GEEEZ. No more nonstops to SJC as of Nov. 1st from the state of Missouri. Man, I really saw MCI growing up in WN's system to be a major player, maybe not now, first RDU then SJC. Oh well, hopefully in the future WN will continue to build up MCI.
It can only be expected. Like the airlines that came before it at MCI- USAir, Vanguard, and others, they have all either pulled out or went out of business, like Vanguard. i'm sorry to see it happen again.
WN is not cutting back in MCI in no way in the big picture. After the WN section of the terminal is renovated, they would have picked up 2-3 more gates at MCI. The renovation for the WN section I believe is expected to start in the winter/spring of 2003/2004. So while they may be cutting some flights that must of been not very popular, I think they will continue to grow overall.
Sorry, but SWA isn't pulling out of MCI anytime soon. I believe that the MCI-SJC leg was the continuation of the RDU-MCI leg. PErhaps they decided that the loads on those nonstops were not profitable enough to maintain. Speaking as one who who has MCI as their home airport, the B terminal is usually hopping...with a LOT of people heading to the Southwest gates.
It very well could be redeployment, who knows though. From what Griggs has said 15 to 20 flights will be added. To where and when is still unknown. I would guess RDU, PDX, BNA, and HOPEFULLY PVD. That would make life alot easier for me!
SJC traffic is way down the last 2 years. The Tech bust is hurting that region. They supply numbers by terminal (A & C) not by airline. Terminal A consists of American and Southwest, with everyone else in C.
Year to date figures as of June show Terminal C O&D traffic is down by over 10% from YTD 2002. 2002 was down over 16% from 2001. So it doesn't surprise me that WN is cutting some flights that serve SJC.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
Well that really suprises me. First, because I used to frequent that non-stop and it was always 90-100% full. Secondly, I worked up at MCI this summer as an intern and did a lot of research with the DOT data. The data showed that 80 PDEW travelled between MCI-RDU. Throw in the SJC people continuing through and you have a pretty decent load factor. Hopefully somebody will pick it up but I doubt it.