Like many, I would welcome the return of DL
, but I just don't think it will happen any time soon.
For one thing, DL
has made a tremendous investment in LGA
, and I don't think they want to dilute the traffic to either airport. The NYC airports are more important to carriers-more passengers, more profits. Look at WN
-they built up ISP
because in 1999 they could not or would not go into LGA
....slots were scarce if not non-existant, and WN
was still following a strategy of flying to secondary airports within major markets. Once they opened LGA
, it spelled the beginning of the end for ISP
, which now has barely 20 flights a day, as opposed to 50+ when WN
was in their heyday there.
The other factor is that I don't think enough people would use ISP
even if they came back. Airlines come and go there, and for whatever reason, if given a choice between ISP
, the NYC airfares are usually considerably lower. ISP
doesn't have enough variety of destinations to offset losses in certain markets, so I don't think it can be profitable for carriers like DL
they did decide to come back, or if UA
came back with IAD
or even CLE
, which they did in the 80's and early 90's, I would jump on it, and would be happy to connect all the time, as I did with US before they went downhill. You never know--we may see AA
back at ISP
in one form or another
Happy New Year all.....