AirFiero wrote:SANFan wrote:FATFlyer wrote:San Luis Obispo (SBP) says they may see several new routes next year including SBP-PDX, SBP-SAN, along with SBP-DFW. The first two would likely be AS and the last one AA.
I will say that SBP-SAN is a city-pair that I've been interested in (and pushing) for a couple of years now, prolly since about the time AS began serving the Poly Tech city from SEA. There would be some good commonalities between the two cities -- education and tourism amongst them -- and like SAN-FAT & SAN-MRY, even tho there are no pax traffic figures before the service starts, once added, traffic will come, and I'm sure a daily EMJ r/t would be successful for AAG.
A daily SEA-SBP-SAN r/t seems quite doable.to me. (Just as I feel a SBA-SAN tag-on to either PDX or SEA would be an excellent add for AAG.)
AAG continues to have a desire to expand in and even "own" CA. IMO, that includes as much intra-state travel within the Golden State as they can add. These would be a couple of good but currently un-served markets from SAN that would fit very nicely onto AAG's CA route map. Service could be added quickly since all are already served by the carrier. (And besides, more CA routes that AS wouldn't have to compete with WN on!)
There’s been a lot of discussion about whether AS can complete with WN in California. Maybe this is a great opportunity for AS, one that WN can’t do, which is service to smaller and relatively smaller markets with E-jets?
The big question is whether they can generate the yields needed to cover higher seat costs on regional aircraft.