After several months of going into Airliners.net to check out photos and reading through various aviation discussion forums, I decided to join in the fun and post my first topic.
With all the headlines and hubbub regarding WN
to a lesser degree) setting up shop at PHL
this May; my questions are:
1. What's FL
's plans for any addition or expansion at PHL
? Prior to WN
's initial announcement about Philly, Airtran seemed to be getting all the attention and headlines. According to DOA (City of Philadelphia's Division Of Aviation NOT Dead On Arrival) records and a Philly Inquirer article written around last August or September, Airtran experienced the largest percentage (18%, I believe) of passenger growth during the past year out of every airline servicing PHL
2. Have they (FL) made any changes to their PHL
service growth or expansion plans in response to WN
coming to town? I do know that FL
has since added a third PHL
flight (I use this route for the occasional Saturday day-trip to visit family and friends) and started non-stop service to PBI
(1 flight); I'm not sure of any other additional flights since last fall.
Personally, I'd like to see FL
add some routes similar to what they're doing at BWI
(non-stops to DFW
, CAK, plus PHF). Seeing that WN
was already well-entrenched when FL
came to BWI
about 2 years ago; one would hope that the 2 carriers can co-exist at PHL
. Just out of curiosity, does anybody (especially any 'Airtraners' in this forum) have any 'genuine' info.? I do recall Joe Leonard stating that for 2004, Airtran was going to focus on 'connecting the dots' as opposed to adding new cities.
Any answers or insights would be much appreciated.
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