nwray
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SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:56 am

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm having trouble understanding why the SeaTac fees are such an issue to SW. If airports charge per passenger to each airline equally, then isn't the charge simply a pass-thru to passengers and all airlines on an equal footing? Where does the relatively higher SeaTac per passenger charge limit the ability of SW to grow in Seattle, as I believe SW has claimed? What am I missing here? Thanks.
 
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:59 am

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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:08 am

Quoting Nwray (Thread starter):
What am I missing here?

The cost at SEA compared with the costs at other airports...

See this article (a pretty good one) at:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...technology/2002425021_gates07.html
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:23 am

My problem with SW's proposal is that it doesn't include the rest of the infrastrucutre. They're pretty much going to expect us taxpayers to pick that up. Forget them, I say. The plan for SeaTac is overbudget, just like any other airport expansion project post 9/11. Live with it, it's going to provide the region with it's best option in terms of people movement and traffic, when finished.

Honestly, the complaining is ridiculous. Everyone pays the same fees, and while it may be more expensive, they have control over thier costs...it's called AIRFARE. Jeez.

(Sorry, that was more rant-y than inform-y, but this whole SW really irks me. It's a shabby proposal designed to line their own pockets, not help out anyone in this region.)
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:33 am

Quoting Lemurs (Reply 3):
(Sorry, that was more rant-y than inform-y, but this whole SW really irks me. It's a shabby proposal designed to line their own pockets, not help out anyone in this region.)



Quoting Nwray (Thread starter):
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm having trouble understanding why the SeaTac fees are such an issue to SW.

SW = Air Namibia. WN = Southwest


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nwray
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:47 am

Thanks for the responses. But, one more time. If WNs costs of operation of flights into SEA are some percentage lower than its competitors, and if SEA airport charges are equal among all airlines, then WNs ticket prices to SEA should always be less than others...whether the airport fees are $5 per passenger or $15.

Or, is it that all airlines are eating some portion of the relatively large SeaTac fees, and that goes against WNs business model?

Does WN really think lowering its airport passenger fees by moving to Boeing Field will encourage more people to fly to Seattle?
 
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:16 am

It may not encourage more people to flying to Seattle (traffic will increase regardless) but it will increase their profit margin. I would like to see them move to BFI just to give us something to talk about on the forum--since I'm not in Seattle I don't have too much compassion LOL.
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:56 am

Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 6):
It may not encourage more people to flying to Seattle (traffic will increase regardless) but it will increase their profit margin. I would like to see them move to BFI just to give us something to talk about on the forum--since I'm not in Seattle I don't have too much compassion LOL.

I'd rather see BFI than PAE.... NIMBY! LOL!

actually, it would be cool to have them up in Everett.... 20 minute drive to the airport rather than 55, plus plane watching all day! (ok - 737 watching all day!  Smile )
 
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:30 am

Since the fees are evenly distributed between all the carriers at SEA, should WN leave for BFI, the fees that are presently being paid by WN at SEA will be transfered evenly to all the other carriers serving the airport.

Likely, a result of a move would be a competative advantage due to higher operating expenses the other airlines would incure when the fees are redistributed, and later added to ticket prices of anyone leaving out of SEA.
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charges!

Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:38 am

Quoting Canoecarrier (Reply 8):
Since the fees are evenly distributed between all the carriers at SEA, should WN leave for BFI, the fees that are presently being paid by WN at SEA will be transfered evenly to all the other carriers serving the airport.

Likely, a result of a move would be a competative advantage due to higher operating expenses the other airlines would incure when the fees are redistributed, and later added to ticket prices of anyone leaving out of SEA.

Which is why Alaska has requested to move as well along with Southwest correct?
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RE: SW & SeaTac - Help Me Understand Airport Charg

Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:17 am

Which is why Alaska has requested to move as well along with Southwest correct?

Someone with better information about AS's financial situation might have a better take on this than I, but I think AS is bluffing. If I heard correctly, WN has proposed building their own terminal at BFI, which I doubt AS can do right now. And, exactly who would AS get to work the ground handling of their flights out of there? They outsourced the ramp in SEA, but I have questions whether or not they could lay out the cash right now to either A, build a terminal, or B have the materials in place to do security and ground handling of aircraft.
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