When I flew out FLL right after Katrina to LGB on Jet Blue I noticed the large number of idle Spirit planes sitting on the tarmac at FLL. It was funny timing because as I saw those planes I thought about how Jet Blue when the Embraer planes come into the fleet (supposedly Fort Lauderdale will be launch city for the Embraers) could put Spirit into a world of hurt on routes from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean and domestic points besides the Spirit niche routes like Atlantic City and Detroit.
When I returned from my vacation I learned Spirit is adding lots of new destinations from FLL, and just peeked at the route map and it looks like a real hub. What is everyone's prognosis on the potential success/failure of these new routes, given the intense competition at FLL, and the lack of a new runway at the airport thanks to the NIMBYs in Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale?
Any thoughts or insights? Does US Airways or Jet Blue or anyone else plan to respond? (I assume Delta is not in fiscal shape to respond)