(or any other carrier) doesn't need to match or undercut the fares from PDX
. They can actually charge more, they just need to make the additional cost of flying from SLE
less than the real and/or perceived cost of traveling to PDX
by car. QX
already does this in numerous markets, such as BLI, YKM, EAT, etc. For example, RT fare in mid-October from SEA
is 285, from BLI is $405. That's $60 additional each way from BLI, which when you factor in gas, insurance, time and parking (along w/ the stress of traveling the I-5 corridor), enough people are willing to pay to justify seven flights a day.
The difference is SLE
is about 50 miles from PDX
, a little more than half again closer than any other city served out of either PDX
. I honestly don't believe they could make the above ratio work out profitably, leaving only the option of SEA
service. I can tell you from my days in RES, folks in central Oregon don't like the idea of flying north to fly south (where the bulk of AS
's connecting opportunities are), which means you're likely only going to be catching those heading north or east, a fraction of your potential connecting traffic.