Flashback Friday: Eastern to Florida in 1972

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With the recent rebirth of Eastern Airlines, nostalgia about carrier that was during my childhood the largest airline in the free world has resurfaced.

Eastern Airlines was from the 1920’s until the 1980’s the primary airline transporting people to/from Florida In the days of airline regulation, Eastern was awarded the bulk of lucrative north/south routes from Florida. In 1972 over 35% of state’s population lived in Southeast Florida and Disney World had just opened. Tampa was still a much more important destination than Orlando, and the bulk of traffic coming in and out of the state used Tampa International or the two major airports in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area (which at the time was recognized as a single airline market by the Civil Aeronautics Board with “co-terminals”, Miami International and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International) . Small airports like Vero Beach and Titusville still received jet service (neither airport even receives scheduled commuter service anymore) thanks to the airlines being regulated and told where and when to fly to locales.

Eastern’s entire Florida December 1972 flight schedule is below:

 

Daytona Beach  11 daily flights

Atlanta 4 X

Jacksonville 5 X

Miami 1 X

Orlando 1 X

Fort Lauderdale  43 daily flights

Atlanta 4X

Baltimore 2X

Boston 1X

Buffalo 1X

Chicago 4X

Cleveland 1X

Detroit 1X

Hartford 1X

Melbourne 1X

Nassau 2X

Newark 3X

New York – LGA 5X

New York – JFK 4X

Orlando 1X

Philadelphia 2X

Pittsburgh 2X

Tampa 8X

Gainesville   2 daily flights

Atlanta 2X

Jacksonville 19 daily flights

Atlanta 7X

Chicago 1X

Daytona Beach 5X

Fort Lauderdale 1X

Melbourne 1X

Miami 1X

New York – LGA 2X

Washington – DCA 1X

Melbourne 8 daily flights

Atlanta 4X

Fort Lauderdale 1X

Jacksonville 1X

Miami 1X

Orlando 1X

Tampa 1X

Miami 93 daily flights 

Atlanta 7X

Baltimore 3X

Birmingham 1X

Boston 3X

Charlotte 1X

Chicago 3X

Cleveland 1X

Columbus 1x

Dallas/FW 2X

Daytona Beach 1X

Detroit 2X

Freeport 4X

Gainseville 1X

Hartford 2X

Jacksonville 1X

Melbourne 1X

Milwaukee 1X

Minneapolis/SP 1X

Nassau 7X

New Orleans 1X

Newark 3X

New York-LGA 7X

New York -JFK 7X

Orlando 4X

Philadelphia 5X

Pittsburgh 3X

Providence 1X

Raleigh/Durham 1X

St Louis 2X

St Thomas 2X

San Juan 4X

Sarasota 1X

Syracuse 1X

Tampa 4X

Washington-DCA 4X

Orlando 29 daily flights

Atlanta 6X

Boston 1X

Chicago 2X

Cincinnati 1X

Cleveland 1X

Fort Lauderdale 1X

Huntsville 1X

Indianapolis 1X

Miami 4X

Newark 1X

New York – LGA 1X

New York -JFK 3X

Philadelphia 1X

Sarasota/Bradenton 1X

Titusville 1X

Washington-DCA 1X

West Palm Beach 2X

Pensacola 10 daily flights

Atlanta 7X

Birmingham 2X

Mobile 1X

Sarasota/Bradenton 9 daily flights

Atlanta 3X

Chicago 2X

Miami 2X

New York – JFK 1X

Orlando 1X

Tallahassee 9 daily flights 

Atlanta 5X

Tampa 3X

West Palm Beach 1X

Tampa/St Pete (Tampa Int’l) 43 daily flights 

Atlanta 5X

Baltimore 1X

Boston 2X

Chicago 1X

Cleveland 1X

Columbus 1X

Dallas/FW 1X

Detroit 3X

Ft Lauderdale 8X

Hatrford 1X

Miami 4X

Newark 1X

New York -LGA 1X

New York- JFK 3X

Phildelphia 1X

Pittsburgh 1X

St Louis 1X

Tallahassee 3X

Washington-DCA 2X

West Palm Beach 2X

Titusville/Cocoa 1 daily flight

Orlando 1X

Vero Beach 2 daily flights

Miami 1X

Tampa 1X

West Palm Beach 17 daily flights

Atlanta 3X

Fort Lauderdale 1X

Miami 2X

Newark 1X

New York -LGA 1X

New York -JFK 2X

Orlando 2X

Philadelphia 1X

Tallahassee 1X

Tampa 2X

Washington -DCA 1X

 

 

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One comment

  1. Ron Baldwin · · Reply

    Eastern was never the same after Eddie Rickenbacker was forced out in 1963.

    Oh my, am I old enough to remember when he ran Eastern? Eddie was an uneducated George S. Patton, Jr. and instinctively did the right thing at the right time and in the right way.

    I recommend a biography of Rickenbacker’s life by W. David Lewis (“Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero in the Twentieth Century” published 5/28/2008). Check your local library or a book seller..

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