Wow...Travis, the last time I was BWI
in mid-May), America West was still at that counter. I suppose they've moved to some of those acres of still-vacant former US Airways counters.
I've long thought BWI
still has decent potential for AirTran to grow *around* Southwest. Srbmod, AirTran has specifially avoided competing directly with Southwest on any BWI
route except those to the really dense Florida markets that support both easily. We won't be seeing AirTran run BWI
, for instance. The density isn't there to support both.
Here are what I think are the most promising WN
-free AirTran route possibilities from BWI
--for GSOflyer and all those who don't want to drive to RDU
--AirTran makes their living scrapping it up with Delta and AA
, so they're not likely to be afraid of Big Red. Also, the DC area has had no nonstop LCC service to Minnesota since Sun Country.
is holding their own to ATL
fine there, so the nation's 4th largest metro area should support a couple of dailies to MEM
FNT--Wouldn't compete directly with Spirit's new DTW
, and offers north metro Detroiters another option.
CAK--They're up to 11 dailies there and have a strong customer base; a couple of dailies wouldn't compete directly with WN CLE
and should do fine.
--The sheer density of that route should support one or two dailies on each. Also doesn't compete directly with WN BWI
is on Independence Air's list, PIT
could probably easily support a couple of FL
dailies to BWI
, bracketing the DCA
area to the East. The PA Turnpike is a *very* crappy road and a lot of people would welcome not having to drive it. I-68 is better but its still the mountains. :P
both have loyal FF
bases there and connecting hubs, FL
probably would have a tough time breaking in.
--direct competition with Southwest. Maybe the market could support both; our Texans would have to give an assessment. But I'd be wary.