You know, two years ago, US Airways said that one of their biggest problems was the predominance of short-haul flying in their route structure, and that they needed to add more long-haul/transcon flying in order to help get their costs down (since ASM costs tend to be lower for longer flights). The new strategy at the time was going to be adding new long-haul flights (PDX
) to help get costs down and broaden the network.
I suppose that if the company sees no way of ever making a profit at SNA
, it makes sense to cut the service; the difficulty of regaining slots in the future makes it difficult to change their minds a year or two down the road.
As far as I can see, CLT
will be losing most service to the West Coast by December -- aside from three daily flights to both SFO
hub) and LAX
still consider it a hub?), CLT
will have one daily flight to both PHX
, and none to SEA
. With SAN
down to six daily flights and SEA
down to four, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see them both lose US mainline service either. It's also a bit sad when you consider that CLT
probably had better service to the West back in the Piedmont days.