|Quoting Kcrwflyer (Reply 4):|
WN isn't after G4's passengers. They can't make money on them, In fact, Spirit and Frontier are probably the only airlines than can make money on G4's pax and the jury is still our on Frontier.
I think your generalization of G4
's passengers represents only a small percentage of their customers.
I honestly don't have data to back up my assumption, but I believe it's only a small percentage of G4
's passengers who are traveling only because they found a great deal and wouldn't otherwise be going on vacation. And of those passengers, they're probably the ones who are booking a room at Circus Circus or Days Inn (or fill in the blank of any other cheap Las Vegas hotel) which Allegiant probably doesn't make a whole lot of money on anyways.
is successful on DSM
because they are the only airline offering the route non-stop (which happens to be one of the most popular destinations out of DSM
1. They only offer the route 3-5 times a week, depending on the time of year
2. They rely solely on O&D traffic
3. They charge so many fees, for example their checked bag/carry-on bag fees (which, let's be honest..who goes to Vegas an only packs a small back pack that can fit under the seat in front of you?)
After all of the nickel and diming, although there are good deals to be had on Allegiant, you would probably end up spending less on Southwest.
Even if Southwest siphons only a few of Allegiant's passengers, they could also get the passengers who don't want to fly on an ULCC that nickel and dimes their passengers left and right (and who don't want to fly with the passengers stereotyped above). They'd get the passengers who are either driving to OMA
for a nonstop Southwest flight or the passengers who'd rather connect at a hub on a legacy carrier than fly Allegiant. Also, LAS
would provide a western connecting point so people wouldn't have to backtrack to MDW
Who knows, maybe Southwest and Allegiant could co-exist on DSM
. It'll be interesting to see what happens at ICT
when Southwest starts flying there. ICT
is a similar sized market to DSM
and has also had G4
service for years.
I also don't buy the argument that Southwest wouldn't be successful at MCO
because Airtran wasn't successful. Airtran operated twice weekly and didn't allow connections. MCO
is another popular destination out of DSM
especially in the winter-spring break time frame. A daily flight offering connections would, in my opinion, do well against Allegiant for the reasons stated above.