Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 23969 posts, RR: 86 Reply 2, posted Sun Oct 23 2005 20:13:01 UTC (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
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.