Thanks for agreeing! I guess you are not in MI
now. I am, but am originally from Ohio.
One other note, I also think WN
's model would just not work in GRR. What I mean is that WN
will not go into a market with only one route (GRR-MDW
That route is the most logical, but GRR-Chicago has too many seats (UA, AEagle, TZ
would have to hope for better destinations like BNA
, other places that make GRR a flop-opp (flopped opportunity). Further, if WestMI customers Really
want the WN
experience for a non-stop flight to Vegas, I think they'd drive to DTW
I am curious on the B6
express situation, and the local airport chat group brought this up that GRR would need more gates. Well, that is not true, the airport needs to just use the gates it has more efficiently.
I think small and large (but not middle sized) airports like GRR on the small side and LAS
on the big side - common thing is that they are mostly O&D traffic - would be best utilized as CUGS and CUCS - Common use gate service and common use checkin services. LAS
does this now I think. European airports have been doing this for years. Take GRR's 11 gates and look at the number of flights, and what the gates could really turn flights in, and we will see that it is about 40% utilized.
Further, I think if we put a single security checkpoint in (reworking the lobby), we could add an efficiency.
This is the abbreviated version, but if we invested a few million dollars in technology - common use ticket counters, common use gates, corresponding support services for that, and security reworking - we would make GRR a more economical airport per flight
, and if the economics/fees per flight from an airlines operating costs perspective is more attractive, more carriers, especially the LCC type would show up @ GRR. Now, existing carriers like NW
, ... would just add larger a/c or additional frequency to existing desitnations, but the LCC model would work great because it could introduce new carriers and bring in some much needed price competition on some routes from the LCC side.
Thus, back to topic, may warrant an LCC to the West nonstop from GRR.