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In the airline industry, a focus city is a location that is not a hub, but from which the airline has non-stop flights to several destinations other than its hubs.

Compared to a hub operation, flights from focus cities are often less frequent, served by smaller regional aircraft, and cater more to origin & destination traffic instead of connecting traffic. Connections are often available by default, however, due to the number of destinations/frequencies served by a single operator (sometimes in conjunction with operational partners).

The term "focus city" is somewhat of a misnomer, since it generally refers to an airport rather than a city. For example, US Airways has focus city operations at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, but not at the two other major airports for the New York City region: John F. Kennedy International Airport (also in Queens), or Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Other terms with equivalent meaning are "hublet", "mini-hub", "key city."

Focus cities are also commonly used by low-cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines, WestJet or Ryanair that primarily fly point-to-point and thus do not have large concentrations of hub operations.

Currently, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines are the only 3 US carriers with no focus city operations.


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