Will someone please tell me how hurricanes that have already hit have any relation to trimming future growth plans.
AirTran is a heavily southeast-US centered airline. When I went to work with them in 2002, 40% of their profits came from Florida routes. I don't see that number declining...
In other words, they've taken a significant hit to their Net Income this year, money they were counting on to pay for those planes...
WN has the cash position to brush this off like a piece of dust, but the other 2 are barely majors and not as diversified yet.
Actually, neither one is a "Major" carrier yet. Neither B6
have hit the $1billion mark, though I wouldn't be surprised at either one becoming one this year...
Any opinions on them flying into DSM??? Maybe we will see them come back in the future.
There's a possibility that the new 717s and the 717s which will be relieved from heavier routes by 737s could be used to operate to DSM
, but there are other attractive markets as well. DSM
is only marginally larger than ICT
, and FL
has made some modest noise about dropping that route, as well.
Sounds like an excuse to me - expanding into Dallas would spread the risk surely - expanding their routes away from Florida would spread their risk if there are more bad breezes in Florida next year.
I believe that careful expansion at BWI
(read: Does not step on too many of WN
's toes) also helps spread that risk. If FL
added service from BWI
, CAK, EWR
, they'd mostly stay away from WN
markets while adding significant service to BWI
, spread the risk of foul weather, and add a whole new market from the northeast US to the midwest and south.
Also, did anyone notice FL
's new route map? It looks an awful lot like WN
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