I'm sorry to see that airline traffic at DAY is winding down. My hope was that NK would take a look at the region & decide to serve DAY, since G4, F9 & WN now all serve CVG. However, it appears that a number of posters seem to think that NK would do O.K. at CVG. CVG is my hometown airport, but I'm skeptical. What do you midwestern A*Netters think?
NK seems much more interested in the larger airports, so I could definitely see CVG.
The Dayton Daily News within the last couple years said the airport was talking with Spirit and I agree they could probably be a hit at DAY if they wanted to take a shot at it, as the airport doesn't even have a direct link to MCO anymore as a massive number of airports in the country do. I can't believe less than daily service to tourist draws wouldn't work, especially if you could tie in those with nearby Air Force presences.
The question is do they want to potentially capitalize on that or head for the perceived land of opportunity that is CVG, with its focus cities for their two primary competitors? (How is the gate situation there, by the way? I know at one point it was near critical mass.)
There is no real need for NK to serve CVG since
(a) most of the destinations that NK would be serving nonstop out of CVG already have nonstop service out of CVG on G4 or F9,
(b) WN could add nonstop service to BOS, DAL, FLL, HOU, LAS, and TPA out of CVG,
(c) G4 could increase frequencies on its less-than-daily nonstop routes out of CVG,
(d) F9 could add nonstop service to BWI, BOS, and MYR out of CVG,
(e) F9 could bring back nonstop service to MIA or FLL out of CVG,
and (f) F9 could increase frequencies on its less-than-daily nonstop routes out of CVG.
On the other hand, DAY currently lacks nonstop service to FLL, LAS, MIA, MCO, and TPA, and NK could add nonstop service to FLL, LAS, MCO, and TPA out of DAY. NK also recently started service out of AVL, which is located in a smaller market than DAY is.
There are still a few unused gates available in Concourse A at CVG, and there is still enough room at CVG to accommodate new entrants such as NK, AS, or SY.