RIC is the largest airline market in the United States to have NEITHER an airline hub NOR a single LCC with daily flights to anywhere.
I doubt FL wants to play the RIC market because of their buildup at PHF.
As someone who grew up exactly the same driving time from RIC
, PHF, and ORF, I have wanted to see the following scenario for a long time:
has been in Newport News since the ValuJet days. Once WN
arrived at Norfolk, I figured it would only be a matter of time before an LCC came to Richmond. I was hoping for B6
so we could have the "Triple Crown" of LCC's in eastern Virginia, without them directly competing with each other.
For my 2nd choice, if JetBlue decides not to come to Virginia, or goes to Norfolk instead of Richmond, then I'm rooting for Frontier to come to Richmond. They currently serve BWI
, and if I'm not mistaken, DCA
with direct A318/319 flights to Denver. Even though I currently live in the flight path of ORF, I would gladly drive 90 minutes to catch a direct flight to Denver... it beats sitting at BWI
or Hartsfield for 2+ hours.