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Southwest... Will They Ever Serve SAV?  
User currently offlineRuger11 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

I know a lot of people are against Southwest and all, but I have flown them out of neccessity several times, and have liked their service. I am wondering if anyone thinks they will ever service Savannah Airport. If you think so or no, please list some reasons, too. Buisness wise, airport loads, available aircraft, etc some good reasons.

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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 968 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Quoting Ruger11 (Thread starter):
I am wondering if anyone thinks they will ever service Savannah Airport. If you think so or no, please list some reasons, too.

Not likely in the near term. For now, WN is concentrating on growing the North East markets as well as expanding their MDW station. New points are likely to be those where US has thinned service or failed to offer competitive fares, i.e. PIT and maybe CLT next.

Opening a new station is a substantial investment, and WN is well occupied with what they have on their plate. If the DAL perimeter was to disappear, they would also concentrate on growing that market before adding SAV.


User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

No corporate business base...small population base...too seasonal.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

I would imagine that considering JAX is barely 100 miles south of SAV, and that JAX is on the north (or Savannah) side of Jacksonville, that WN considers that they can already scoop up some Savannah traffic by running them out of JAX.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7562 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

N77014 & Tom in NO make relevant points.

SAV is a destination primarily for people in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic & Great Lakes region. Minimal local business other than tourism & military related. It is already well served too by all the majors, and some LCC's - AirTran & Independence. There really are no gapping holes in air service into SAV that WN could steal. Plus their current route structure and likely destinations from SAV would not really be of benefit to would be too weak to rely all on O&D.

Its very seasonal too, as mentioned. Late Spring & Summer are high season, with golf filling in the void in the shoulder seasons, but the winter is rather slow.


User currently offlineRuger11 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Well thanks for the info. It is a seaonal destination, And you're right about the JAX flights a few hours south. What got me thinking this was that I've flown the WN ORF-JAX flight and JAX-ORF a total of 6 or 7 times, and it was always packed full, and a couple times overbooked so that someone had to give up their seats... and everytime I've flown it I've run into someone or multipple people who were then renting cars and driving north to SAV from JAX.

Just thought I'd see... on another note though, look at WN routemap To expound ont he origional question, why doesn't WN operate a service out of any airport in GA or SC? It's like there's a gap... Maybe ATL competition is too fiecre and GSP isn't a big airport either. I wonder if one day they'll plan on a service somewhere in those two states, to service that area.


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5386 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Quoting Ruger11 (Reply 5):
To expound ont he origional question, why doesn't WN operate a service out of any airport in GA or SC? It's like there's a gap...

There were rumors around here that WN was in talks with CAE but that nothing came of it. I'd love to see WN fly out of CAE myself..



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineN200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

Quoting Ruger11 (Reply 5):
why doesn't WN operate a service out of any airport in GA or SC? It's like there's a gap... Maybe ATL competition is too fiecre and GSP isn't a big airport either

Like water flowing from the continental divide to the ocean...Southwest follows the path of least resistance to make money.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32723 posts, RR: 72
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

Quoting Ruger11 (Reply 5):
, And you're right about the JAX flights a few hours south. What got me thinking this was that I've flown the WN ORF-JAX flight and JAX-ORF a total of 6 or 7 times,

Those flights have a huge amount of military traffic.



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User currently offlineRuger11 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Considering I'm a Marine Id say you're right on the money!  Smile

User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

Quoting Ruger11 (Reply 5):
Just thought I'd see... on another note though, look at WN routemap To expound ont he origional question, why doesn't WN operate a service out of any airport in GA or SC? It's like there's a gap... Maybe ATL competition is too fiecre and GSP isn't a big airport either. I wonder if one day they'll plan on a service somewhere in those two states, to service that area.

Outside of ATL, there are no markets big enough for the WN formula of 7-8 minimum flights a day to be profitable. And ATL lacks a small, downtown airport like DAL, HOU, MDW, BUR, OAK, that also fits the WN formula.

SC has many regional sized airports that could be effectively served by an EMB-170/190 class aircraft, but that strategy involves building a hub, something WN would rather not do.


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