EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10666 times:
I sure wish WN would start service between MDW and EWR! I love WN and they've become my airline of preference out of Chicago. I travel fairly often to northern and central NJ on business but would never consider flying into LGA only to have to backtrack through Manhattan to get to my destination. I have used PHL to get to central NJ, but it isn't always convenient and PHL can have substantial delays. Yes, I know EWR has bad delays, but LGA is bad as well. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'd use WN to EWR in a heartbeat if it were offered! If WN won't do it, maybe the new UA can see to reinstate service between MDW and EWR?
Is this since WN started or has it always been that low? No wonder they're moving the flights to ORD, although I still doubt they'll do any better against UA and AA.
I keep saying, as much as I like WN, I'd still like some more options out of MDW. Maybe post merger UA could fit in a handful of MDW flights to certain markets. Even if they don't make that much money on their own, it could help as far as strengthening the "Chicago's Hometown Airline" image, something AA and WN are inevitably going to go after once the CO influence starts seeping in.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26322 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9832 times:
At an analyst call recently, SWA said they were quite pleased with LGA performance and would happily add more service if the slots and facilities were to become available.
One interesting comment they made about LGA, was that unlike most cities where they look to market outbound service to to locals, this New York service was primarily intended as a key inbound destination spoke in the SWA network, and one that many flyers had long been asking for.
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I'd be curious to see what the yields on these routes are. The LF's may be abysmal, but the fares on these routes command a bit of a premium, and it may be necessary to have quite a bit of extra capacity to maintain frequency and guaranteed availability. Of course, WN's success suggests that many travelers aren't willing to pay extra for that frequency/walk up seats.
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Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23448 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8222 times:
Quoting luv2cattlecall (Reply 10): Of course, WN's success suggests that many travelers aren't willing to pay extra for that frequency/walk up seats.
I don't know about that. BWI isn't the preferred airport for business travelers in WAS, and that's with good reason - it takes quite a while to get to D.C. from BWI - 35-40 minutes in the absolute best case. With Acela clocking in at less than 3 hours, it probably makes more sense to take the train than to fly to BWI, at least if coming from Manhattan. Given that MDW is actually closer to downtown Chicago than ORD, the dynamic is different in Chicago.
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GlobalCabotage From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 605 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4481 times:
Yields on flights between NCY/CHI/DC are very strong. Many short notice, high dollar fares. Also, the higher dollar demands frequency. Airlines can fly hourly with these loads and make money. Not sure how DL out of MDW survived, but it has now moved to ORD, so we may have the answer.