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Spirit Withdraws ORD-CUN Appication  
User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3042 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

Keeps DFW-CUN application. No reason given in the docket as to why they are no longer interested in ORD-CUN.


Along with Airtran's withdrawl of their MCO-CUN application, is there a pattern emerging with some of these airlines who aggressively applied for Mexican authority only to now pull themselves out of the running? Is this common?

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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

Probably with the rise in fuel they have to readjust their priorities.

The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 27679 posts, RR: 81
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Thread starter):
Is this common?

Not common, but it does happen.

In the case of Cancun, it really isn't surprising. For a while, CUN was the goose laying golden eggs for the airlines.

So everyone wanted to fly there, from everywhere, and it (almost) killed the goose.

NWA's IND/CUN didn't work, nor did MKE/CUN. There were a number of Frontier flights AUS/CUN that went out with less than a dozen people on them.

I could never work out why so many airlines wanted MCO/CUN (one resort to another) and in the case of ORD/CUN, I would guess Spirit has seen the writing on the wall.

Chicago (ORD and MDW) to CUN is a contested route - more applications that authority available.

The DOT always takes their sweet time with contested applications - the decision on STL/CUN took about eight months.

The competition is tough - United wants ORD/CUN (as does USA 3000) and Frontier wants MDW/CUN, which they're already flying as a charter.

So I would guess - just a guess - that Spirit decided to take their ball and go play somewhere else.



aeternum nauta
User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 13500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

DFW-CUN is a huge market. They should do well in it -- more than enough demand for both AA and NK to share.

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