I'm going to agree with you on this one. I'll tell you why. I live on the west coast and I can't sell a US Airways ticket to anywhere west of PIT
to save my life. When I say "west" of PIT
I mean the Ohio Valley area where US still has a strong presence; IND
(plus you can throw in Chicago). Many people I book do open-jaws and end up returning from another city. In other words, they fly to the east coast and return from somewhere in the mid-west or Ohio Valley region. Nine times out of ten US does not work unless they don't mind backtracking back to PIT
. Most people do not like the idea.
Right now they are trying to do this on a code-share basis with UA
. They might fair better doing it on their own thru STL
. Not that many gates would be needed for a healthy schedule to connect existing US Airways markets west of the Mississippi with the Ohio Valley cities mentioned above plus CLT
. They can then grow from there.
It would be a good way to strike back at one of WNs stronghold before it gets much bigger. Besides, the way things look to me, AA
will fully lose interest in STL
down the road anyway. RJ
's to LGA
. How embarrassing is that?