Spin wrote:DeanSheen wrote:RE Burke:
I used to be pretty pissed about Burke and eventually I found out a few facts that put things in perspective. Bottom line is it seems doubtful that it will ever be developed.
1.) It is built on a landfill which makes it unsuitable for most any kind of construction.
2.) The FAA uses it as an emergency airport for Hopkins. Post 9/11 the rules were rewritten about such things and it's my understanding that Burke is the only airport that fits the bill.
Burke is vrey important for another reason, if you want business you need a business airport nearby. Having a downtown airport is a big advantage. It averages almost 200 take-offs/landings a day, imagine adding those into Hopkin's air traffic. Businesses maintain aircraft because commrcial flying just doesn't get it.
It's also very important with medical flights into Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital. Cleveland Clinic has a fleet of jets that fly all over the world bringing patients ($$$$$$$$) here. It's also an important maintenance hub for the rotary wing air medical flight services.
Back to Triple's post, how much money does the airshow bring into Cleveland every year? How much did the IndyCar races bring in? Those were three day events, and attracted over a hundred thou$and people. Not many from this forum obviously, but IndyCar Fan money is just as good as anyone else's.
How close to Cleveland does it need to be? Could something like Lost Nation or Mayfield serve the same purpose for business/medical? Or are they not big enough?