In 2013 Hopkins had 181,340 flight operations. Last year, in the 2014 calendar year, with United moving many flights out of Hopkins, the number of flight operations dropped to 130,762. That is a loss of 50,578 flights from 2013 to 2014.Burke Lakefront Airport, that eyesore of concrete that serves little purpose besides eating up precious and valuable lakefront property, is at the heart of his piece. His argument: If Burke is needed as a reliever airport for Hopkins — meaning, to accommodate overflow traffic from Hopkins — and Burke handled 50,000 or so flights in 2014 and Hopkins lost 50,000 flights, then Burke is obsolete. Or, at least obsolete in the sense that the rallying cry for its existence by the pols doesn't make much sense any more. Do check out the piece at Belt and McGraw's original opus on Burke's wasted existence.