jetmatt777 wrote:Cubsrule wrote:jetmatt777 wrote:Perhaps Southwest just had poor timing on the flight, I believe it departs OKC around 7pm. Fairly useless for most OKC originating business travel. UA and AA offer a much better selection of options to CHI, and experience much fuller flights.
Options are important, but when I was commuting to OKC I used that MDW flight a ton. It permits a full day of work and still hits the last bank at MDW, so the connectivity is pretty good (albeit with awfully late arrivals to the northeast and Florida). I agree that AA and UA are the problem but the timing is not bad for a 1x flight.
Seemed to work well for your case, but my point is for the OKC originating traffic it's not as good of an option as a morning flight would be for business travelers.
I don't know. An 0600 flight arrives MDW at 0800 or so. That's no good for an 0900 meeting virtually anywhere in Chicago. And, the earliest a passenger can get to a connecting destination is about 1000 or 1030 (MSP/BNA - there are closer cities but they are on eastern time so passengers lose an hour). That's only of limited utility. OKC is just too far west for a lot of same-day early morning departures in that direction. Going south or west works better.