Of course, the DOT would prefer these slots to go to low-fare or new entrant carriers, so it seems unlikely that US will get the slots. However, it would really kick ass to have nonstop flights from PNS to DCA. I would definitely be on that flight.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4608 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2765 times:
That's a pretty sharp political move on US Airways' part. Apply for the slots to serve smaller cities. But....one frequency each for an O & D route? That wouldn't be terribly convenient for business travelers, who would still have to connect for their return flight. I can't help wondering if those slots, if awarded to US, would soon wind up serving additional frequencies to places like BOS or CLT.
Did AirTran or JetBlue apply?
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FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 6969 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
One flight a day isn't much, but for all three of these markets the DC area is a top three destination. Plus, DCA offers a decent number of connecting opportunities. In the case of the PNS schedule, you would leave PNS in the morning (6am) and then the flight returns in the evening which would work for business pax. The MOB and SAV schedules aren't quite as business friendly.
I don't think JBLU or AAI have applied yet. I don't think JBLU will even apply as DCA doesn't really fit in their current route system. I would expect AAI to apply very soon.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2680 times:
I don't think US Airways will get the slots. Delta applied for similar routing several years ago, with ASA operating the flights, and were turned down, and those slots went to Frontier, Midway, Spirit, and ATA.