa and Orlando for alternate options.
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:46 AM
Location: St. Louis
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I have family in Tally and they often drive to ECP because they have nonstop flights to their destination of choice whereas TLH does not. The time spent driving to ECP is basically equal to the layover and the hassle of connecting in a major hub is a big drawback in their opinion.
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Old 02-24-2020, 07:48 PM
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The debate about TLH airfares has gone on since the Wright Brothers invented airplanes. Without a customer volume, there is not going to be more service and there will be higher prices. The # of customers drives everything. I am of the belief that when I travel, particularly cross country or overseas, when I land back in the US on my final flight, I want to be home. I do not want to be in Atlanta or JAX or Orlando and still not be home. Worth the money to be at home without the added flight.

I also do not believe the savings are that great for single travelers to drive 5 hrs to ATL OR 3 hrs to JAX. Now if you are talking a family of 4-6, perhaps . . .
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:32 AM
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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I used to work down in the Panhandle. Smaller air carrier airports freak people for some reason, I guess they expect every airport to offer the same things ATL, DFW and LAX do. You have a lot of smaller airports along the coast, so the big thing there is convenience, but you also have to pay for that convenience.

I strongly recommend using your smaller local airport. You'll likely save money over the duration of the trip, especially if you can neutralize parking by having someone drop you off. The more people that use it, the more revenue they generate, the better the flights, the more options you have, and the cheaper it will eventually get.
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Old 02-28-2020, 08:32 PM
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I totally agree. Driving hours to another airport is a big time waste, not to mention gas cost and parking at the other airport.

If everyone would quit driving to other airports our flights would stay full and signal to the airlines demand is up. In turn, more demand = more planes and cheaper prices.
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