Chi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
I was thinking. Why doesn't Southwest fly any other aircraft besides the 737 series? I was just wondering. Can anyone answer this? Why doesn't Southwest fly to JFK or LGA or MIN or DEN?? Can anyone answer these questions. Thanks
FlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2277 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1183 times:
Probably the biggest reason Southwest does neither of the things you metioned (fly aircraft other than the 737 and serve larger international airports) is to cut costs and pass the savings on to their customers with low fares.
Keeping a single aircraft type in their fleet drives down the cost of maintenance and training. Pilots don't need to be trained to fly multiple aircraft types, and spare parts and maintenance training are only needed for one type of aircraft, thus lessening the cost.
Southwest tends to avoid large hubs for serveral reasons. Landing fees are much higher and gate space is usually at a premium at some larger airports than at smaller surrounding airports. Congestion and airline dominance at fortress hubs is another reason Southwest doesn't bother with airports like JFK or DEN. Instead, they fly to airports that are about an hour or two away from large metropolitan areas (i.e. Islip for New York City, Manchester and Providence for Boston, and Birmingham for Atlanta).
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3938 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
What everyone has said is accurate!
Flying into a JFK or LGA ect, would have an adverse effect on WN's bottom line. And for an airline that prides itself on the famous '10 minute turn'(20 minutes @ LAX) this would not be possible on a regular basis at any of the airports that you mentioned. I just mentioned LAX, now that Steve has mentioned these big airports, I have always wondered why WN flies into LAX, when it seems to go out of its way to avoid the majors, perhaps someone can answer this. The only other major that I know that WN serves where there is a competing airport that WN flies into is IAH. Of course WN has a huge operation at HOU some 30 miles to the south of IAH.
WN use to fly to DEN up until the mid 80s, one of the reasons I was told (among others) that they pulled out was due to delays, in particular weather delays.
In any case Southwest's formula works very well and hopefully no one will tamper with this 31 year success story......"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"