I don't know how you can undo the damage between PIT
and USAirways. So much was made of the dismantling of the PIT
hub, and so much acrimony on both sides during it all. Having flown from MHT
to the west coast several times via PIT
, I found it a wonderful terminal to grab a meal and just relax between flights...not the claustrophobic place at PHL
. It's a nicely-designed terminal at PIT
, and I don't really understand the carrier's desire to ditch PIT
in favor of PHL
. Yes, the north-south traffic probably flows better through PHL
than through PIT
, but is that the ONLY reason why they favored PHL
In the end, didn't USAirways decide to only take back a handful of gates at PIT
? It seemed to be a move designed to placate the city officials at PIT
, who would be angry as hornets to see their 'new' terminal abandoned by the only significant tenant there.
So, with PIT
hanging around as a weak sister, I suppose USAirways will have to focus on PHL
...and fight the good fight despite the orange-and-red interloper.
So...the question is this: if USAirways battles WN
, they will likely have to lower fares to entice traffic onto their planes. Doing that without ALSO massively overhauling their cost structure will be their downfall. That said, will the cost structure be lowered (i.e. will the unions cave) or will USAirways die after putting up a small fight? And if any of you believe that they can survive with NO cost restructuring, please enlighten us with your wisdom. I believe the unions--in the same way a ship's captain goes down with the ship--will not give back, and the carrier will cease to exist.
Chris in NH