Airline Weekly ran stats this week on the major US airports that are growing the most — and those that aren’t growing at all.
Here are the airports with the biggest year-over-year growth.
Dallas Love Field and Seattle should both come as no surprise. The end of the Wright Amendment in Dallas means airlines can fly to many more destinations. Indeed, airlines have greater demand to fly from the airport than the legal limit on gates there can support. And Seattle is seeing a massive buildup in flights by Delta, growth that is fueling even more flights from Alaska Airlines.
My home airport of Austin is building more gates, though perhaps not enough to support anticipated growth. It now has a British Airways flight to London that’s been upgauged from a Boeing 787 to a 777. It will get a Germany flight. The city itself has seen tremendous growth. Although big growth has been tried here before, such as when United built a focus city which was then scaled back.
I was surprised to see the growth in Maui. Southwest is building up Indianapolis, Orlando is seeing low cost carrier growth, and JetBlue is building up Fort Lauderdale (as well as it being a major ultra low cost carrier operation) as the gateway to South Florida that doesn’t incur the impossibly high costs of Miami.
Southwest Airlines at Philadelphia
Here are the major airports that aren’t growing at all.
Philadephia doesn’t seem to be getting the love from American that it did from US Airways management prior to the merger. St. Louis isn’t growing as a Southwest connecting hub given the focus on Love Field. This flatline is after shuttering much of the airport — there’s a concourse being used for charters only, and portions of the C and D concourses have been shut down completely.
United has cut back a bit at Washington Dulles. And American — while still sending significant connecting traffic through Charlotte — no longer needs to be running as many international flights out of the airport. And Airline Weekly describes San Antonio, Houston, and Kansas City as “victim of Wright Amendment’s end.”
Washington Dulles Check-in Counters