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Old 12-20-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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And Yeager didn't "add the same exact direct flight to Orlando that Tri-state has had for the last few years." Through Allegiant Air, Tri-State offered a non-stop flight to Orlando-Sanford International which is much further from the main tourist areas (Disney World complex) than Orlando International. AirTran came to Yeager last summer and began offering non-stop flights to the much larger and much closer Orlando International Airport where they have a hub. Lo and behold who recently ended up adding service to Orlando International? Allegiant out of Tri-State Airport....
My point here was that they were adding a flight to serve the same market that Tri-state was already serving rather than looking for a different market. Tri-State was looking to add a North-East/NYC as a direct flight but as soon as Charleston did so, that decreased the likelihood that the NE flight would be NYC but they are looking at other markets instead to better serve the area.



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But my main point is that such a post clearly demonstrates this attitude that many Huntington residents (along with other parts of the state) have long had that Charleston is always working to bring them down. Not the case.
As long as Charleston maintains power the way they currently do in the state, if things don't take shape as planned because "permission isn't given" from Charleston so to speak, things will be seen as partly being Charleston's fault for lack of action. That's the nature of the beast. Take the pension issue for example. The way things are set up, Huntington couldn't refinance the pension debt they had without new legislation to do so and it was about to cause a financial strain on the city. Several attempts had been made by local delegates to fix the issue, but it died ever time. Finally, enough support was garnered and this issue has now been fixed. If cities were allowed home rule, I think you would see this mind set decrease some.

And I didn't necessarily mean that intially comment in a bad way. Friendly competition is good for the public in that it typically results in better offerings. As long as Yeager maintains their market without using the significant political power thet have behind them to do so, I have no problem with it. Competition can often breed success if done in the right way. Take the Orlando flight for example. I still wish they would have chosen another market, but it resulted in a better flight for people flying out of Tri-State.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Agreed. The addition of a flight from Tri-State to the much larger and much more convenient Orlando International Airport (which Yeager offered a flight to first) will help with boardings at that respective airport. It isn't the them vs us issue that people all around the state always make it out to be. Kind of like how everyone blames Washington for their problems. Elect better representatives in both cases if you feel underserved.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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My point here was that they were adding a flight to serve the same market that Tri-state was already serving rather than looking for a different market. Tri-State was looking to add a North-East/NYC as a direct flight but as soon as Charleston did so, that decreased the likelihood that the NE flight would be NYC but they are looking at other markets instead to better serve the area.





As long as Charleston maintains power the way they currently do in the state, if things don't take shape as planned because "permission isn't given" from Charleston so to speak, things will be seen as partly being Charleston's fault for lack of action. That's the nature of the beast. Take the pension issue for example. The way things are set up, Huntington couldn't refinance the pension debt they had without new legislation to do so and it was about to cause a financial strain on the city. Several attempts had been made by local delegates to fix the issue, but it died ever time. Finally, enough support was garnered and this issue has now been fixed. If cities were allowed home rule, I think you would see this mind set decrease some.

And I didn't necessarily mean that intially comment in a bad way. Friendly competition is good for the public in that it typically results in better offerings. As long as Yeager maintains their market without using the significant political power thet have behind them to do so, I have no problem with it. Competition can often breed success if done in the right way. Take the Orlando flight for example. I still wish they would have chosen another market, but it resulted in a better flight for people flying out of Tri-State.
OK but Tri-State doesn't even have service to major hubs like Washington-Dulles, Atlanta, or Chicago-O'Hare. If there was sufficient demand for a route that could turn a profit there is no way the airlines would be turning it down. Charleston had service to the NYC area in the 80s and then re-instated it with American Eagle.
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