My question now that Orange County SNA market/Economy has fully recovered would it be wise for UA to resume SNA-HNL service.
The rich OC people love there airport and hate LAX. Even with westbound weight restrictions they could probably make money in this economy.
Sadly, it probably won't happen. I've asked this question on A-net as well, as have others. The thing is, as bad the drive up to LAX is from here in South Orange County, if it means saving a few dollars we'll do it. I've even researched flights from SNA to SAN, SFO, OAK and Phoenix trying to get a cheap connecting deal to Hawaii, and no joy, so LAX it is. Then, toss in the issues with the shorter runway and while airlines certainly could make money flying SNA-Hawaii, would they make as much as if they deployed those aircraft to other routes? That's the thing. If a plane is better utilized from from SNA to someplace else than to Hawaii, where the load factors and economics will be superior, then that's where the plane will go.
Personally, I'm rooting for service from Ontario to Hawaii. ONT isn't all that much further to drive, and the traffic is usually better. Usually... As the economy recovers in the Inland empire (a painfully slow recovery in some areas, granted), there will hopefully be demand for such services, perhaps from Hawaiian when their A321s come online, or from Southwest when they finally fly to Hawaii instead of teasing us year after year after year. If they can do it, then perhaps United will also give it a look.
We Orange Countians can dream, right?
Ontario has the runway for a leg like that. Didn't UPS fly freight to Hawaii from there??
Runway 8L/26R: 12197 x 150 ft. / 3718 x 46 m
Runway 8R/26L: 10200 x 150 ft. / 3109 x 46 m
Plenty enough runway, I'll let others debate the economics of the Inland Empire
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