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How Is CO's IAH-HOB Performing?  
User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6490 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

With CO's IAH-HOB now in service, I was wondering, does anyone know how the service is performing?

Looking at seat maps through the next week, it looks like the flights are generally about 1/4 to 1/2 full. This is not as good as when AA began DFW-SAF, which is now has up to four flights a day for the summer, and SAF-LAX finally seems to be picking up.

Does anyone know how it has done in the first few days of service?


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User currently offlinetxagkuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

First to answer your question - No, I don't know how it is doing.

Frankly, if CO wants to do this they ought to route it HOB-DAL-IAH. I don't think they'd lose any of their HOB-IAH traffic and there is a small but significant amount of local Hobbs to Dallas area traffic they could capture.

For some minor trivia.......once upon a time, Hobbs, Roswell, and Carlsbad were all served by Continental. They used Viscounts. Trans-Texas (later Texas International) took over the routes from CO somewhere around 1963 or 1964. Of course, we all know that Texas International later bought Continental and took the name......but if you scratch the surface, Continental was still TTa up until the United merger.

Shortly after Southwest started their intra Texas expansion in 1977......right after they had added Midland/Odessa and Lubbock,......people got to noticing just how many cars in the LBB or MAF airport parking lots there were with New Mexico plates. A few studies were done and it was unreal at just how much of the traffic at LBB and MAF came from Hobbs and/or Roswell. A smaller, yet still significant, amount of Carlsbad traffic flowed thru El Paso.

Southwest could not make their formula work at Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell, or Clovis. There was some thought, however, that a Southeastern New Mexico Regional AIrport (sort of like XNA, only in New Mexico) might be able to consolidate enough passengers from the 4 county area to attract decent air service.

The problem was where to put the airport. Roswell was (and is) the biggest city in SE New Mexico, so naturally they thought that using the old Roswell Army Air Field/Walker Air Force Base was ideal. Of course, that was about 10 mi S of Roswell, 110 mi NW of Hobbs, and 70 mi N of Carlsbad.

The folks in Carlsbad and Hobbs preferred a location midway between those two cities. There was no shortage of flat, barren, and uninhabited real estate out there. That was precisely the reason the government chose that site as a radioactive waste storage facility.

There was serious talk about a site near Loco Hills, New Mexico.....which was equally inconvenient to everyone. The folks in Artesia really liked that idea.

At the end of the day, though, no airlines wanted to promise service without knowing whether or not the proposed facility would draw enough travelers and no governmental agency wanted to invest serious money without knowing whether or not some airlines would be coming to town.

I too am interested in what CO might be doing between Hobbs and Houston Intergalactic. 'Tis a shame, however, that we can't look out at Loco Hills Regional Airport serving all of Southeastern New Mexico and see AA, CO, WN, and others.


User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6490 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Quoting txagkuwait (Reply 1):
Frankly, if CO wants to do this they ought to route it HOB-DAL-IAH. I don't think they'd lose any of their HOB-IAH traffic and there is a small but significant amount of local Hobbs to Dallas area traffic they could capture.

I am not sure about that, otherwise AA would have probably started HOB-DFW. AA already serves both ROW-DFW and MAF-DFW, and HOB is roughly midway between those two airports. In addtion, WN already serves MAF-DAL.



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