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FAQ: Air Traveler's Handbook 2/4 [Monthly posting]
Section - [2-13] Hub Cities

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   Try to avoid hub cities. For example, since USAir's hub is
Pittsburgh, they have a virtual monopoly on flights to PGH, so if
you're so unlucky as to be flying to Pittsburgh, the rates are not cheap.
Occasionally you may be able to take a flight which makes a stop or
connection at Pittsburgh, and walk off the plane in Pittsburgh (i.e.,
a ticket from Boston to Cleveland on a plane which makes a stop in
Pittsburgh might be cheaper than a ticket from Boston to Pittsburgh on
the same plane). This only works when you can carry on all of your
baggage. Or if your connecting flight is more than two hours after
your flight arrives or on a different plane, you can usually arrange
to claim your baggage at the hub and recheck it yourself. (See also
[1-20] Hidden City Fares.) 

Several airlines are currently being investigated by the Justice
Department for anti-trust violations based on their dominating the
airports at their hubs.

   Here's a list of airline hub cities. I've asterisked those
that I'm sure are monopolized by that airline. # indicates the main
hub of the airline.
   Alaska Airlines (AS): Anchorage (ANC)#, SEA
   America West (HP): Phoenix (PHX)#, Las Vega$ (LAS), Columbus OH (CMH)
   American Airlines (AA): Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)#, Raleigh/Durham (RDU)*, 
      SJC*, SJU, ORD, BNA,
   Continental Airlines (CO): Newark (EWR)#, Cleveland (CLE)*, IAH, DEN, MSY
   Delta Airlines (DL): Atlanta (ATL)*#, Salt Lake City (SLC)*, DFW, CVG, LAX,
      JFK and FRA (Frankfurt, FRG), Orlando FL (MCO).
   Midwest Express (YX): MKE
   Northwest Airlines (NW): Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)#, DTW*, Memphis (MEM)*,
      Milwaukee (MKE)*, BOS, NRT (Tokyo Narita).  
   Southwest Airlines (WN): Chicago (MDW), St. Louis (STL), Dallas Love (DAL),
      Houston Hobby (HOU), PHX, ABQ
   TWA (TW): St. Louis (STL)*#, New York (JFK), Paris (ORY or CDG)
   USAir (US): Pittsburgh (PIT)*#, Philadelphia (PHL), Charlotte (CLT)*, 
      Baltimore (BWI)*, LAX, SFO, SYR, IND
   United Airlines (UA): Chicago#, DEN, Washington Dulles (IAD), SEA, SFO, 
      Raleigh, Tokyo, LHR (London Heathrow)


Airport Abbreviations and Hubs:

ABQ Albuquerque, NM           WN
ANC Anchorage, AK             AS
ATL Atlanta, GA               DL
BNA Nashville, TN             AA
BOS Boston, MA                NW
BWI Baltimore, MD             US
CLE Cleveland, OH             CO
CLT Charlotte, NC             US
CMH Columbus, OH              HP
CVG Cincinatti, OH            DL
DAL Dallas (Love Field), TX   WN
DEN Denver, CO                UA
DFW Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX      AA DL
DTW Detroit, MI               NW
EWR Newark, NJ                CO
HOU Houston (Hobby), TX       WN
IAD Washington (Dulles), DC   UA
IAH Houston (Intercontinental), TX   CO
IND Indianapolis, IN          US
JFK New York (Kennedy), NY    TW DL
LAS Las Vega$                 HP
LAX Los Angeles               DL US
MEM Memphis, TN               NW
MKE Milwaukee, WI             NW YX
MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN  NW
MSY New Orleans, LA           CO
ORD Chicago, IL               AA UA
MCO Orlando, FL               DL
PHL Philadelphia, PA          US
PHX Phoenix, AZ               HP WN
PIT Pittsburgh, PA            US
RDU Raleigh/Durham, NC        AA
SEA Seattle, WA               AS UA
SFO San Francisco, CA         UA US
SJC San Jose, CA              AA
SJU San Juan, PR              AA
SLC Salt Lake City, UT        DL
STL St. Louis, MO             TW
SYR Syracuse, NY              US

AA   American Airlines
AS   Alaska Airlines
CO   Continental Airlines
DL   Delta Airlines
HP   America West Airlines
TW   Trans World Airlines
UA   United Airlines
US   U S Air
WN   Southwest Airlines
YX   Midwest Express

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