WhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 595 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
In marginal markets, the idea of a "wake up call" is appropriate before pulling the plug... It was either CO or AA that did that in BFL many years ago, saying, either use it or we're gone. Well, we know how that story went. But, at least it was fair warning. For whatever reason, too many users and (city leaders) are under the impression that airlines are some sort of public service. As a stockholder in more than a few carriers, I'm sorry, I don't agree. I want to make money. And, for a city to actually say - "Hey people, pay attention here" is a refreshing change from the usual "we're owed this service"...
But when I think of how many routes are lost simply due to what really amounts to nothing more than lacking a couple of passengers per flight, you wonder, if by pushing the panic button at the right time, can you force a shift of habit? Does a city share in the responsibility to generate concern?
On the other hand, to actually "pull" the flight, then attempt to reinstate, may actually work against the carrier. Once gone, habits do change.
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7411 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
NW pulled out of RNO almost 2 years ago now. RNO is showing drops in flights, I don't know that FL can make it work, FL doesn't have the advantage that it used to, in fact most of the legacy carriers have costs that are closely in line with WN and FL and other "LCC" companies, WN pilots get paid more, but then again, they have no retirement.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009