AWACSooner writes: "Overall though, I suspect they are really trying to make huge inroads at DFW
, and thus about to expand the base...but I can't help but think of the pullouts from DTW
and the downshift of FLL
...and wonder how long DFW
will last before NK
starts a drawdown."
AWACs- you're going to have to clue us in as to these supposed "pullouts"of ORD
. By comparing the following 2 images, it is clear that over the last 3 years, ORD
has only seen very large growth and DTW
has grown some as well.
Spirit Route Map Circa early 2010
Spirit Route Map Circa early 2013
: In the 2010 route map, I count 3 nonstop cites from Chicago and from the current map, I count 16. Over the last 3 years has added 13 cities and roughly 15 daily departures for a total of 19-21 departures a day depending on the day of week/season. Spirit has had this same amount of flights since mid 2011 out of O'hare, and the only reason more have not been added is the lack of gates. Spirit is maxed out in ORD
with only 2 gates.
: in 2010 NK
had 10 nonstop cities at 13-14 daily departures. and now they have 13 nonstop markets for a total of 17 daily departures.
So in both cases of ORD
your supposed "pull out" theory doesn't exactly hold. I would love to see what makes you think that ORD
have been pulled down, if you have proof or ideas, please do tell. Sure, out of these cities some markets have been dropped or reduced but the slack was obviously made up elsewhere where markets or flights were added, a rearranging of the deck chairs, if you will.
I will give you that FLLs amount of flights have been reduced slightly over the past few years as international and Caribbean frequencies have been reduced but overall capacity is actually up in FLL
with 178 pax A320s taking over many of the former 145 pax A319 routes and much of the frequency reduction southbound has been largely made up with the addition of domestic flights northbound.
[Edited 2013-01-05 18:38:20]