DeltaBoy777
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Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 6:23 am

Just wondering if anyone had heard of any future cities Southwest Airlines was thinking of moving into. I had heard not too long ago that they were looking into to Colorado Springs, and were pleased with the vacant terminal and connector waiting for them. Is this rumor a true one? Thanks for the help!

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OPNLguy
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 7:06 am

There have been a number of threads on this, and you might check for them.

In a nutshell, SWA reviously announced that they wouldn't open any new cities in 2003, and will instead concentrate on "connecting the dots" of its existing route system.

As far as new cities in 2004 and beyond, note that every year, around 125-150 different airports try to woo SWA into serving their airports, so it could be any of them, Sure, some people have their pet favorites, based on the latest "rumor" or "buzz", but that's all they are--rumors. SWA keeps everything pretty quiet until the last minute.
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 9:02 am

OH NO....HERE WE GO AGAIN Smile
 
Matt D
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 9:07 am

Greensboro, NC, Fresno, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Trenton, NJ, and the Crab Nebula.
 
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:09 am

Personally, I'd pick Cardassia. Since the Dominion War ended and they joined the Federation, there's going to be a lot of business and diplomatic traffic. But they won't pay high fares since the Cardassian economy will take time to recover. Also, Cardassia might generate good tourist traffic for outdoorsy types. The weather's nice, and Risa is getting overpriced.

Finally, the success of Southwest's Kronos station indicates that they do well on planets with warrior cultures. WN's employees are famously good at getting Klingons to hand over their bat'leths as checked baggage.

Barring Cardassia, I'd look for COS, FAT, ROC, GSO, RIC as good possibilities. MKE goes high on the list, though, if anything happens to Midwest. TTN's wealthy NIMBYs and short runway will probably keep WN away.

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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:51 am

o Utica/Rome
o Macon, GA
o Fargo
o Presque Isle. ME
 
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:59 am

This topic gets discussed to death quite often and there was a rather long thread on it recently...another possibility that gets mentioned often is ABE...

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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 1:53 pm

I talked to a SW pilot about two years ago, and HNL is a possibility, with the 737-700s with the longer range. They could do the flights from LAX or OAK, or somewhere on the west coast. I've also heard that they tried ATL, but the gates at Hartsfield were too expensive.
 
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 2:23 pm

I think DCA-ROCguy is on the right track, although I am unclear as to how the Shamu paint job would fit in with that scenario.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Has COS been able to fill, with any real success, the hole that Wes-Pac made when they left town?

Additionally, is it only DEN that WN can't stand, or does all of Colorado fall into that category?






 
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 3:56 pm

We are NOT opening COS and we are NOT opening HNL ANYTIME in the near future. That is from the mouths of our exec's at our recent "Message to the Field"... Sorry folks!

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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:00 pm

HNL was mentioned earlier, but what about ANC? Also, have they ever looked at going to MSP?

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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:49 pm

MSP will be the last city we open in these 48 states. Weather and delays are a huge issue at that station. HNL is too expensive and would require the reconfiguration of our existing -700 fleet to hold rafts. ANC, why? Like mentioned above, we are working at connecting our dots...making more non-stops, long hauls, etc. We recently started PHX-DTW and SJC-BWI nonstops...expect to see more, many more coming up soon...

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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 9:51 pm

Forgot about the raft issues for HNL, would the rafts also present a problem for opening up SJU?
 
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:03 pm

Somebody tell those execs they need to start Service to Anchorage please!!!
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:37 pm

SJCguy:"MSP will be the last city we open in these 48 states."

. . .So you're saying there's a chance. . . Big grin

(Said in the voice context from the movie "Dumb and Dumber")

Cheers, DIA

P.S. Hey, at least COS comes before MSP! Maybe SWA is warming up to Colorado! Okay, I'm joking again. . .
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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:47 pm

I've always wondered why WN didn't fly from DAL to both SHV and BTR?
Is there not enough traffic to either of those cities? Especially since BTR
is the capital of Louisiana. Is it because it is "fairly" close to MSY?


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RE: Southwest: Possible Expansion Cities?

Sat Apr 12, 2003 12:11 am

>>>would the rafts also present a problem for opening up SJU?

Yes.
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