Was just reading through this thread. Why, oh why, would BA serve Columbus, OH? If we're not talking about BA adding frequencies to existing routes, and only new routes, I'd say CLE, then STL, then MCI. Regarding CMH, CLE is 2x as large in terms of population and in the number of daily travelers to Europe. Plus CLE's economy is $172B vs. CMH's $118B, plus there are established business relationships between Cleveland and London. Not saying BA will begin CLE in the next 12 months, but it makes far more sense than CMH. After CLE, I could see STL.
Why, oh why, would BA serve Austin, TX, New Orleans, LA, or Nashville, TN? Why would WOW go to Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, or St. Louis, MO? How about Icelandair to CLE or DL daring to try an Indianapolis, IN-CDG flight after doing PIT and Raleigh, NC-CDG, Condor to PIT, etc.? If not for a really damn nice Residence Inn in New Orleans, I wouldn't have any
of those cities on my to-do list, and I'm an American. (And, being totally fair, I could see somebody from outside not having Columbus on their must-see list unless they had a reason, either.)
Alas, there's a feeding frenzy going on for Midwestern cities going on right now and the combination of potential demand (business or leisure) and lots of cash being thrown in the direction of airlines is stimulating the growth. Would any of the cities above other than MSY, AUS, and maybe BNA have TATL without forking over money for the privilege and/or some other factor stimulating the demand (in the case of RDU with AA to LHR being pharmaceutical-driven, CVG still being by a DL hub, and IND, PIT, and RDU in part feeding a Skyteam hub at CDG)?
Point is, all of the above cities now have TATL service, whether it's nonstop or via Iceland. Columbus is the last one in the region without a dance partner right now and is offering an incentive somewhat comparable to other cities ($675k cash plus waived landing fees for two years); it takes two to tango, but the fact it's still up for grabs means that somebody will likely eventually ask "Cbus" to the prom. The Columbus Dispatch has already mentioned that, while WW and FI have both apparently passed (at least for now), CMH and local business figures meet regularly with BA. Will they send a 787? I lean toward no, at least out of the gate. But will they talk AA into sending a 757 and codesharing? That could work, especially given AA's the leading non-WN carrier at CMH in terms of market share and pushing 50 flights a day. And then there's the rumored DL focus city-AMS expansion, with DL's nice FF base in town. Concourse C has a new TSA checkpoint which connects to FIS with a re-entry into the concourse, almost as if it was built for somebody who might have asked for it or want it. If none of them bite, DY could come into play.
It comes down to would an airline rather have the entire room to themselves or do they want to try to whack WW/FI/DE/DY with a broom so they (DL, AA, BA) can have the good seat on the couch?
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