New Option for London Heathrow Airport?

Original post was published on December 24, 2014 with update to include the latest final Airports Commission report results on July 1, 2015.

London has been suffering from over capacity for many years. While many assessments and studies were performed, a concrete solution has not been finalized. Many ideas such as expanding London Gatwick Airport (IATA Airport Code – LGW), building a new airport at the Thames and building a new runway(s) at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) have been floating around with many opponents.  Back in November, a former Concorde captain Gwyn Topham introduced a new advertising campaign for his radical idea named the Heathrow Hub. What is it about?

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United Airlines Planes at Narita

Tokyo as a Mini Hub – Tale of Two Airlines

Tokyo As A Mini Hub

Both United Airlines (IATA Airline Code – UA) and Delta Air Lines (DL)  (through the acquisition from Northwest Airlines (NW)) have secondary hubs in Narita International Airport (IATA Airport Code – NRT) in Tokyo, Japan.  UA operates an additional one at Guam International Airport (GUM).

Less than 10 years ago, it was common to see United and Delta operating many larger aircrafts like the 747-400 from Tokyo to other Asian cities so that they would be utilized more efficiently. However, is current operating conditions favorable to continue this practice?  We will explore Tokyo as a hub in the following insight with focus on how United and Delta manage its operations.

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