Southwest had said on February 20, 2018 that it plans on further expansion at LAS, but Southwest has stated that it has no plans on adding nonstop service to Hawaii or international destinations from LAS in the near future. WN could add LAS-CVG, LAS-MEM, LAS-RIC, and LAS-PAE nonstop service, and WN could bring back LAS-JAX, LAS-MHT, LAS-ORF, LAS-PVD, and LAS-IAD nonstop service. WN could also extend LAS-LGB and LAS-MSP nonstop service to year-round daily nonstop service.
While WN hasn't yet expanded RIC beyond the RIC-ATL nonstop route acquired by the WN-FL merger or the RIC-MCO nonstop route that has been brought back on a seasonal basis, RIC is located in a big enough market to support nonstop service to more than just ATL on WN. WN does have opportunities to add nonstop service to MDW, DEN, LAS, BNA, and TPA from RIC in addition to the existing RIC-ATL nonstop service.
There are some more nonstop routes (in addition to already announced routes or upcoming Hawaii routes) that WN could add out of California in order to better compete against AS, including SFO-BWI, SFO-IAD, OAK-BOS, OAK-PHL, OAK-RDU, OAK-IAD, SJC-EWR, SJC-RDU, SJC-TUS, SJC-IAD, LAX-FLL, LAX-EWR, LAX-PHL, LAX-SEA, LAX-IAD, SAN-BOS, SAN-MSP, and SAN-OMA.
WN does have opportunities to add additional nonstop routes out of TPA, including nonstop service to TPA from CVG, CLE, ORF, OAK, and RIC.
WN could bring back HOU-LBB daily nonstop service on a year-round basis. There is also enough demand for WN to bring back HOU-PHL nonstop service since PHL is one of the top destinations traveled to from HOU that isn't currently served nonstop from HOU, since the O&D demand for HOU-PHL is almost as big as the O&D demand for DAL-PHL, and since WN now has nonstop international routes out of HOU.
I am surprised that WN hasn't already added HOU-PUJ nonstop service with HOU being one of the major international gateways for WN and with WN already serving PUJ nonstop from ATL, BWI, MDW, and FLL. HOU-PUJ nonstop service will likely be one of the next international adds that WN will make at HOU, and I expect WN to be announcing HOU-PUJ nonstop service sometime soon.
WN had also stated that it is considering adding HOU-CLE nonstop service and nonstop service to Texas destinations from CVG. WN could add HOU-CVG and HOU-CLE nonstop service since WN would be able to connect passengers to AUS, SAT, MAF, ELP, CRP, HRL, and international destinations from CVG and CLE if WN added HOU-CVG and HOU-CLE nonstop service. In addition, WN also has opportunities to add nonstop service to DTW, MSP, and SMF from HOU.
I would love MEM/LAS, especially if it had a decent no plane change West Coast origination and destination. The weekday DEN flights will offer no plane change to LAX but the return flights from DEN start at PDX. If they added MEM/LAS I'd love the LAS to MEM to start at an LA area airport. I'd love to see the MEM to LAS continue on to SAN or OAK/SFO.
Love playing connect the dots
Could we see MEM/ATL one day? That would connect some southeastern dots better and go piss off Delta like they did at BNA.