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Old Posted Mar 31, 2015, 4:56 PM
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February 2015 traffic data released.

Some points I found interesting:
  • "Total passenger traffic for February 2015 was 738,355, up 8% compared to February 2014"
  • "Total passenger traffic for January – February YTD was 1,517,836, up 7% compared to January – February 2014"
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2015, 5:28 PM
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February 2015 traffic data released.

Some points I found interesting:
  • "Total passenger traffic for February 2015 was 738,355, up 8% compared to February 2014"
  • "Total passenger traffic for January – February YTD was 1,517,836, up 7% compared to January – February 2014"
At this rate by the time they finish the east gate expansion it will be time to expand again!

With the state forecasted to double it's population by 2050 an airline should jump at the opportunity to make Austin a hub. Delta anyone?
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2015, 5:34 PM
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Anyone but Delta honestly. I don't think I've ever had a positive experience with that airline. There's a reason my mileage plan on SkyTeam is with KE. I'd be open to United or American though, which I know is unlikely given our positions relative to the American and United hubs
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As much as a hub would be cool, I kinda like that ABIA isn't a true hub. It shows how strong we are as a O&D airport.

If we become a hub I'd like to see something other than the typical domestic big carriers of which have slimmed down some of their hubs over the past few years as it is. I read an article awhile back about the hub spoke system and that we will see a shift away from that over time due to a wider range of cost effective fuel efficient airplanes such as the Dreamliner. I can't remember the publication I read it from and I wish I saved it but it was an interesting read.

It would be cool to see an international carrier develop some type of hub system or maybe a new airline company HQ here although those are probably less likely to happen. Maybe one of the low cost airlines like Allegiant could develop a secondary hub. In a way Jet Blue has a small connecting hub between the east and west coasts. The more direct routes a carrier adds to Austin the more like a hybrid hub we become I guess. Market demand would be the driving force for such a development. I would think if an airline does decide to make Austin some sort of hub then they would pitch in for terminal expansion.

On another subject, it's the last day of March. Getting kinda antsy about the upcoming announcement. I hope it's going to be made sooner rather than later.
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2015, 10:41 PM
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As much as a hub would be cool, I kinda like that ABIA isn't a true hub. It shows how strong we are as a O&D airport.

On another subject, it's the last day of March. Getting kinda antsy about the upcoming announcement. I hope it's going to be made sooner rather than later.
Amen on both counts.

I've got the Airport News section on my RSS reader and every time I get a "new" icon in April I can assure you I'll get super-excited.
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Anyone but Delta honestly. I don't think I've ever had a positive experience with that airline. There's a reason my mileage plan on SkyTeam is with KE. I'd be open to United or American though, which I know is unlikely given our positions relative to the American and United hubs
Agreed, I've flown Delta so many times with disappointments that I don't even consider them an option anymore.

United is my favorite major U.S. airline, especially with the Star Alliance connections. I also have Asia Miles, which takes into account a bit of the One World group as well. I too like that Austin's not a major airport hub - it's always a relief coming back to Austin after flying through the Shanghai's, Beijing's, LAX's, and DFW's of the world. It's very well designed and small. People aren't in as much of a rush (except around SXSW, etc., I suppose). A bit of expansion is clearly needed, but I don't want to see it as large as some of the others - just a personal preference.
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2015, 11:22 PM
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Agreed, I've flown Delta so many times with disappointments that I don't even consider them an option anymore.

A bit of expansion is clearly needed, but I don't want to see it as large as some of the others - just a personal preference.
My mileage plans are with Qantas, KE, and AirCanada respectively. Qantas because I'm in Australia a lot, KE because they have the best benefits for high-mileage and/or lifetime, and AirCanada because of the same as KE.

I generally fly OneWorld (AA, BA, and QF most frequently) and in my opinion American has gotten much better since the rebranding move and merger. I tend to have issues with United, but nowhere near as many as Delta. I wouldn't mind Austin becoming a focus city for an airline or two, and that's something I can see happening easily, but I think a hub would be a bit much.
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All great comments and views. The future is bright and no telling where it will lead....
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I am... Concerned by the seemingly glacial pace with which expansions are going. The East Infill is gonna be great but I mean if we've had an 8% increase in February which, if I remember correctly is one of the slowest months, then I'd put money on this being a hell of a year.

On that note, does anybody have any information on how Taxiway A is coming along?
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8% increase in February
That's even more impressive considering there were quite a few cancellations in February due to bad weather in other parts of the country including DFW and the Northeast.

BTW, did anyone notice how close American and United are now in terms of passenger counts? United was actually ahead of American in January. American was ahead of United in February and Y-T-D United is ahead of American by a whopping.......24 passengers. Of course American's flight to MIA hasn't started yet, so they'll probably continue to be the #2 carrier.
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Well with growth this strong it might be time to bring the wild speculation game over to this thread. Speculate wildly about airports that will have direct nonstop service to Austin that you would like to see within the next 25 years that there hasn't been rumours about. I'll go first:

KEF, EZE, NRT, CDG, HAV, DEL (though I feel that Emirates to DXB or Qatar to DOH serving India would be more plausible) and MSN and BUF for purely personal reasons
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My mileage plans are with Qantas, KE, and AirCanada respectively. Qantas because I'm in Australia a lot, KE because they have the best benefits for high-mileage and/or lifetime, and AirCanada because of the same as KE.

I generally fly OneWorld (AA, BA, and QF most frequently) and in my opinion American has gotten much better since the rebranding move and merger. I tend to have issues with United, but nowhere near as many as Delta. I wouldn't mind Austin becoming a focus city for an airline or two, and that's something I can see happening easily, but I think a hub would be a bit much.
I agree - no need for another Texas hub, really. A focus city might not be a bad thing.
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I am... Concerned by the seemingly glacial pace with which expansions are going. The East Infill is gonna be great but I mean if we've had an 8% increase in February which, if I remember correctly is one of the slowest months, then I'd put money on this being a hell of a year.

On that note, does anybody have any information on how Taxiway A is coming along?
Taxiway Alpha between Bravo/Frank and Golf at the approach end of 17L is nearing completion. They were laying the asphalt shoulders this week. Should be open soon.

They still have a few more weeks to go on the approach end of 35R for taxiway Alpha between Bravo/Mike and Lima.

On a positive note, planes no longer have to back taxi down 17L/35R for a full length departure/landing since Bravo full length is now open.
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On another subject, it's the last day of March. Getting kinda antsy about the upcoming announcement. I hope it's going to be made sooner rather than later.
Speaking of service to Asia, did anyone happen to see this in the Austin Business Journal?

High-powered summit aims to link Austin, Chinese entrepreneurs
Mar 27, 2015


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Chinese investors and business owners will mingle in Austin Monday and Tuesday with American companies seeking partnerships and foreign expansions.

The 2015 China-U.S. Private Investment Summit will also include a keynote speech from President Bill Clinton. Day one of the Summit will provide a series of expert panel discussions about the business, historical and cultural relationships of the two countries. Day two will feature closed-door investment project pitches with Chinese and U.S. investors.
Seoul would make a good connection airport for those continuing on to China. Just sayin'
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