It's unlikely, Danny, even though it would be great to have another low-fare carrier in Upstate NY. Spirit today flies mostly leisure routes like Florida, to which Upstate NY has low-fare service, and their DTW
home base isn't developed into a hub yet.
--The only Florida city to which Upstate cities seem to reliably support nonstop service is MCO
. All four medium-size airports currently have a low-fare nonstop on that route (BUF
could probably support a second nonstop, and alone of the Upstate cities BUF
could possibly support an FLL
nonstop. So mayyyybe they'd enter BUF
, but it seems to me unlikely.
doesn't have enough O & D density to Upstate NY to support a second carrier on top of Northwest. If Spirit had a regional affiliate, like ATA does, maybe they could sneak two or three Saabs in daily to each market and make money. But Spirit only has big one-class MD
-80's. They'd need to run at least two dailies--an AM
--to be worthwhile to business travelers. That would be over 300 seats, an awful lot to fill on O & D alone. Maybe once they build up a hub operation at DTW
and can get some connecting pax, it's a possibility.
There was a detailed thread a couple of weeks ago based around a Detroit Free Press article saying that Spirit wants to grow a low-fare hub operation at Detroit. I don't have time to search it now, but you may want to look it up. Hope this helps!