When I first joined a.net over a month ago, my first post related to AirTran's future plans at PHL
as well as how they may respond to WN
setting up shop at the neighboring terminal and establish competing routes (mainly to Florida).
With all the recent hoopla regarding WN
starting service in PHL
(there were also some pickets from the WN
flight attendants union regarding their working without a contract for the last 2 years at the Terminal E entrance this past Monday), it was only a matter of time that FL
would start to say something to let travelers know, many of which would not have considered flying if WN
didn't come, that they too offer low fares, new aircraft, plus have affordable business class upgrades ($35) as well as serve many airports that WN
won't go (ex. ATL
, maybe non-stop DFW
service in the future).
Keep in mind, as it was stated earlier, last year FL
experienced the largest growth out of any airline operating out of PHL
. IMHO, they could have done a litte more aggressive expansion out of PHL
. They knew WN
was coming just as long as everyone else did.
is no 'sleeping giant', they aren't a lightweight either; it looks like they finally woke up in PHL
Sometimes one has to wonder if one of WN
's 'minor' reasons for going for PHL
was a 'pay back' for FL
going and expanding at BWI
for the last 2 years.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981