RJNUT wrote:mhkansan wrote:Poor Topeka (FOE). Their strategy: If you can't compete with the AA service at MHK, duplicate it! Topeka is too close to MCI with a myriad of options. Any 2x daily regional jet service to a hub will have a very hard time being successful there. United was a total flop, they lasted only as long as the revenue guarantee and left. United should come to MHK, with the military base and K-State right there, and a low percentage of local traffic being retained. MHK is closer to Topeka than MCI is.
Kansas is now full of regional jet cities. Once, only Wichita had network airline service. Now you can hop on an AA or UA jet in MHK, GCK, HYS, SLN, or LBL. Maybe soon DDC and GBD will join that list, though I very much doubt Great Bend will ever get airline service again.
UA got off to a rough start cancelling the originator and late inbound repeatedly. It never got a chance due to reliability issues.
I certainly agree that cancellations were a real problem for the UA service in 2014 but the other issue is that the twice daily flights went into ORD. No one west of FOE needed these flights because of their availability on AA from MHK and numerous daily flights were available into ORD/MDW out of MCI on AA, UA and WN. The service might have lasted longer if it wasn't into a market already served by multiple airlines at the other two area airports. That made no sense. UA into DEN or even IAH would have made more sense.