DeltaRules wrote:flycmh2009 wrote:Pudelhund wrote:
United doesn’t seem to like mid-major airports in general. Most airports of CMH’s size seem to be either LCC quick-in/out focus cities and/or half baked AA/DL operations. Oddly, United does a lot of work at smaller regional airports that are too small for the LCC 737/A320, but not these kinds of airports.
Half-baked really is the best way to describe it. While it's nice DEN is 100% mainline now, the rest is a mess. Almost entirely 50-seaters to the largest hub and way too many regional partners in general to even come close to providing a consistent product. I'll only take them out if it's on a ERJ170 or above. And even that's a stretch as I'm typically on WN anyway.
I'm curious to the market dynamics which result in CVG having mainline to IAH and IAD and PIT to those two plus EWR, but none to any of those from CMH.
One big difference between CMH-WAS, CVG-WAS, and PIT-WAS is that WN has nonstop service to both DCA and BWI in the DC market from CMH, whereas BWI is the only DC airport that WN serves nonstop from CVG and PIT.
One big difference between CVG-IAH/HOU, CMH-IAH/HOU, and PIT-IAH/HOU is that there are currently no LCC's serving IAH or HOU nonstop from CVG, whereas WN currently serves HOU nonstop from CMH and PIT. Another big difference is that all of DL's CVG-IAH nonstops are operated on regional jets, whereas WN currently operates its CMH-HOU nonstops on 737 MAX 8 planes and its PIT-HOU nonstops on 737-700 planes.
PIT also had more O&D demand to IAH/HOU than CVG or CMH did in Q2 2018.
For comparison, here is the average number of passengers per day for CVG-IAH/HOU, CMH-IAH/HOU, and PIT-IAH/HOU in Q2 2018:
CVG-IAH/HOU - 406 passengers/day
CMH-IAH/HOU - 387 passengers/day
PIT-IAH/HOU - 654 passengers/day