A few things to add. I believe Southwest has gained 2 gates at Terminal D. I tried looking at the arrival reports on Philly's website however for some reason none of Southwest's flts were listed. If this is the case, Southwest would have 6 gates for 41 flts. In my opinion they definitely have room to expand at least another 8-10 flts.
You are correct, WN
does have ex-US gates D2 & D4 in addition to its 4 Terminal E gates. Most of WN
expansion plans through last July did not take into account of the additional D gates. Plus, there presently are plans being made to expand Terminal E (a.k.a. the Hammerhead E project) to give WN
a total of 8 gates excluding D2 & D4. However, should US cease operations, those expansion plans could be scapped in favor of WN
moving to B & C.
However, i believe Airtran should really take a close look at both PIT and PHL. They haven't done much to expand lately and have put these airports on the backburner. If they don't act quickly they will lose both these airports to Southwest. At the same time Jetblue is making a name for itself at BOS and diminishing the hope Airtran had there as well. Thus, leaving only BWI has a good Northeast base for Airtran.
I agree with you regarding FL
's operations at PHL
although they do have more non-stops out of PHL
, many Florida cities) than out of PIT
As far as BOS
is concerned, while FL
may not offer any Florida non-stops out of Logan (probably due to the limited range of the 717); they do offer some unique non-stops out of BOS
, CAK, PHF, PHL
) that B6
does not serve.
Back to PIT
could if it, wanted to, add PHL
grabs it), BOS
grabs it), LGA
, and DFW
along with maybe a couple other cities that neither B6
presently serve and carve a unique niche market for themselves like they did at BOS
However, something tells me that with reports of US getting closer to liquidation, Joe Leonard may be secretly eyeing the northeast Shuttle market. That would be the only explanation I see as towards why FL
has not went into high gear expansionwise over at PHL
, and even DFW
as of late.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981