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Southwest To Hartford

Tue Jul 13, 1999 9:16 pm

Southwest today will announce it will start serving Hartford (BDL) this fall or early next year. Very interesting move, considering Providence (PVD) is only 75 miles away. But Hartford is great market, with good demographics. WN is going head-to-head with Metrojet from BDL.
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RE: Southwest To Hartford

Tue Jul 13, 1999 9:24 pm

Southwest is not going "head to head" with anybody. This isnt a football game, it is the airline industry. There is an untapped resource of low-fare leisure, and small business travelers out there. Southwest's market-research people can see that just as well as US Airways', United's, American's etc... When they tell management, "we think there is a large enough base of low fare travelers in XYZ city to support our service even with our competition", then the airline will begin service there. Herb Kehler is by NO MEANS stupid. If he thought that he couldnt make money flying into a market you can believe that SWA wouldnt be there. On the other hand, if you think that the traveling public in BDL or any other city will simply abandon other airlines to fly with wonderful magical SWA...well, you're fooling yourself then too. The only "winners" in this are the low-fare travelers in BDL who now have the choice of a number of full-service carriers, along with several low-fare carriers in the region!
I have no doubt that SWA will fill up the airplane regardless of where they chose to fly from BDL. I also, however, have absolutely no doubt that Metrojet will be every bit as successful. There are a LOT of low-fare passengers in the Northeast.
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RE: Southwest To Hartford

Tue Jul 13, 1999 10:01 pm

I agree that Southwest will expand the market. At BDL, USAirways brought in Metrojet, which has increased traffic. Before, US had about 20 flights per day to the usual PIT, PHL, CLT and DCA. But now, US/Metrojet has a combined total of around 35 flights/day.

Also, Delta Express has increased the traffic at BDL also.

The only drawback to DL Express and Metrojet has been mostly flights to Florida, but not to the middle. I envision WN maybe one-stop flights to MDW, at a much lower unrestricted fares than AA or UA nonstops to ORD. I only wonder where WN will park their planes, pretty crowded now, but $135 million expansion is in the works.

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RE: Southwest To Hartford

Tue Jul 13, 1999 10:08 pm

Good points, Racer and Ducker.

Ducker, I flew out of BDL last week, first thing in the a.m. -- all gates were full and at least 7 aircraft were on the apron, including new AA 738 to LA. I suspect WN will hurry along the process to expand terminal.
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