My question is this.. all the major airlines are merging and creating mega-companies. This is good for getting international and such, but it's leaving some stations with some gaps in service. So could independent regional airlines work. I don't mean airlines like Air Wisconsin or Skywest that use regional jets for service. I mean airlines like Porter and Solomon that fly a few routes and typically have one hub and maybe one focus city. An airline that is not looking to go global but one that is trying to serve a market, serve it well, and grow as necessary.
For instance, should MSY and OAK have a regional airline that serve the needs of their travelers. Branson has the idea but they are a private airport. Is it time to return to the 70s and 80s where many airports had their "own" regional airline that hubbed there?
I'm sure the argument can be made that many of these airlines went out of business, but it seems to work in other countries so I'm just wondering..
For example, little EWN (Coastal Carolina Regional Airport - New Bern, NC) has service on US to CLT and DL to ATL. What I envision is maybe a small airline that could offer EWN-WAS/NYC/MCO on either the Q400, ATR4-600, E70, CR7 or something similar. The market has service but doesn't get much as far as non-stop destination which is essential for business travel and attracting new service. And by incorporating the right aircraft with the right fares, I believe pax count can be stimulated for what is currently not there. So, what do you think?