It will be curious to see how Breeze operates, and where it flies. Let me say Neeleman knows what he is doing, and any speculation on my part is just that... from the comfort of my own arm chair.
What I will say is that Intra-Midwest flying is fairly limited currently. The Midwest strategy for every airline but DL is the same.... fly to Chicago, and connect there. And pretty much every Midwesterner has an Ohare or Midway horror story, even if they only fly once a year. Even WN, who normally does point to point, pretty much reverts to the hub and spoke model (at MDW) if you ignore STL.
DL’s Midwestern model differs slightly, but obviously it is still the hub and spoke. The only difference is that DL obviously connects you in DTW or MSP, and they will only even do that if they can’t justify flying you to ATL first. And as nice of hubs as DTW and MSP are, they are both on the fringes of the Midwest population blob, so again out of the way for many intraMidwest flights.
Good luck trying to get from MCI to CLE or IND to MKE. And while not large markets, they aren’t small markets either. There are many traveling who will be happy to avoid Chicago. And if DL is going to keep pushing connections to ATL over DTW/MSP, there may be enough room for another carrier (even if LCC) to offer flights to somewhere other than Florida. A new Jet Blue of the Midwest just might work.
I hope Breeze is a more transparent and higher end Allegiant. By this I mean flying reduced frequency (e.g., Mon and Fri or Tue and Sat a la Allegiant,) with dynamic allocation. (Add Wednesday flight if demand warrants,).
While we are talking a Midwest start, there are many city pairs to that would support connections, just not daily.
I am really three customers. When I fly just myself on my money, I sm really flexible (and cheap). When I fly with the kids, some time flexibility, but I'll pay more for an easier travel experience.
When I fly for the company, time critical with a no-nonsense approach.
Breeze isn't going to suit my corporate flying, but it sounds like a great airline for the flying I pay for.
Ps (late edit):
I also mean Allegiant like as flying P2P routes without competition. I often fly these sort of routes, I just usually hub.https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/j ... r-BB16Ckpc
I'll accept hub bypass for reduced frequency. Just as I often flew JetBlue's redeyes.
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