Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8414 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2497 times:
Quoting Stapleton (Reply 1): This is great news for BZN! 6 airlines serving a town of about 35,000 is incredible
Well yes this flight would serve 35,000+ (probably more like 50,000 incl surrounding areas) to the gambling of LAS.
But it may also serve the skiing ambitions of the 1.5 million people of LAS? Also, BZN has a lot of attractions during the summer too. Especially compared to hellish LAS, whose residents might want to hit a dude ranch or a mountain hike up in Bozeman. Point is, Bozeman is itself a travel destination, unlike some other Allegiant cities. So maybe that i part of this.
MtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 3): What is next? More Wyoming or Idaho destinations?
The only other Idaho location I see as being viable for them would be Lewiston (LWS). City of 35,000 or so, and add Clarkston,WA across river as well as Pullman,WA and Moscow,ID (both with good college crowds), total about 120,000 folks that may prefer flying out of LWS as opposed to driving up to GEG. But not too sure of the sustainability of such a venture.
I think Pocatello,ID (PIH) would have been a good choice if they did not serve IDA already. Only 50 miles apart ,but an additional 50,000 people. Not sure if they'd bother perhaps cutting into IDA loads. Plus, a lot of Pocatello folks just drive to SLC anyway. Would be nice to see more than SkyWest at PIH though.
As for anyone else competing with WN BOI-LAS, with two daily nonstops flights (and 3 on Sat), plus various connections from LAS, I don't see anyone else having the draw to compete effectively on that. It will be nice to have the early AM nonstop beginning in Fall switching from the 9 or 10:00am flight.
It would be kind of nice to see G4 expand into the ski-service ops that various other carriers are into with ski resorts and such. Sun Valley Co. always has issues with Friedman Airport in Hailey and its limited potential until a new field is built sometime. I see that the QX route to OAK is off, and LAX not sure about.It would be good to see them hook up with G4 and offer bi weekly flights into Twin Falls (TWF) from various points to help increase skier visits.
Anyway, good to see Allegiant Air working well at the smaller locales!!