CLE-SAN, a market that seems as if it should have non-stop service but doesn't, in Q3,2017 had 328 pax per day both ways, Frontier offered 4(?) flights a week, the only non-stops, and managed to capture only 36% of the market which means they carried about 104 passengers per flight.On one of their A319s, that's only about a 69% load factor. I guess it's obvious why they didn't repeat the flight this coming summer.
Could a single DAILY non-stop be more successful in capturing more of the traffic? Or is the market just too small to interest any airline, since none of them has a hub at either end? I guess I answered my own question; maybe CLE could see service when the pax count exceeds 400 a day.
WN could add CLE-SAN nonstop service since WN has a focus city at SAN, since WN has been at CLE for over 26 years, since WN has been at SAN for over 36 years, and since demand for WN service out of CLE has been increasing since the UA dehubbing at CLE.
While F9 does have seasonal less-than-daily nonstop service to SEA from CLE, the lack of daily nonstop service to SEA on AS, DL, or WN from CLE is a huge hole. There is enough demand for AS, DL, or WN to add CLE-SEA nonstop service. In addition to adding nonstop service to its main SEA hub from CLE, AS could also add nonstop service to PDX and SAN from CLE if it enters the CLE market.
While UA and NK still have nonstop service to LAX from CLE, there is enough demand for AA, DL, or WN to add CLE-LAX nonstop service.
Even though UA still has a hub at SFO, WN could also add CLE-OAK nonstop service since WN has a focus city at OAK and since UA is currently the only airline to have nonstop service to the San Francisco Bay Area out of CLE.