-Yes agreed. However, YYC still isnt a big draw for US connections, because YYC is so far out from most major economic centres of North America. Where are you gonna go from YYC, YLW? YXE?
Well, unless you consider the petroleum traffic (CP used to run the Black Gold route, YYC
, with 100% of its business-class seats filled.... ah, the memories...), you're pretty much right - business conx in YYC
aren't as big as they would be in YYZ
But, when I worked AA
flights out of YYC
, they were often packed going in and out. With the problems in the industry and with AA
in particular, though, I know that AA
's yields in YYC
have gone down. UA
, though, has added more frequncies in the same stretch of time... most (if not all) of those to DEN
. America West has added service to Calgary in that stretch of time as well. QX
has added more frequencies as well (flying Q400s instead of F28s as they used to)....
YLW would most likely be a prime connecting flight for inbound folks from the United States. It was when CP
was running around... folks would come in on AA
, then connect onto YLW on CP
- it was the most popular outbound destination for interline pax, as I recall.
I'll admit, it's been a while... so I don't know if that's changed.... I somewhat doubt it, as YLW has always been very popular for CP
and now, WS
. But, judging by the fact that YLW has seen phenomenal growth since WestJet coming in is a testament to the fact that WS
could see a good volume of folks connecting through to destinations such as YLW.
The fact that the Canadian dollar isn't as low as it once was might mean that YYC
probably won't see the numbers of ski-vacationers it used to, this year.
There's pros and cons to everything. I'll agree that the transborder market would be a new fascet for WestJet that they don't have a lot of experience with before..... but the opportunity there is apparent; even you can admit that. It could cause some problems - but their prior track record and business decisions indicate that they'll most likely be successful, even if it's only in the West. They are West
Jet, after all. Most of their traffic still flows in that direction.....