LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
I suppose as a sign of confidence of the continued build up of its Las Vegas flying, Spirit today marked the opening cockpit, flight attendant, and maintenance base in Las Vegas employing 200 people initially.
Spirit serves 9 markets with 21 daily departures at LAS.
Hmmmmm. Including 1-flight reductiions in at least 2 of those 9 markets on Thursday; I am aware of SAN and OAK both being cut from 3 to 2 daily flights on Feb 9 -- maybe to "make room for" the new AZA flights that start that day? I'm not familiar enough with their schedules to know exactly what else has gone backward for them there but it seems that LAS-LAX has also lost some capacity recently?
but I'm not all that convinced that it's going all that well for them way out west... Maybe lots of new routes being added but it remains to me to be seen if the existing routes will prove to be successful or not.
NKOPS From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1898 times:
Quoting SANFan (Reply 1): but I'm not all that convinced that it's going all that well for them way out west
I think they may still be feeling their way out west... I think SAN and OAK were cut to make room for IWA, but might be trying to right size everything also....Once they get a little more feed from the east (FLL starts in March, and I wouldn't be surprised to see ATL come back at some point) it will help the flights out of LAS..
However, having watched Spirit a lot in the past, if a route is not working, they will pull out with no hesitation.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
Well the Spirit has long held that it will not nurse markets - they must pay for themselves virtually from the git-go.
This was mentioned at one of the recent earnings call, and the carrier is well aware that 10-20% of its flying would turn over in 6-mos as being under performing. Kinda like places like the grocery store Trader Joe's which annually chops off the bottom selling 10% of its products.
So seeing a few adjustments however hardly is a sign of failure imo.
Clearly Spirit would not be investing in the infrastructure and bodies into Vegas if it did not feel the city has a good future in its network. Frankly, I see Vegas even with the economic malaise as a good place to be for someone like Spirit. They can backfill flying lost by US Airways for example being a lower cost operation while providing a nice alternate option for people and the city which has become ever dependent on Southwest Airlines as its primary air-carrier.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California