UAL777contrail, your dogged support for your employer is admirable. Someone has to do it.
If Southwest wanted to enter COS
, they would, and they would do just fine. Southwest handed "Shuttle by United"s head to Oak Grove on a platter. WN
established themselves at MDW
in the face of UA
's Chicago hub, and are prospering. WN
established themselves at BWI
across town from UA
hub. The enplanements at these airports speak for themselves--big declines at IAD
, big growth at BWI
. Atlantic Coast certainly doesn't seem to think United has a great future in the DC area in the face of WN
. While ACA
's move may be very risky, it speaks volumes about a very successful regional's view of UA
If Southwest wanted to set up shop in CO
, probably at COS
, they would establish themselves just fine as they have at every other out-of-TX market they have entered. UA
could beef up service all they liked, but if there's any carrier they can't predatory-practice out of a market, it's WN
. BTW, DOJ probably should have looked into UA
's practices against WP
, but if I remember correctly they didn't.
Western Pacific also committed suicide by deciding to move to Denver. One analyst called it "the first planned airline suicide I've ever seen." That appallingly financially unsound move, by a small carrier with no other operations, guaranteed their demise.