I've flown from Detroit and Toledo airports, and both are fine. Obviously, which you choose depends upon price and your destination. When my wife flies international for business, the obvious choice is Detroit because of direct flights from Detroit to the other side of the pond.
From our home in west Toledo, driving to Detroit airport takes only about 10 to 15 minutes longer than driving to Toledo Express. And it's an easy drive to Detroit airport: 475-75-275-Eureka Rd. And it's amazingly easy to get in and out of Detroit airport, especially if flying Northwest. The new Detroit airport feels small.
We are fortunate to have such a nice airport like Detroit's so close to Toledo. It shouldn't be an us-versus-them competition for passenger flight. The airports in this region should work together with each one focusing on its strengths, which in Toledo Express's case, that could be cargo.
HeyHey said :
... let's just focus on the intermodal and cargo operations out of Express. This is one area where DTW and Willow Run can't really compete with TOL, and the Port, City, and County should take advantage.
I doubt this area will ever think regionally.
Sustainable competitive features of the Lake Erie West region :
- Time - At the crossroads of the two most heavily traveled roads in North America: I-80/90 and I-75.
- Education - 33 colleges and universities within a one-hour drive.
- Fresh Water - 18% of the world's fresh water supply.
- Transportation - Four international airports within a one-hour drive.
- Market Access - The center of a one-day drive, which reaches 50% of the population of both the U.S. and Canada.
The Detroit area, however, is not ready to surrender the region's cargo air freight traffic to Toledo Express. Toledo Express should probably specialize in this area sooner than later, otherwise, all the regional air traffic could go through the Detroit area. This is the competition Toledo Express needs to be thinking about.
From The Future Of Transportation In Lake Erie West article back in May :
, happening at the Anderson Theatre at The Henry Ford on May 15, 2008. This two panel conference, moderated by WWJ's Murray Feldman, will discuss Detroit's future in moving freight and moving people. How can Detroit's existing infrastructure be leveraged to drive economic growth for the region? How do plans for the Aerotropolis, the Port of Detroit - our under-rated/under-valued resource, customs and borders play a role in Detroit's transportation future?
Part One: "Moving Freight"
From the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments' On the Move 2007-2035 Transportation Plan :
Freight Goal: Our region will be a world-class multi-modal freight transportation hub
Policy 8: To strengthen our role as a freight transportation hub, our region will work together to implement Lake Erie West Global Logistics Hub business plan. This plan comprises four major freight facilities: Global Logistics Park (see Policy 9), Trans-Pacific Inland Port (see Plan Project 1 and Policy 10), Golden Triangle Distribution Corridor, and the Toledo Seaport (see Policy 11). We will identify needed improvements/ resources; support public/private infrastructure investment for the sites, and connectivity between them (on public roads or off-road).
Policy 9: A regional priority is to expand use of the air freight mode and use of air facilities as intermodal hubs. This will include increasing airport capacity throughout the region and providing good road access. We will develop as a major intermodal hub, to be known as the " Global Logistics Park," with needed infrastructure improvements (including Plan Projects C-3, 4, 59 and 60) and creation of a "transportation opportunity district."
Web site: The University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute
Unfortunately, the Ohio-Michigan border must be an impenetrable wall.
Notice above that the May conference was called "The Future Of Transportation In Southeast Michigan" and not The Future of Transportation In Lake Erie West, which would have included northwest Ohio in that mix.
But last November, Toledo-area organizations held a Meta-Plan workshop that allegedly focused on regionalism. But no southeast Michigan orgs were invited. True regionalism would include orgs from both sides of the state line.