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DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:01 pm

Looking at DL's schedules, MSP-ABQ is being suspended for the winter beginning November 23. The flight returns on February 15, 2013.

This route has been served by NW for a very long time. I wonder why the route is going seasonal.
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Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:26 pm

When NW was still around, basically all traffic from the West Coast and the Northeast was routed to ABQ through MSP. I don't recall if there was ever a MEM-ABQ, but if not, that's almost the entire NW network funneled through MSP which means the route could easily support multiple flights.

Now, SLC takes virtually all the West Coast feed, and ATL also has three daily flights, taking all of the Southeast traffic and probably much of the Northeast as well. Not much left for MSP to grab other than the Upper Midwest.
 
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:53 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Looking at DL's schedules, MSP-ABQ is being suspended for the winter beginning November 23. The flight returns on February 15, 2013.

It's a weird winter cut to the southwest, and It's strange to see it being seasonal. I guess people aren't making wrong turns at ABQ as much as they used to  
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:10 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
This route has been served by NW for a very long time. I wonder why the route is going seasonal.

They're flowing most of that traffic through ATL. Not much demand to head to the Upper Midwest in the middle of the winter, and that's the only area MSP covers that ATL is ineffective for from ABQ.

As you said it has been a long served route. I think Northwest entered the ABQ market in 1992. First with DC-9s, then they used the MD-80 before finally switching it to the Airbus.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 1):
When NW was still around, basically all traffic from the West Coast and the Northeast was routed to ABQ through MSP. I don't recall if there was ever a MEM-ABQ, but if not, that's almost the entire NW network funneled through MSP which means the route could easily support multiple flights.

I'm not sure there was much traffic from the West to ABQ connecting over MSP, but it was certainly a good place for connections to the Northeast and upper Midwest. I don't remember there ever being a MEM flight.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):
It's a weird winter cut to the southwest, and It's strange to see it being seasonal.

Not really. ABQ doesn't get the same influx of warm weather seekers that places like PHX and PSP see, as the elevation is much higher and results in cooler temperatures. There's a slight amount of ski traffic going to resorts in northern New Mexico, but not nearly enough to justify adding any flights during the winter.
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:20 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):
It's a weird winter cut to the southwest, and It's strange to see it being seasonal. I guess people aren't making wrong turns at ABQ as much as they used to

I lol'd

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 3):
Not really. ABQ doesn't get the same influx of warm weather seekers that places like PHX and PSP see, as the elevation is much higher and results in cooler temperatures. There's a slight amount of ski traffic going to resorts in northern New Mexico, but not nearly enough to justify adding any flights during the winter.

We're not really a snowbird destination. If anything high season for tourists is summer and into fall, with Balloon Fiesta being the bookend.

Not to mention NM ski resorts are more of a regional draw (though I suppose some are really trying to change that), lots of Texans too.
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:28 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4):
We're not really a snowbird destination. If anything high season for tourists is summer and into fall, with Balloon Fiesta being the bookend.

There's some ski traffic, but it is certainly far less than summer tourism traffic.
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:27 pm

It seems like ABQ can't catch a break. So many flights have been trimmed back these past 2-3 years.  
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:55 pm

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 5):

There's some ski traffic, but it is certainly far less than summer tourism traffic.

Yep, considering that every summer DL uses some daily 752s on the ATL-ABQ route. However, it looks like DL isn't upgauging any flights for the Balloon Fiesta this year.
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:02 pm

Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 6):

In the grand scheme of things, ABQ can't support what it could in the past? It seems the local economy isn't awful...US Airways used to run 5-6 daily A319/A320, and now, we barely get anything bigger than a mix of CR2/CR9 with the occasional A319 showing up, for example. United rarely shows up with 752s to DEN, if at all.
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:17 pm

Quoting Sevensixtyseven (Reply 8):
United rarely shows up with 752s to DEN, if at all.

Yep, and IAH is now all United Express.
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RE: DL Suspends MSP-ABQ For The Winter

Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:37 pm

Quoting Sevensixtyseven (Reply 8):
In the grand scheme of things, ABQ can't support what it could in the past? It seems the local economy isn't awful...US Airways used to run 5-6 daily A319/A320, and now, we barely get anything bigger than a mix of CR2/CR9 with the occasional A319 showing up, for example. United rarely shows up with 752s to DEN, if at all.

Airlines are showing a lot more capacity constraint than they used to a decade ago. Many airports have seen flights downgauged and lost a flight or two due to mergers making routes somewhat redundant. It seems to feel a little worse at ABQ in the last few years as WN's operation at DEN has increasingly taken over many of the connections that used to flow through ABQ.
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