MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31118 posts, RR: 73 Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
Quoting Indy (Reply 2): And if FL starts that route I'm thinking NW makes the SEA route year round.
That would require the traffic to be year-round. The market is highly seasonal and, even as of now, Northwest fills planes largely thanks to some good cruise ship contracts they have out of Seattle, which is also why the route is running only through the "peakest" of summer travel, rather than the typical entire summer timetable.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31118 posts, RR: 73 Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1930 times:
Quoting AlexInWa (Reply 6): You can't get a seat on the NW SEA-IND flight. Im shocked that it is not already year round.
There is nothing to be shocked about. You can't get a seat because most are pre-sold by contracts Northwest has with cruise companies to block seats on the route. Of course it is hard to get a seat. These contracts only exist during the very peak of summer cruise travel to Seattle, and Northwest clearly has no interest in serving the market without those contracts.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1880 times:
Quoting AlexInWa (Reply 6): IND is a focus city for FL and with the new airport less than a year away, it would make sense. You can't get a seat on the NW SEA-IND flight. Im shocked that it is not already year round.
I flew this route in July. 100% full flight with standbys. It is a good route, as it is not saturated, but it sounds like it might be. Any news for SeaTac is nice. AF to CDG, YX to MCI and MKE, AA to AUS, and now FL to IND. Sounds like business is picking up! I hate to quote Borat, but, "I like!"
AlexInWa From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1107 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1856 times:
I find it a little hard to believe that IND O/D traffic could fill this daily flight. I understand that a contract "Helps" the flight but when I tried all last summer, I still could not get on the n/s flight both ways.
IND as a focus city for FL makes it a much better connection to the east coast (JFK, BOS, IAD,...etc) than ATL would be. Considering how well the ATL flights went for FL (granted still surprised they did not go year round) It would not surprise me at all if this rumor turns out to be true.