USAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2762 times:
Actually AirTran will use the 717 on the route and i dont get why adding 4 more round trips to MDW will lower fares. It will just make Vanguard or maybe even Airtran after awhile pull out of the route because the wont make money on it. Which will raise fares again. 3 airlines serving the same route is dumb. MSP to ATL would have been a better choice. Oh well. I will enjoy seeing the 717 at MSP though.
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
Thanks for the compliments MEL!
I personally think there is too much service to Chicago already from MSP. Vanguard and Northwest serve MDW and Northwest, United, and American Airlines all serve ORD. Adding a new airline to the mix won't really lower airfares after service gets going. Somebody isn't going to survive and my guess would be that Vanguard would be the first to pull service from the MSP-MDW market.
Why wouldn't AirTran go to ATL from here instead? Despite their bitching, they know they probably can't make money on that route. MDW seems like a poorer decision to me. At least there will be more 717's here...
Critter From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 267 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
I believe Airtran is looking down the road to what appears to be the end of the line for Vanguard. The last two routes they have added are in direct competition with Vanguard. I believe that they see a potential hole when Vanguard vacates these markets.
Also I don't believe that Airtran would want to jump right into the ATL-MSP market. Fighting Delta is a battle as it is. Northwest has a bad reputation of defending its territory at all costs, and fighting both at the same time would be suicide. I wouldn't be surprised to see Airtran establish a presence in MSP before they expand to ATL direct.
I'm sad to say but it looks like the dogs are starting to circle the wounded duck Vanguard. I'm not sure just how much life Rocky can squeeze out of this airline.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
Why would MSP - ATL make more sense than MSP - MDW?? If they flew to ATL, there would then be 3 airlines on that route, just as there are now with their addition to the MDW market. I wouldn't mind if they did fly to ATL, especially considering their connections, but I'm just saying I don't know that it makes much more sense than MDW, especially considering how Delta and NW are beating each other up on the ATL route. I think AirTran is trying to fill a niche to MDW that Vanguard doesn't - low cost business tickets (with their first class section). MDW is closer to the loop and more convenient and manageable than ORD.