I wouldn't necessarily call having an answer to nearly every past
reason as towards why WN
hasn't/won't come to BOS
finding fault in everyone's comment; however, given the current situation w/US one does need to think 'outside the box' a bit before answering. Besides, Zrs70 also pointed out that the close WN
airport station proximity reason for not setting up shop doesn't hold water.
But so far (thanks for everyone's input, by the way) I have only seen past
reasons for WN
not choosing BOS
. If I posted this thread over a year ago, most if not all these listed reasons would stand in their own right. However, one needs to look at few things that have since come to light:
1. Due to WN
's ignoring the JFK
market altogether in favor of ISP
(probably for the same reasons they presently passed on BOS
); they saw B6
come out of nowhere and florish out of JFK
2. Because WN
never set up a station at DFW
has been recently expanding to a point where DFW
is becoming another focus city for them. All of FL
's non-stop routes except ATL
are to/from other WN
cities. With WN
looking into the possibility of setting up shop at some of the ex-DL gates, means that the Dallas-Fort Worth long-distance market is getting too big for them to ignore.
3. One of WN
's primary rivals, US, may not survive beyond the first quarter of 2005. US' venerability (perceived or otherwise) a year ago may have very well been the reason why WN
went against their conventional wisdom and decided to come to PHL
instead of the more seemingly-logical ABE
. FYI, ABE
is about 60 miles north of PHL
; roughly the same distance as MHT
is from BOS
is also known for delays especially due to weather. Even on a clear day, I have seen 25 to 30 planes line up for take-off at PHL
at one time. Everyone thought that the delays (weather and otherwise) at PHL
would've stopped WN
from even considering going there... it didn't. However, I do believe that WN
may have 'factored' that in when they set up their flight schedules times in & out of PHL
. I've flown on their PHL
route several times this year. Even on a rainy day the flight has always arrived early.
Side note: BOS
' Runway 14/32 project is very similar
in design and concept to PHL
's 5-year-old Runway 8-26. Whether (no pun intended) the new Runway 14/32 (if built) will help alievaite delays at BOS
remains to be seen.
To clarify the point of my initially posting this thread; given the current
situation with US as well as other struggling carriers; could (not necessarily saying would) WN
set in BOS
and make it work. At present, the only reasons I could see them in BOS
not would be either because they aren't interested or they won't have enough planes to accomodate every ex-US market opportunity that becomes available.
Thanks for the correction Iowaman. I did indeed mean IAH.
Comparing BOS-MHT to PHL-BWI is apples and oranges.
I beg to differ on that one. Despite being about 90 miles from PHL, many Delaware Valley residents (even those that live north of Philly) have utilized BWI because of the difference in fares. Prior to WN coming to PHL, it was estimated that at nearly half of the cars parked at the BWI lots were from southeastern PA or New Jersey.
Ah Concordeboy, when you quoted me, you left out one important line (omission shown in bold
that leaves AA as the sole legacy carrier that has a prominent presence at BOS (I believe that BOS is a focus city for AA as well) but is not in Chapter 11 at this time.
[Edited 2004-10-11 20:46:44]
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