|Quoting Quagmire123 (Reply 7):|
Milwaukee (the real head scratcher) is doing horribly with ticket sales right now.
For whatever reason, MKE
does not have a good track record of responding to low-fare service unless it is to somplace like Florida or Vegas. Some examples...and some of these do go back 10 years...of airlines coming in to MIlwaukee and trying low-fare service to other destinations.
was pulled after less than 3 months of loads about 35%.
does fine in summer and dries up severely when school starts until the following spring. That's why they've been in and out of it so often.
-DET averaged fewer than 20 people on a 737 and pulled out in a six months. ProAir ultimately lived only a few more years, but they had far better success filling planes to their other destinations.
did relatively poorly, unlike their Florida and Vegas scheduled flights from Milwaukee which did well.
advance-booked so weakly they pulled it before it was to begin
lasted 6 months and averaged about 33 people per 737 trip in spite of connections & thru flights to RDU
With Southwest flying CMH
on the cheap and ORD
airlines generally matching that fare, I have doubts there is a great attraction for Chicago-Columbus traffic to use Skybus at MKE
. Milwaukee-Columbus is only about 6.5 - 7.0 hours by car, and car is probably the biggest competition in a market this short. Here's what a family of four would pay for a MKE
weekend trip 12/13 through 12/16
$240.00 Fare @ 4 pax ($25 southbound, $35 return)
....77.20 Taxes & Fees
....44.00 Parking in structure ($11/day)
$361.20 excluding the cost of a rental car if needed.
Even with pretty good fares available, $361.20 is not pocket change. Is it cheap for flying a family of four anywhere? Absolutely! But is it worth it for a family of four? Maybe. I'm a big advocate of flying and would always fly if possible when the drive was 6.5-7.0 hours. But a lot of people would not. And when you consider the actual door-to-door time, it's not that big of a savings to fly a trip like MKE