MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6349 posts, RR: 50 Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1343 times:
Does anyone think LIT will see any new flights in the near term, or do you think that the market is close enough to MEM not to warrant additional service?
There's not much mainline service left in LIT. Delta and Southwest are the only two I think. American did fly M80's LIT-DFW but looking in SHARES these seemed to have been replaced by all RJ's. United used to run 737-200's LIT-ORD but those are long gone.
I wonder if an additional LCC could enter LIT and make it work. Any thoughts?
Frntman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 209 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
WN seems to have a healthy presence with flights to MDW, MCI, PHX and HOU.
FL could take a leap at it although DL seems to have several DL Connection flights. B6 might, but with CO and a flight to EWR. I don't have the O&D numbers handy, but I wonder if F9 could take a stab at this?
It seems to be a market that is potentially under-served for service to the west. There's no UA heading to DEN. My guess is that F9 could make a go of it.
NW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 532 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1304 times:
LIT has gotten two new destinations so far this year MSP and EWR as well as added service to DFW, CVG, and ORD this year and hopefully aircraft upgrades later this year. Passenger numbers have been increasing for the 5th straight month so far compared to last year.
Frntman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 209 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1296 times:
Sorry. I stand corrected. It looks like all the MCI traffic on WN goes through STL.
At any rate, I think that LIT would fit very well with F9's structure. Maybe two or three JetExpress flights daily? LIT is far enough from DFW and OKC to have enough of their own encachment area. Our CEO has indicated that we're not scheduled to open any more new cities this fiscal year.
GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 638 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
As far as other aviation businesses are concerned, Dassault Falcon Jet has just dedicated a brand new hanger and is ready to break ground on two more this summer. This is where they will be completing the Falcon "7X". Now there is more talk of putting in another FBO to compete with Central Flying Service, Omni Air, Raytheon, and Falcon Jet. That should be interesting.
Bhmal From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
I'm curious as to the population of the LIT MSA. Here in BHM we have a little over 1 million in our MSA and have quite a bit more mainline service than LIT. We are just a little further from MEM and much closer to ATL. BHM has lost quite a few mainline flights over the past few years however. CO still keeps one or two mainline flights depending on the time of year. NW has gotten down to one mainline before but it greatly varies between 3 and 6 now.
My guess would be that the LIT MSA isn't too much smaller than BHM. Seems like they could definitely support FL or F9 if they decided to start service.
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6442 posts, RR: 33 Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1161 times:
Actually, the Little Rock MSA is MUCH smaller than Birmingham, AL -- only about 600,000 in the Little Rock area. Arguably, though, LIT has traffic above the levels of some larger metro areas (like GSP or SYR or RIC) due to the presence of WN at LIT. A fair number of people in the Memphis area make the drive to LIT to take advantage of lower fares; DAL/DFW-LIT, for example, has 2.5 times the traffic of DFW-MEM. LIT-Chicago draws nearly as many passengers as MEM-Chicago.
I think it would be tough to justify F9 service to DEN given weak passenger numbers to DEN and competition from WN to most West Coast cities. And I suspect that it's pretty far down on B6's list given that they still fly to exactly one city in the Central Time Zone.
NW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 532 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1122 times:
Yeah there is actually a scheduled bus service that runs from Memphis to LIT. There are tons of flights from LIT-DAL/DFW probably 3-4 per hour on Delta Connection, American Eagle, and Southwest.
LIT has more traffic than RIC??
As far as growth there are alot of projects underway such as runway lengthening, passenger screening area expansion. Landscaping project:
The project, which will cost $1.5 million, will include installation of a major water feature at the main entrance to the airport along with landscaped areas at a number of locations on airport grounds. The water feature was designed by Wet Design, a California company whose work can be seen at Epcot in Orlando, the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, The Houston Galleria, McCormick Convention Center in Chicago and the Los Angeles Music Center. In all more than 8,145 new trees and plants will be added.