A couple of notes to highlight:
-2019 pax # should have been higher if it wasn’t for the AA & WN pullback in service. AA cut some frequencies and WN has slashed service to cities. Are these cuts correlated to the MAX grounding- when the MAX comes back online should we see these frequencies and cities reinstated, or are they cut for good? I for one believe BOS is too big/important of a market to cede that ground, and WN decided long ago that losses were tolerable in order to develop their service over time and establish a presence in a large market like BOS. What are thoughts on this?
WN re-adding BOS-PHX nonstop service is a possibility as WN was able to fill BOS-PHX nonstop flights back when WN was operating BOS-PHX nonstop service. WN also has a FF base in Greater Phoenix who prefer WN over AA, DL, or B6 due to WN having nonstop service out of PHX to destinations such as BUF, CLE, LIT, SDF, BNA, and TUL that aren't served nonstop out of PHX on AA, DL, or B6.
Here were the number of passengers and load factors on the WN BOS-PHX nonstop route back when WN was last operating BOS-PHX nonstop service:
2011 - 91911 passengers, 92.79% load factor
2012 - 57921 passengers, 94.07% load factor
I am unsure why WN dropped BOS-PHX back in 2012 when the demand for WN BOS-PHX nonstop service was clearly there when WN last operated BOS-PHX nonstop service.
-DL—> we’ve seen int’l adds for 2020, but nothing domestic as of yet.. will we see an array of domestic adds for DL for 2020? There are a significant amount of large business markets that aren’t connected to DL’s BOS hub that I feel are vital for a couple of reasons: 1) further validating BOS as a hub; and 2) facilitating connections onto int’l flights.. will we see DL announce new flights to large markets like: BAL, CLT, DFW, IAH, PHX, DEN, SAN; and what about smaller markets like SDF, MEM, STL, etc.
I could see DL re-adding DFW-BOS nonstop service since (a) DL served DFW nonstop from BOS back when DL had a hub at DFW, (b) DL has added some other domestic nonstop routes out of BOS in recent years in order to better compete against B6 in the BOS market, (c) DFW is one of the top destinations that DL doesn't currently serve nonstop from BOS, and (d) DL has a FF base in both the BOS and DFW markets to support the return of DL DFW-BOS nonstop service.
I also agree that DL adding BOS-BWI, BOS-CLT, BOS-DEN, BOS-IAH, BOS-SDF, BOS-MEM, BOS-PHX, BOS-STL, BOS-SAT, and BOS-SAN nonstop service are possibilities as these are top routes that DL doesn't currently serve nonstop from BOS.