That's assuming, 4jaded, that UA
is going after local businessmen in these new markets, and I doubt that's the case.
While some traffic originating in the int'l cities will be necessary, UA
isn't going after the Costa Rican businessperson trying to get to Chicago, for example. They're going after the loyal Chicago-based Premiers who need to go to Costa Rica on business. Same with Mexico--UA isn't starting these flights for Mexicans who want to visit the U.S. (although I'm sure some will take advantage of the service), they're going after SFO
who want to visit Mexico on vacation and earn/redeem Mileage Plus miles.
In the press release announcing the new service, they even said something like "our loyal customers have asked for this new leisure service and we want to stay their airline of choice" blah blah.
Can we infer that all this new service, particularly Mexico, will be mainline, or will some of it go to Ted?
"We hope you've enjoyed flying with us as much as we've enjoyed taking you for a ride."