DeltaBoy777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 411 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
Just wondering if anyone had heard of any future cities Southwest Airlines was thinking of moving into. I had heard not too long ago that they were looking into to Colorado Springs, and were pleased with the vacant terminal and connector waiting for them. Is this rumor a true one? Thanks for the help!
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1650 times:
There have been a number of threads on this, and you might check for them.
In a nutshell, SWA reviously announced that they wouldn't open any new cities in 2003, and will instead concentrate on "connecting the dots" of its existing route system.
As far as new cities in 2004 and beyond, note that every year, around 125-150 different airports try to woo SWA into serving their airports, so it could be any of them, Sure, some people have their pet favorites, based on the latest "rumor" or "buzz", but that's all they are--rumors. SWA keeps everything pretty quiet until the last minute.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1437 times:
Personally, I'd pick Cardassia. Since the Dominion War ended and they joined the Federation, there's going to be a lot of business and diplomatic traffic. But they won't pay high fares since the Cardassian economy will take time to recover. Also, Cardassia might generate good tourist traffic for outdoorsy types. The weather's nice, and Risa is getting overpriced.
Finally, the success of Southwest's Kronos station indicates that they do well on planets with warrior cultures. WN's employees are famously good at getting Klingons to hand over their bat'leths as checked baggage.
Barring Cardassia, I'd look for COS, FAT, ROC, GSO, RIC as good possibilities. MKE goes high on the list, though, if anything happens to Midwest. TTN's wealthy NIMBYs and short runway will probably keep WN away.
Flyinround731 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 241 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
I talked to a SW pilot about two years ago, and HNL is a possibility, with the 737-700s with the longer range. They could do the flights from LAX or OAK, or somewhere on the west coast. I've also heard that they tried ATL, but the gates at Hartsfield were too expensive.
SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1226 times:
MSP will be the last city we open in these 48 states. Weather and delays are a huge issue at that station. HNL is too expensive and would require the reconfiguration of our existing -700 fleet to hold rafts. ANC, why? Like mentioned above, we are working at connecting our dots...making more non-stops, long hauls, etc. We recently started PHX-DTW and SJC-BWI nonstops...expect to see more, many more coming up soon...
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 17 Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1129 times:
I've always wondered why WN didn't fly from DAL to both SHV and BTR?
Is there not enough traffic to either of those cities? Especially since BTR
is the capital of Louisiana. Is it because it is "fairly" close to MSY?