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Why Is There No Low Cost Service In The Midwest?  
User currently offlineTheHangarCat From Canada, joined Apr 2002, 87 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

I've been looking at both JetBlue and Southwest's route maps and I noticed that there are no cities being served in the middle northern states. Places like Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota are not being served by either airline. Is it because there is no market up there? Are there no major metropolitan centers that are suffering from the costs of major carriers?

Can someone provide some info to a poor clueless canadian hangar cat?


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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4626 times:

No Demand. Infact there is very little demand for anything there

User currently offlineSeiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

In order to support low fares, airlines need to do a certain volume of business in a market. At this time, no markets in those states have enough traffic to support low fare carriers.

User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

AirTran just started flying into MKE. There has been talk of Southwest obtaining gate space here as well, but that's all it's been. Midwest Express offers what I think are VERY reasonable rates to many major cities, with direct flights out of MKE. But of course, YX is not a low-cost carrier. I will agree with the other members who've responded to this post when they say the demand is not there. Most likely, Southwest serves Chicago Midway airport, but hasn't made the hop to MKE for this very reason. It would be interesting to know what AirTran's load factors are on flights into and out of here.

User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4579 times:

That is just like Enterprise Rent A Car. They claim to have a store withing 10 minutes of 90% of the Continental US population. Guess where the other 10% live? (hint, MT, WY, ND, SD) Plenty of land, no people and no profit.

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4661 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

How does ATA do with their Saab regional flights feeding MDW? As noted above the Midwest's big problem is that a lot of markets don't have the volume to support 10 73G flights (WN's requirement) or 3-5 717 flights (AirTran's requirement). I've long argued that if someone could figure out a way to apply the low-fare formula to regional service, there'd be a big market out there. RJ's are high-CASM. Attempts to do low-fare service with props--ShuttleAmerica comes to mind--have not been successful.

If ATA has found a way to get 7-8 cent CASM's with its Saabs, they could have really hit on something for the Fargos, Duluths, and Traverse Cities of the country. Do the Saabs to SBN, TOL, etc., make good money at low enough fares to stimulate business? If so, that could be a way for low-fare service to get into the Plains and Upper Midwest.


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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4553 times:

To follow on the theme above about little demand to the midwest cities (as well as the hubbing of NW at places like DTW and MSP), consider this: No one really WANTS to fly to these places, they HAVE to.

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User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7100 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4532 times:

The ATA Saab 340 flights seem to be doing well...at least judging by ATA's traffic releases. ATA Connection has done wonders for Springfield,IL...traffic is way up there. However, most of the ATA Connection cities are still pretty decent sized markets...DSM,GRR,TOL,SBN,DAY,IND,MKE,MSN all have at least 250,000 people.

There just aren't any large markets in states like Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota or South Dakota. I have doubts if people living in those parts of the country will ever see lowfare service. The traffic volume just isn't there....the only way service works is if you use small planes (like RJ's and props) and feed into mega hubs.

There are almost 430 commercial airports in the US. Looking at traffic numbers and population figures, I can't see more than about 150 airports that can support some type of lowfare service. The remaining cities will just be stuck with the major network carriers and high fares. Or in some cases, they will lose air service altogether.

User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

There is low cost airline. It's called Midway Express and they fly out of MKE!

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