southwest737500
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Southwest CHS Performance?

Wed May 16, 2012 9:29 pm

Hey

How is SW performing in CHS

Any chance of expanding to some new destination

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Southwest CHS Performance?

Wed May 16, 2012 10:31 pm

I know WN is going like gangbusters at GSP. We consistently had 40+% month-over-month increases in overall pax numbers in the first 12 months of service, and for March this year, we were STILL up double-digits. It would be interesting to know if the pax numbers/yields out of CHS or GSP will warrant any new destinations or additional frequencies (a new GSP-HOU please!!!)
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Southwest CHS Performance?

Thu May 17, 2012 5:41 am

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 1):
It would be interesting to know if the pax numbers/yields out of CHS or GSP will warrant any new destinations or additional frequencies (a new GSP-HOU please!!!)

Well, I suppose it's good that the March numbers are still showing double digit gains because the first eleven months have shown a rather anemic performance from a load perspective.

GSP-BNA/BWI/MCO all ran load factors lower than 70% with HOU/MDW flying in the upper 70% range. CHS saw much stronger loads to BNA/BWI and similar loads for HOU/MDW.
 
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Southwest CHS Performance?

Thu May 17, 2012 1:50 pm

The GSP-HOU flight I was on a couple months ago was completely full, and I've been in the concourse and overheard WN gate agents ask for volunteers due to overbooking on the HOU flight other times.
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Southwest CHS Performance?

Thu May 17, 2012 2:04 pm

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 3):

The GSP-HOU flight I was on a couple months ago was completely full, and I've been in the concourse and overheard WN gate agents ask for volunteers due to overbooking on the HOU flight other times.

I have seen the same thing on the MCO flights. Recently flew a full 735 down to MCO and a nearly full 73G back. I've also been noticing that WN isn't offering the really low ding fares they originally were. I would think they would be trying to fill the flights with lower fares if things weren't working so well.


Quoting Futureuscapt (Reply 2):
GSP-BNA/BWI/MCO all ran load factors lower than 70% with HOU/MDW flying in the upper 70% range. CHS saw much stronger loads to BNA/BWI and similar loads for HOU/MDW.

Could the MCO loads be that G4 is taking some of those passengers? Charleston also has the benefit of not having a large hubbed airport an hour away.

I would love to see WN add a Denver flight to the mix, but I doubt that one is in the cards any time soon.
 
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Southwest CHS Performance?

Thu May 17, 2012 4:18 pm

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 3):
The GSP-HOU flight I was on a couple months ago was completely full, and I've been in the concourse and overheard WN gate agents ask for volunteers due to overbooking on the HOU flight other times.

One-man focus groups don't equate to real statistics. Even the worst performing flights sell out sometimes.

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 1):
I know WN is going like gangbusters at GSP. We consistently had 40+% month-over-month increases in overall pax numbers in the first 12 months of service, and for March this year, we were STILL up double-digits.

You do have other airlines. If everyone brought their fares down, everyone is carrying additional passengers.

Quoting clemsonaj (Reply 4):
I have seen the same thing on the MCO flights. Recently flew a full 735 down to MCO and a nearly full 73G back. I've also been noticing that WN isn't offering the really low ding fares they originally were. I would think they would be trying to fill the flights with lower fares if things weren't working so well.

Not necessarily. It's all about maximizing revenue.

Quoting clemsonaj (Reply 4):
Could the MCO loads be that G4 is taking some of those passengers?

G4 was there first so WN is the one not "taking" enough passengers.
 
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RE: Southwest CHS Performance?

Thu May 17, 2012 7:26 pm

Quoting kcrwflyer (Reply 5):
One-man focus groups don't equate to real statistics. Even the worst performing flights sell out sometimes.
Quoting kcrwflyer (Reply 5):
You do have other airlines. If everyone brought their fares down, everyone is carrying additional passengers.

Still, positive trends are positive trends. I'm seeing the glass as (more than) half-full here. Sorry if that peeves you.

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[Edited 2012-05-17 12:38:29]
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RE: Southwest CHS Performance?

Thu May 17, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 6):
Still, positive trends are positive trends. I'm seeing the glass as (more than) half-full here. Sorry if that peeves you.

I don't care either way, I'm 3 states away. However, you said they were going gangbusters with little or no evidence to support your claim of WN's performance there.
 
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RE: Southwest CHS Performance?

Fri May 18, 2012 3:36 am

I love how this thread has nearly NOTHING to do with CHS and only GSP. LOL
 
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RE: Southwest CHS Performance?

Fri May 18, 2012 4:46 am

I flew there and back, via Houston, a couple of weeks back. Both planes had not one empty seat. Tiny point of data.
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RE: Southwest CHS Performance?

Fri May 18, 2012 10:14 am

Quoting ouboy79 (Reply 8):

Lol, it's all about GSP, maybe I should make a GSP thread, hehehe
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RE: Southwest CHS Performance?

Fri May 18, 2012 2:18 pm

WN Load Factors at CHS:

2011 3 81.24
2011 4 87.24
2011 5 86.31
2011 6 83.46
2011 7 84.61
2011 8 75.66
2011 9 73.96
2011 10 83.23
2011 11 73.06
2011 12 66.11
2011 AVG 79.46


2012 1 51.35
2012 AVG 51.35

79.46 for 2011 isn't bad, January looks like it was kind of rough.