MYStristar- I beg to greatly differ with your views. While it was true back in the 90s that GPT
patrons would make the trip to MSY
to avoid high fares and turboprop aircraft, the tide has turned as GPT
has become a benefactor of the RJ
reveolution and one of few regional airports to see select regional flights upgrade to mainline. Not many in GPT
catchment area wants the time dealy of fighting traffic and MSY
crowds when the can easily access GPT
and be on their way. In fact with the addition of jet service, where even seeing pax form the North Shore area who find GPT
a less hasseling and time consuming facilitly.
Ture that some service is subsidized, but not 'quit the bit' as you describe, infact our scheduled airlines provide more service on a daily basis than Sunjet operates in a week. The FLL
and TPA FL
flts are casino sponsored, but FL
has direct control over the ATL
flts, more or less, and judging by the local area license plates in the parking lot, FL
is catering to just more than casino traffic.
Overall, when you consider the catchment area and number of hotel rooms avialable, its obivous that demand exist that could support more mainline service to already on the GPT
destination map, and to others; 2 of which have strong potential are the Mid West ie:DTW
, and DFW
While it may seem like a long shot, I could see a daily frequcey to a hub west of the continental divide, which one though, I'm not sure.
diretor recently made a statement idicating that all airlines are operating with load factore over 80%, diffently a sign that Gulfport is a growing market and the need for mainline seats and frequency is here.