There's also Southwest MDW
for $65 unrestricted.
, as well as OKC
, and ABQ
, I can see WN
increasing its fares modestly on the shorter flights as well, but certainly not to the levels charged by the network carriers for their monopoly routes. BHM
on Southwest, for example, is $95 walkup and they have 97% of the market. Compare that to CLT
-WAS (a similar distance) on US Airways where the walkup fare is over $450.
It will be interesting to see Southwest's response to AA
's dramatic pull-down of service at STL
; given that AA
is reducing mainline departures to 53, WN
will operate the largest number of mainline flights at STL
after November 1. It seems likely that mainline will continue to serve ORD
, and TPA
. With ORD
accounting for roughly 20-25 of those 53 departures (since AA
will need to route more passengers via the remaining hubs), 3 to 4 daily to the major business centers like LAX
, and 1-2 daily to the rest.