|Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 12):|
On the idea of sending a 328 to MKG, I think it'd be cool but when Great Lakes takes over the EAS routes, is it gonna be worth having both Skyway and Great Lakes fly the route? Or is Great Lakes only going to fly MKE-MBL without the stop in MKG?
A bit of history for you as to whether or not we can support a jet:
Up until about a couple years ago, MKG's flight schedule consisted of the following (the times are MKG arrivals and departures only:
), arr 6:50am / dep MKG 7:05am
) arr 10:45am / dep 10:55am
) arr 2:05pm / dep 2:20pm
) arr 5:05pm / dep 5:15pm
-MKG-MBL) arr 11:10pm / dep 11:25pm
The summer we had that schedule, the four MKE
departures were packed to the gills with the best loads the station had ever seen. That following winter began the first of the Beech reductions. As a result, 1049/1413 was moved to an 8:05/8:15pm arrival and departure, which killed our loads on that flight as there were little to no connections. The next summer, the three remaining daytime flights were still packed to the gills.
About a year ago, when the AD
went out on the Beech 1900s for inspections of wing spar cracks, two of our Beeches were pulled off the line for maintenance and a number of flights in the system were pulled off the line until further notice, including 1404/1405.
That flight never was reinstated, but they did eventually move 1049/1413 back to a 7:05/7:15pm time, which opened that flight up to connections to the 7:30 block of departures from MKE
. This past summer, the two daytime flights have still done really well, and 1413 I would say averages half-full loads outbound.
However, as of late, with 1042 and 1403 being tied to MBL, we've seen alot of our seats taken by MBL traffic. Often times, MBL passengers comprise half or more of the flight, which is impressive for an EAS city. Great for MBL, but a challenge for MKG passengers to get any seats on the daytime flights.
As long as our flights are well-timed, the demand exists. MBL wants to eliminate and MKG stop on one of their flights...such a move would open up MKG to a better-timed FRJ flight (preferably a morning kick-off). Obviously, MBL's schedule is a stumbling block in getting us the flights we want at the times we want, but if we could get a morning kick-off jet flight and a late-afternoon (5:00-ish) jet flight, I think the loads would support it.
Midwest does very well here, the only thing holding us back is the number of seats going out of here.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.