Sadly, I think you're right, Leelaw. Southwest doesn't do turboprop regional-feed operations. Was it you who pointed out in one of the other ATA threads that there's little demand for used Saabs in the US these days?
Who owns C8
? The only option I can think of, is, if they could somehow run independently at a low-enough cost structure just to get people to MDW
, where they could take the LCC flights of their choice. (It would help if the Saabs are paid for) It would mean a passenger buying two separate tickets, and dealing with two separate airlines, but people will go to some effort to save substantially on the fare. I've flown FL
before with people were flying FL
down there to pick up WN
And before anyone jumps on any of us: No one here has said we want ATA go go under! Unfortunately, it is a possibility, and if it happens, we who are interested in the industry (and/or who work in it) like to figure out what might happen next.
Were ATA to end scheduled ops, that would be a sad loss for the C8
cities, many of whom might not have other options for LCC service within the Midwest. That part of the country still has a distorted market due to insufficient LCC presence in medium-size and medium-small markets.