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2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sat Feb 19, 2000 1:26 pm

I herd form Frequent Flyer Mag. that there is going to be 2 new low fair carriers at MSP is this true?
 
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RE: 2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sat Feb 19, 2000 1:59 pm

Not likely this year.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which is in charge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, recently announced that it was opening up 5 new gates that belonged to Northwest Airlines and was up for grabs to whomever wanted it (NW was given no choice in the matter). The intent was to try and lure additional airlines, especially the low fare ones, into MSP.

None of the low fare carriers has expressed any interest at all in adding MSP to their routes. Jet Blue commented that they need to focus on other markets right now. Midwest Express and Southwest also said MSP is not a target market right now.

There is a major battle going on between Northwest and Vanguard right now with the latter losing. I personally don't think a third low fare airline could make $$$ at MSP right now. American and TWA are also battling it out with Northwest right now, but both carriers have enough seats filled to make the routes profitable though not by much.

The only the that has resulted in the order by the MAC is that Vanguard Airlines moved from the Green Concourse to the Blue Concourse.

Basically, it isn't going to happen...

Mark Abbott
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RE: 2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sat Feb 19, 2000 2:08 pm

accually Vanguard is still in the Green at least they were there a month ago.
 
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RE: 2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sat Feb 19, 2000 2:14 pm

Sorry! I got the two reversed....

Vanguard is in the Green Concourse, next to America West's gate 77. They moved from the Blue Concourse. As much time as I spend there you'd think I should know the concourses by now..... 

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RE: 2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sat Feb 19, 2000 2:21 pm

yep that sounds right. but dont forget that TWA moved from RED to GREEN Where did Vanguard gate at at the blue on a map on my wall vanguard is in the red
 
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RE: 2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sun Feb 20, 2000 8:58 am

Would AirTran be involved in this?

Jeff
 
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RE: 2 New Low Fair Carriers At Msp?

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:26 am

I spend a hell of a lot of time out there too, and Vanguard was on the red before they got moved out to "no man's land" at the end of the Green Concourse. They were on the Red Concourse, because they had leased their gate from TWA. However, NW decided to swap gates to keep as many of their operations as possible on the Red Concourse, TWA was moved to the Blue and Vanguard to the Green. I don't understand why NW doesn't give up 41 and 44A so that they can have all of their operations on the Red, Green, and Gold and everyone else (with the exception of Icelandair, KL, and UAL Express) on the Blue.

Back to the topic, however, the two new airlines were supposed to be Airtran and JetBlue. Airtran has decided to put their route expansion off until their plane expansion is completed, which makes perfect sense. What doesn't make sense is why they wouldn't move from Bloomington/Normal or Flint to Minneapolis, where they can capitalize on unhappy NW/DL passengers. And JetBlue has just started, which leaves the door open for a late-year entry.
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JetBlue

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:31 am

JetBlue I think will not come here anymore or at least for a while becuz NWA just added flights to JFK coincidently the same time JetBlue started up.

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RE: JetBlue Correction

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:34 am

I change my mind. Jetblue might come in after all because of the Hatred of NWA here at MSP. JetBlue have better inflight amenities for the coach traveler than NWA. Naturally they will have better service than NW.
 
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RE: USAirways 737

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:39 am

Nice to have another Woodbury resident here on the board...how long have you been posting?
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RE: USAirways 737

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:43 am

40 Days, Do you work for NWA?
 
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RE: USAirways 737

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:47 am

I'm gonna apply in the summer. Right now, just working at WHS
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