There has been considerable talk on Airliners.net about another low-cost airline moving into Colorado Springs, CO (COS).
Right now, I can envision both WN and FL seriously looking at using COS a major destination city, capitalizing on the winter sports and increasingly year-round traffic from Pueblo in the south and the southern suburbs of Denver in the north.
Yet, both airlines have yet to announce service to COS. Why?
I'll take an educated guess at this: there is a "Gentlemen's Agreement" of sorts in place for WN and FL to stay out of COS until UA's financial situation improves. This is because some of the highest yields for UA are at DEN, and any serious competition for UA in the Denver, CO area will be financially devestating for the airline. I don't think WN founding CEO Herb Kelleher and and FL CEO Joe Leonard wants to be remembered as the airline that killed UA.
In short, I don't think WN or FL will fly to COS until the economy improves and UA is back on firm financial ground.