With regard to the MAX related cutbacks its important to recognize that dropping a few long haul flights allows them to replace a number of short hauls. The aircraft time freed up from dropping the four segments on PIT-LAX/LAS would allow them to cover 4 to 6 segments each on shorter 1 to 1.5 hour routes. PIT-LAX/LAS going up against NK probably doesn't generate nearly the yield for WN that they could make on those 4-6 shorter haul segments per aircraft. I don't have the specific numbers but it doesn't take a crystal ball to figure that they are going to try to maximize yield and revenue while being forced to adjust to the MAX grounding.
......... which only makes the level of cuts at PIT even more disproportionate.
Glad to hear the third QR flight is going to happen.
Currently going through the domestic data from this past winter. Here's an early look at some noteworthy flights that were added or resumed:
Nov 2018: 80%
Dec 2018: 76%
Jan 2019: 85%
Nov 2018: 85%
Dec 2018: 67%
Jan 2019: 85%
G4 PIT-SJU: 64%
G4 SJU-PIT: 64%
UA PIT-LAS: 72%
UA LAS-PIT: 55%
Another decent market for F9 as far as LF's ....
While not great IIRC those SJU numbers are about 10 points higher than their first season, which was pre-hurricane no less.
Been awhile since we've heard anything from Southwest regarding PIT. It's nice to read that WN has taken notice of Pittsburgh's tech scene. It seems they are just waiting for the right opportunity to pull the trigger on any big splashes they would like to make.
Interesting to see SAN/SJC/SMF all hinted by Mr. Nealon in that piece. SAN is in my opinion the next logical add WN could make from PIT. I'm a little surprised that SJC was named and not OAK, but I can see why given San Jose's more ideal location for tech firms compared to Oakland. SMF is a bit of a stretch, but still fascinating to think about nonetheless.
Reading through the article more, it's clear that any plans for growth at PIT or other cities have taken a backseat while WN has built up California and launched Hawaii over the past few months like I've mentioned before. I think once all of that settles, plus the MAX grounding, let's see if WN eventually follows through with investing more into PIT. It would certainly be nice if they could boost their market share a bit.
I don't come away with the positive vibes you did from that article. To me it seems WN has a whole lotta nothing planned for PIT, and of course I hope I'm wrong.