MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1258 times:
Sure, XE was not the largest carrier in MSY. In terms of daily flights, it was ranked #7 out of of the 10 airlines serving the airport; However, the network which the airline operated from MSY was fairly impressive:
All of those cities were and are key target markets for New Orleans. And now...no nonstop service will be offered to any of those eff. 9/2. MSY was apparently one of XE's most successful stations, with the only cuts being the short lived service to BHM, which ended once WN started the route. Needless to say, this is a pretty big hit to MSY.
So I am wondering what will become of most or all of these routes? Will they once again be relegated to connecting service only? JAX, MCI, and RDU were all served nonstop prior to Katrina - by WN, YX, and DL, respectively. With the poor financial condition of YX and the stoppage of many p2p routes by DL, I think WN will be the only option for some or all of these routes to return; however, considering WN's love affair with DEN as of late, what are the chances that they'd actually add 5 new routes from MSY in the near term?
MSY has been far and away spared from most of the recent cuts in the industry. I suppose it was our time to take a hit sooner or later. Too bad it had to be due to the closure of branded ops by one of the finest airlines flying today.
My hats off to all of the XE folks working the branded ops nationwide. You guys are a class act.
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 4960 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter): My hats off to all of the XE folks working the branded ops nationwide. You guys are a class act.
I agree completely with your post, 'tristar, and apply just about everything you said (substituting different cities and routes of course) to San Diego as well!
We here in the "other-than-LAX" parts of Southern California -- I'm sure the folks in ONT feel the same way -- enjoyed and appreciated (and apparently supported rather well) the efforts by XE to provide n/s service to markets that no-one else would. Just like MSY, for non-hub (and geographically "challenged") cities, it was wonderful to have some new P-2-P options; we can't expect WN to provide ALL of them.
Heck, I'm still sorry that XE didn't quite have the ability to fly n/s between SAN and MSY 'cause I'm sure they would have!
Thanks again to XE for the attempt at linking our cities with new destinations; you will be missed very much. And good luck and best wishes to all the excellent XE employees who ran a damned nice operation for us!