There shouldn't be any material impact on WN
flights, maybe EXTREMELY minor cannibalization at the margins at worst.
You might get a handful of folks who live in western Nassau county who'd rather go to LGA
, and the occasional Long Island resident who works in Manhattan and might go directly to LGA
from the office rather than going to ISP
from home. That's pretty much it.
's service at ISP
appeals solely to the Long Island O/D market - ISP
is way out of the way for anyone west of Nassau County, especially when there are plenty of other low-fare choices: a certain blue airline at JFK
for service to FLL
is at LGA
, Spirit is at LGA
, Song's at all three airports, AA
out of LGA
is very competitive on flights to Florida, and so on.
(That's not a knock on WN
, btw - the Long Island O/D market is a very lucrative market to cater to, and WN
made a very sound decision to go into ISP
when they did. It's just difficult to appeal to anyone in NYC, NJ
, etc. from ISP
's presumptions from day one had this built in. I've never seen an ad for WN
in Manhattan. They might have them at Penn Station aimed at the LIRR commuters, but that's it.)
[Edited 2005-01-14 21:12:34]