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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hopkins Airport Had 50,000 Fewer Flights in 2014 Than Previous Year

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM

The news coming out of good old Hopkins Airport these days mostly revolves around which budget airline is adding flights and which one-day sale is being pimped to draw travelers through the gates. That trickle of press releases follows United's decision to pull hub status from Cleveland's major metro airport. Of course, that hasn't changed the fact that Hopkins remains one of the airports with the highest average fares, nor the general feeling that United's pull out left not only empty concourses, but fewer fliers.

The latter sentiment has some concrete numbers to back it up now, thanks to Dan McGraw over at Belt.

In 2013 Hopkins had 181,340 flight operations. Last year, in the 2014 calendar year, with United moving many flights out of Hopkins, the number of flight operations dropped to 130,762. That is a loss of 50,578 flights from 2013 to 2014.
Burke Lakefront Airport, that eyesore of concrete that serves little purpose besides eating up precious and valuable lakefront property, is at the heart of his piece. His argument: If Burke is needed as a reliever airport for Hopkins — meaning, to accommodate overflow traffic from Hopkins — and Burke handled 50,000 or so flights in 2014 and Hopkins lost 50,000 flights, then Burke is obsolete. Or, at least obsolete in the sense that the rallying cry for its existence by the pols doesn't make much sense any more. Do check out the piece at Belt and McGraw's original opus on Burke's wasted existence.

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