IMO, FL has a good shot of coming in here in the next year or so. The ATL route is in need of new competition, and a couple new routes to FLL or wherever could be in the works.
I'd imagine the ATL
route would probably do just fine; AirTran serves BUF
alongside Delta, and both carriers operate mainline equipment (along with DL operating some DL Connection) on the routes. But....
1 or 2 to MCO, FLL, PBI, BWI.
AirTran does like to fly to a couple of markets other than ATL
from its Northeast and Midwest markets. But there are some flies in the ointment in Albany.
Of course AirTran isn't going to fly to BWI
, against 7x daily on WN
Southwest flies 3x daily to MCO
. No way AirTran will try to compete with that. And soon Plattsburgh will have G4
, pulling pax from that region.
, maybe. But WN
with its strong market power hasn't done it so far.
generally isn't a big enough draw from secondary markets in the Northeast. Same for RSW
has a much bigger population within a 50-mile drive supporting its PBI flights.
And what if FL
were to want to try MDW
is already doing that too, 2x daily.
AirTran seems to want to be able to run at least 5-6 dailies fairly quickly from its new markets. On top of 3x daily ATL
and maybe 1x daily FLL
, I can only think of one other possibility: maybe 2x daily business-timed flights to IAD
[Edited 2007-09-19 04:38:48]
[Edited 2007-09-19 04:43:08]