LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25719 posts, RR: 50 Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3315 times:
DOT today is out with designation decision that grants AirTran its requested Denver-San Jose del Cabo route authority.
AirTran argued that Republic Airlines which held dormant authority in this limited entry market had failed to utilize these rights since 2008 creating circumstances that were not in the public interest.
AirTran proposes to commence year-round DEN-SJD service within 90-days of receipt of all regulatory approvals.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
airliner371 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 1441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3265 times:
No surprise at all.
Not to hijack the thread but what does anyone think of FL entering GDL and PVR (from anywhere). I know WN offered to start FL service on GDL-SNA when interjet applied but SNA wanted competition. GDL can't be far away from starting.
You will either love or hate the airline industry. If you love it, it will get in your blood and it will never leave.
Honestly, I was very surprised when WN/FL started this expansion into Mexico from Western cities. I think PVR would be a good route to start, either as year-round or as a summer-only route (I'm not sure if they can successfully compete with UA and F9 on this route if they do it year-round).
I don't know much about GDL in terms of how much of a tourist destination it is, but it looks like it has pretty good coverage by other American carriers. Because UA and F9 aren't in this market, I think WN has a shot at being successful with it.
mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25405 posts, RR: 86
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 4): Out of interest why didn't RP (F9) use these route authorities?
As it turned out, there was no need or value.
Republic applied for the several authorities when it first acquired Frontier. They gave it the opportunity to put a smaller aircraft (the E190) on the route if it was necessary in off or shoulder season, or for the whole season as with DEN-ZIH and MCI-SJD (for at least one winter).
But the economics of the E190 declined with the rise in the price of fuel and with the decision that Frontier become an all-Airbus airline, these authorities became irrelevant.
wnflyguy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
This is great news.
Personally I would like to see the 2nd daily SNA-SJD operate only on Friday and Sunday.
Then add NEW service to ZIH on Tuesday and Thursday and PVR on Monday,Wednesday and Saturday.
FL already has infrastructure at both ZIH and PVR with it's charters from MKE.
They could run the same schedule to DEN.
A/C flow orig SNA-SJD/ZIH/PVR-DEN-SJD/ZIH/PVR-SNA ron.
my post are my opinion only and not those of southwest airlines and or airtran airlines.
sdoyon From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
Quoting azstar (Reply 8):
I suspect WN/FL will replace all of F9's international service from DEN, just as it has taken over many of F9's domestic markets.
That's definitely the goal. When the FL brand is retired in 2015, you'll see all these new int'l routes [SJD-SNA/DEN, SAT-MEX, etc...] taken over by WN. They're setting the stage and getting the route authorities now.