If they could somehow get gates, FL
could still expand heavily from ATL
. There are still a lot of markets that FL
could easily serve from ATL
. However, w/o more gates, ATL
growth will stall.
I think FL
needs to bite the bullet and just pick one city and really focus hard on it. In order to be successful in business markets, you need to have a decent portfolio of routes. It takes time and a decent number of gates to build up this portfolio and there are only a few markets available.
I actually believe BWI
has this potential and FL
should push to grow there. Of course, WN
is a beast in the market, but I think there is room for both. And with WN
's costs rising rapidly, they are less and less likely to want to get into a fare war with FL
. I don't know how many empty gates are available on D pier, but last I remember there were still some empty ones. I think the first new routes to be added would be SFO
, CAK, FNT, MSP
. As they build marketshare, FL
might even be in a position to try some of its smaller markets (SAV
) to BWI
. This build-up wouldn't be easy and FL
would certainly take some losses on these routes initially.
Another option is to try and build-up a secondary market like CAK or DAY
. These markets are probably too small to be hubs and would have to rely heavily on stealing traffic from their larger neighbors. Of the two, I think DAY
would have the better chance given CVG
's super-high fares (which will likely go even higher). In reality, the best hope with building up DAY
is that it would position FL
to hop into CVG
were to someday abandon CVG
(likely if DL
/NW were to merge).
|Quoting N917ME (Reply 7):|
Joe and Co also need to explain why the 6 month trend of their stock has been on a downward trend. For making "wads" of cash, their stock is not reflecting much.
The stock of almost every carrier is down despite most carriers being profitable.