The Wright Ammendment comment on the MHT
web site was great. It was a way for MHT
to say 'Thanks' to a carrier that has invested there while tweaking a carrier that hasn't (and won't).
Getting on someone's 'bad side' presumes that there is a 'good side.' AA
is one of THE most predatory airlines out there, legendary for starting service in markets ONLY as a retaliatory strike at new carriers. They are well known for coming into a market, driving out whatever competition exists, and then leaving themselves. Who would want that at ANY airport, never mind our own?
came to MHT
twice, and left twice. I don't think MHT
officials give two hoots about AA
anyway, so what's the downside to tweaking them on the web site? AA
's arch-enemy, Southwest, rules the roost at MHT
. And even if AA
showed some interest in MHT
, their reputation precedes them. This time, MHT
officials would be dictating to AA
...not the other way around. AA
is nowhere near the 'Belle of the Ball' they supposedly were several years ago. Now, as for the much healthier carriers like Frontier or AirTran...each would get 'red carpet' treatment from MHT
officials. And between those two, I'd venture to guess that AirTran has a much better chance of coming here than Frontier. JetBlue eventually will be here, but like an earlier poster said: They've got growing pains right now, and too many other dots on the map to invest in (Portland, Maine, for one).
The high-level message is that MHT
will see (I think) its first-ever down year in 2006 since the new terminal opened in 1994. Of course, that's more about the health of the airlines than about the health of MHT
. As the industry slowly shows stability--and it will--MHT
will bounce back. In the same way that I believe 2005-->2006 will be down, I firmly believe 2006-->2007 will be up...strongly.