masseybrown wrote:lakeeffect wrote:NK's loads from CLE in January were the worst since they started at 72%. NK's loads from CAK were even worse at 66%. I wonder if NK is cannibalizing themselves.
Looks that way. CLE down about 6,000 pax; CAK up (from nothing) to about 10,000. Net gain 4,000. Was it worth it?
January is a subpar travel month so it might be a tough month to base on analysis. Florida travel picks up by end of February and gets a big March boost with daylight savings and Spring Break.
Looking at the LFs, CLE-LAX (an east-west route) had decent LFs, while NK's CLE-TPA/RSW (north-south) struggled the most in January.
It's interesting that NK's CLE-TPA was more than 10% lower in LF than it's TPA-CLE's load factor, while F9 had high LFs on the same CLE-TPA flight service.
Was the CLE-TPA NK flight operated too late in the day or early? It's still surprising how F9 did much better than NK on the same CLE-TPA pair, unless there is an easy explanation like the NK flight was inconveniently timed.
All things equal, F9's mileage program is a little easier to understand and it's easier accumulate miles for a free one-way flight (10,000 miles which is 5-6 Florida roundtrips). There is a difference in Stretch seating vs. Big Front Seat, but the two are pretty much in experience for a regular seat, even though F9 might seem like it's a notch higher overall.