Quickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4511 times:
I wonder if they will keep DFW-LAS?
Dallas Business Journal - 6:22 PM CDT Tuesday
AirTran pulling back at D/FW Airport
Low-cost carrier AirTran Airways Inc. is cutting back some of its flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport because of high jet fuel costs, D/FW airport confirmed late Tuesday.
Visitors to the Florida-based carrier's Web site are unable to book flights between D/FW Airport and Los Angeles International Airport after Dec. 5, according to the "search for flights" area of the airline's Web site.
AirTran, which operates about a dozen flights a day out of D/FW, is one of the airport's premier low-cost carriers.
"AirTran has advised us that the impending suspension of their flights to Los Angeles from D/FW is due to the high cost of fuel, much the same as American's recent reduction of flights to certain markets," said Joe Lopano, executive vice president of marketing at D/FW. "We're hopeful that the price of fuel moderates in the coming months so that AirTran can resume its service from D/FW to Los Angeles."
An AirTran spokeswoman reached by the Dallas Business Journal Tuesday did not immediately have information on the route.
D/FW, which historically has had average fares much higher than other major U.S. hub airports, has consistently pointed to growth of its low-cost carriers as proof that smaller carriers can enter the D/FW Airport market and compete against American Airlines Inc.
American (NYSE: AMR) controls more than 80 percent of the flights at D/FW.
Major low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), which operates from North Texas out of Dallas Love Field, has rejected invitations to fly out of D/FW, citing it as an American stronghold.
In a recent blow to D/FW, New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue announced it was launching nonstop flights Jan. 19 between Austin's Bergstrom International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston's Logan Airport.
AirTran recently announced it was expanding service in what it called "key business markets." Specifically, effective Dec. 6, it has said it will expand service between Chicago Midway Airport and Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando and Sarasota/Bradenton (Fla.) airports.
AirTran, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AAI), started its D/FW to LAX service in July 2004. From D/FW, it also serves Atlanta, Orlando, Baltimore and Las Vegas.
At the time it entered the market, published reports said AIrTran estimated the average D/FW-LAX fare at $180 one way. AirTran's introductory one-way fare was $89.
American responded by cutting its unrestricted "walk up" coach fares into the Los Angeles area to as low as $199 on nonstop flights, according to published reports.
Currently a traveler can book a Dec. 5 AirTran flight over the Internet for $89 one-way. The carrier departs D/FW Airport for Los Angeles twice a day, once at 7:10 a.m. and again at 4:14 p.m.
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4368 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4444 times:
When I saw the title of this topic I assumed it meant FL was pulling out of DFW and LAX. Did anyone else get this? In any case its amazing that fuel has gotten so bad that airlines are dropping routes like this between two large cities.
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4368 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4406 times:
Is FL that short of aircraft that they have to kill routes like that in order to fill 2 new routes somewhere else? I guess its possible. I doubt they have a fleet parked in the desert like some seem to.
Rumorboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 351 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4366 times:
Quoting Indy (Reply 5): Is FL that short of aircraft that they have to kill routes like that in order to fill 2 new routes somewhere else?
Pretty simple. If its true that they are short aircraft, if those airplanes can make money on another route so be it. Unfortunately oil is hurting everybody. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions. Hopefully it will come back. I sure liked the route.
AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3639 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4118 times:
Quoting Supa7E7 (Reply 9): AA whipped them good and they are not eager to admit it.
It all has to do with the cost of fuel in LAX. Yields were decent, but with oil at its current rate, the yields have diminished. Why keep something that is making little money when you can shift to another city and make a lot of money? FL isn't scared of the superfortress that is DFW. Give it time and I think you'll see a resumption in service to LAX from DFW.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4368 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4019 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 14):
FL is up to its eyeballs in new aircraft, and the DFW focus city has performed much worse than expected.
They only had 5 destinations. They were calling it a focus city? That has to be a tough place to try and do business. I just don't see how an LCC can operate effectively at an airport with long taxi times. It would seem that you'd want to be able to get in and out as quick as possible. Getting in and out fast saves a great deal of money in aircraft time and fuel.