I've always theorized that because WN
is building up Islip, that they'd turn ISP
into a focus city or a hub of sorts. The handwriting on the wall came with PVD
nonstops. I figured that we here at MHT
would see the same sort of service. But then WN
cancelled service between PVD
and that probably doesn't bode well for MHT
flights, obviously. But it begs the question: what WILL WN
do at ISP
that sets it apart from any other Northeast station such as MHT
isn't building a big, new terminal with food court at any of those stations.
Sooo...my theory goes like this: Eventually, Southwest will open up more of the northeast/New England. Granted, we're not talking about population meccas here, but Portland, Maine; Burlington, VT
; Bangor, Maine come to mind. And...the Canadian Maritimes. Places like Halifax, St. John, etc. These places--while being 'international'--seem like fabulously profitable cities for Southwest. If someone from Halifax, say, wanted to go to Orlando, what better way than to fly from there to ISP
and then on to MCO
? Seems like a goldmine, since those cities are starved for service to the lower 48.
And before someone tells me that there is no market up there, then why does Southwest fly to the bustling metropolis of Harlingen, TX
? Or Lubbock?
Chris in NH