As of now, it's hard to tell exactly what other new service might be in store for CMH
. The airport has begun a massive campaign to attract new service, from waivers on landing fees and gate leases to fund for marketing new service.
JetBlue in Columbus probably isn't very likely. Their current focus appears to be transcon and Florida flying from their JFK
home, as well as expansion from their fledgling Long Beach domicile to major destinations on the East Coast. The airport has stated that jetBlue is on their radar screen, but CMH
just doesn't fit their business model at the moment.
I agree with MAH4546's statement concerning CMH
service. With this latest announcement, it seems clear that American wants a greater piece of the CMH
market, and MIA
would definitely help them gain it. A well-timed MD
-80 that would allow for connections to Latin America would work very well, in addition to taking advantage of the current O&D demand between the two cities. I've heard that AA
wants to add a 5th gate at CMH
, so it might happen.
As for Delta to SLC
and United to SFO
...who knows. Like I said earlier, the airport is offering some VERY generous perks for initiating new service, so if the offerings are deemed enough by these airlines, it very well could happen. With Delta's expansion in Columbus, Salt Lake City could be a possibility. However, O&D between the two cities is only roughly 80 people per day, so the route would have to rely pretty heavily on connecting traffic. If they could put an RJ
on the route, they could probably do it.
Given United's fiscal situation, they might not be around much longer. It would be great to have them start CMH
, but in their current state of contraction and focusing on making a new LCC, starting CMH
is most likely not very high on their priority list.
Lastly, with Los Angeles, the route as of late has not been doing well at all. Since it was placed in the 8PM bank, connecting, as well as local passengers, have dwindled. If any carrier were to pursue an LAX
route, I believe Southwest would be the best carrier to do it. They already offer 2 one-stop flights between the two cities, and their low fares coupled with (hopefully) a more convenient departure time, could make the route work.
I still believe America West had a lot of potential here, sadly they never capitalized on what they had.