After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
Delta has made it official, their Memphis HUB is toast.
In a memo to employees on Tuesday, Delta announced plans to reduce their flight schedule in the fall, at the cost of more than 230 jobs. By the time the dust settles, Delta will operate approximately 60 flights a day from a HUB which once saw 236 daily departures.
The reason Delta gave for the cuts was the elimination of the 50 passenger regional jet which will be phased out of service in the coming weeks. The bulk of the operation will shift to nearby HUB of Atlanta … which is 410 miles away.
When Delta announced their intention to merge with Northwest Airlines in 2008, my two biggest HUB concerns were Cincinnati and Memphis, because of their close proximity to the super-mega HUBs of Detroit and Atlanta. The logistics of passenger distribution make it clear that you simply cannot have two HUBs within the same geographical region. In fact, in the early 1980’s Delta had HUBs in both Memphis and Atlanta and it was not working, so the decision was made to move the Memphis HUB towards the northeast and CVG was selected.
When the merger of Delta and Northwest was announced, city leaders from Memphis (and Cincinnati) voiced concerns over the future of their HUBs. Delta executives quickly and loudly proclaimed that the merger was “about addition, not subtraction” and that the HUBs would be fine. Yeah, right.
From the onset of the merger between Delta and Northwest, we have continued to see a reduction of service at CVG. Delta continues to trim flights and many of those are being relocated to the Detroit HUB, which was a fact I was repeatedly talking about years ago when the merger was announced. After all, if Atlanta and Memphis are too close together at 400 miles, what is to be said about the distance between Cincinnati and Detroit…just over 200 miles?
The future at CVG, from the perspective of Delta, does not look promising.
Just as we have seen in cities like Dayton, Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville, (soon to be) Cleveland, Pittsburgh and several others, airlines commit to an airport – making it a HUB. The city, in a state of euphoria, then begins to spend millions of dollars in airport improvements, to better serve their new customer. Runways are added and extended, gates are added, new terminals are constructed, additional parking is created and the airport goes into considerable debt preparing the airport for the boom which is to follow.
That’s about the time the music stops and everyone scrambles for a chair.
The airline then announces a merger and immediately tries to reassure the city who has gone the extra mile to upgrade their airport, that everything will be fine…no cuts are expected. The money spent in upgrading the airport was well spent, thank you. A few months pass and the inevitable occurs as flight reductions take place and after a while the airport has lost 50% to 75% of their flight activity and are left holding the bag – trying to wonder what happened and then trying to figure out what they can do to replace the 400 or 500 flights a day which have suddenly disappeared.
Five years ago when I predicted a wave of reduced flights (after the merger was announced) I stated time and time again I wanted to be wrong, but airline history involving mergers and HUB consolidation is simply too abundant to ignore. It is for that reason I suspect we will see a continuing reduction of flights at CVG until we are under 100 flights a day and again, I hope that I am wrong.
When that day arrives, as I suspect it soon will, do not blame the airport administration for the lack of flight options. They did their best to accommodate Delta at every turn, trying to make their life easier, and at every expense. They continue to try and lure low cost carriers into CVG, while encouraging existing airlines to increase their flight service.
As we read the news about the future of the Memphis Airport, it is with the understanding that our time is coming and CVG will be next.