There definitely are a few poor performers in the C8 system. CID should get a little help when UA mainline leaves, although Eagle/AAConnx have a very STRONG presence, considering the airport is in the middle of Iowa! MLI is a fierce city with UA's fare wars, American mainline, AirTran, and a heavy presence by Mesaba. SPI has always seemed a little weak for reasons unknown to me. The champs of the system seem to be DAY, GRR, MKE and the shuttle service to IND.
From what I hear, FNT is outdoing TOL in numbers, but TOL has a leg up on FNT as far as profitability is concerned. Pretty much as expected since C8 is the only carrier to Chicago out of FNT, whereas in TOL we have Eagle RJs to contend with. Considering they just got additional flights along with TOL and FNT, DSM and SBN seem to be doing okay. Especially SBN, since I believe that's the smallest market we serve -- and the closest to Chicago. No clue about MSN or LEX.
Ryan will correct me if I'm wrong, but out of TOL, our weakest flight seems to be the new one -- our first turn of the morning. With the schedule realignment, loads seem to have dropped off on the 345PM departure, which was pushed back 50 minutes.
Mind you, this is all educated conjecture.
On an aside, I took a trip to CLT recently, and that is one mainline city that is doing tremendously well for us. Almost everyone on my morning flights had elite status tags from another major carrier on their bags. In talking with a few customers, people are flying us because of our low last minute fares -- which is just as it should be. CLT is the epitome of a city that will benefit from having ATA in town. MSP is also thriving from what I hear. Look for Jason to comment further.
Going forward, the word is that advance bookings are higher than expected for the rest of the year. Look for more improvements to ATA.com.
Here's hoping for a better 4th Quarter,