The carrier announced 18 flights to launch between September and October, its biggest expansion since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. None of the new flights are from Dallas Love Field.
Consultants say they think Southwest will have even more aggressive plans in short order.
"I think Southwest is sensing that the industry is on the cusp of a huge shakeout among the legacy carriers," Mr. Garfinkle said. "Their growth will be even more than they've let on so far."
An excerpt from an article which ran in the Seattle Post Intelligencer :
"This is the next wave of Southwest service. There are going to be a lot more waves this year and next," said Chief Executive Jim Parker Thursday.
Parker said the airline's launch this year of service to Philadelphia has been the most successful city launch for the airline ever in terms of demand.
And then, from the article posted in the thread starter:
Southwest, known for starting small and growing slowly when it has launched service elsewhere, started in Philadelphia with 14 flights a day to the six cities. It plans to add another 14 a day to seven more cities in July, and in September, it will begin a Saturday-only nonstop flight to a 14th city, San Diego.
That is the most new service the airline has ever started from one city in the first two months, Kelly said. "It has every sign that it will continue to grow."
The Southwest officials said Philadelphia could have about 40 flights a day within a few months. The airline has only four gates, in Terminal E, at Philadelphia airport, which will limit its growth unless it can find more.
This current "wave" of 18 new flights just announced (none from PHL) takes effect on September 15th and October 4th. I'll bet you anything the next wave of new flights will once again involve PHL and will commence between Oct 29 (when Daylight Savings Time ends) and the end of the year.
Question - I remember when Southwest first announced PHL they were to use the four gates but there was a chance they could get four more for a total of eight. Are these other four gates existing ones that are occupied by other airlines now or are they gates yet to be built?