In the meantime Alaska is becoming California's favorite airline. Connecting the dots throughout California - albeit they do not have a ton of frequency between LAX-SFO, OAK-BUR, etc, etc they do serve many more cities than WN in California and are very happy to connect the dots. The ole boys in Texas have their heads up their a$$es and think making employees go out and paint posters that say we love California make them the most liked in California. Open FAT, PSP at a minimum and give the California Rapid Rewards peeps what they want Hawaii - California's vacation destination.
People are getting angrier and angrier at Allegiant in Fresno (and other cities). 3X per day FAT-LAS would likely be chocked full. http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/art ... 54832.html
FAT-LAS is a low yield, high LF market. G4 is slowly killing demand. What was once the #1 O&D market is fading and fading fast. The Bee story is truthful, that you're risking your vacation by flying Allegiant. That said, WN would likely do better connecting FAT to PHX or DEN for connecting traffic. While Frontier will be back by April on DEN, I'd expect they'll be gone by fall... WN, throw us something, anything - please.
If I'm not mistaken, Southwest has more non-stop destinations from LAS than PHX. Yes, some are in CA and would generate very few connections from FAT, if any (SMF, SJC, OAK, etc), but it would likely be a better option than PHX, although I think PHX would still get at least 1X per day (still good O&D and a few extra markets that LAS doesn't have or are seasonal there).
The market is there for another carrier. Considering G4 makes 2X-3X per day on many days work with pure O&D, 3X per day on a 737/A320 even with less than 30% connecting traffic (there would likely be more) would work very nicely.
Frontier's success depends on their schedule/connections. If they pull the same thing as last time where you could only connect to a couple small markets, it won't work. At a minimum, need connections on every flight to/from D.C., NYC, Orlando, Chicago, and Houston. Minneapolis, Atlanta, and a few other big cities would be nice too.