I’m not sure how many times this is going to be beaten to death, and I’ve said it before- it’s just getting redundant. Air Canada’s gate space was not something that was stopping WN from coming to SYR. If WN wanted SYR, they would have already entered the market years ago before ROC was even a thought. ROC has only been open since 2014 for WN, they had plenty of years of it being just BUF and ALB where if they wanted to they could add the market in the middle. It’s not an important market for them, simple as that.
And I’m sorry to all the SYR fans, but WN is not going to close down ROC just to move to SYR. That would serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever. Like DCA-ROCguy said, I’m sorry their not in all 4 cities, but it’s just not how it’s going to work in WN’s eyes.
WN serving ROC was only a result of WN’s takeover of AirTran. If that had never happened could you honestly say that ROC wouldn’t be in the same position as SYR trying to get WN service to this day?
Agreed, but I do think that WN will serve SYR, question is will it be 5 year from now, or 20 years. Eventually, they will run out of markets larger than SYR to serve and if they want to keep growing, they will have to start a new city or become a different airline that flies bigger planes to other continents. Here's their route map from 1998 http://www.departedflights.com/WN070698.html
20 years ago they didn't fly to the state of NY. They didn't fly to DEN, BOS, ATL, LGA, EWR, PHL, PIT, MSP, MKL and they certainly didn't fly to BUF or ALB. There are still plenty of markets that WN can and will expand to. I have no doubt in my mind that they have explored service to SYR, probably multiple times, and eventually when they have the choice between a 10th frequency a day on some other route or starting SYR, they'll pick SYR...just don't get excited about it being in 2019.