Look whats below Jet Blue here!
Where would Silver most logically offer service from MSY?
I can only see them opening up new cities because where they fly now is already served and I don't think Pensacola is a market for them.
Maybe a Jacksonville, Shreveport, Huntsville, Little Rock... totally speculating.
Silver left JAX, so I don't see that one happening. Possible options would be LIT, MEM, HSV, BHM, and SHV to the north and VPS, EYW, and TPA or MCO in Florida. Something similar to what the short-lived GLO tried to do, but with an airline that has more stable finances and existing code-share agreements with several airlines to work with.
One fly in the ointment is that Silver has announced service here before and then failed to start it. I will remain skeptical until a plane with a Silver livery is actually departing with fared passengers.
Well the original one was to branson i think and pensacola when it was announced a few years ago ... my gues sis they may possibly be setting nola up as a western hub type thing and in that case i def think you would see tulsa, oklahoma city , little rock, memphis and maybe birmingham ... its all speculation but ur right one would hardly think a pensacola to nola route would do much without major connection opportunities... they def must be going somewhere though because why add that to new airport especially if they dont even fly out the current one... they have code share with jet blue too along with a few other major airlines
While I wouldn't say I'm an expert, I have been keeping an eye on Silver for a while now. I agree that MSY would be a great new hub/base for them since there are so many unserved routes within the 300-600 mile range. A couple of observations:
JAX was dropped when WN and NK added the FLL-JAX route. Generally speaking they've been trimming shorter routes in favor of longer ones, so JAX-MCO/TPA wasn't viable. I could see them returning to the market now that WN and NK have dropped the route. Maybe a plane doing something like FLL-JAX-MSY-LIT-MSY-JAX-FLL
They are apparently not opposed to running flights that do not touch their bases at MCO, TPA, and FLL, including BHB-BOS which is in its second summer. I don't see them doing MSY-TPA/MCO for that reason - they'd get killed by WN and NK.
I could see VPS and TLH if they needed to route planes and crews to Florida. TLH has no UA or B6 service, so they could use a flight to MSY for connections, especially to the west. I think VPS would do better than PNS given the longer driving distance and its popularity with local vacationers.
SAV is an airport that they've indicated interest in and lacks service to MCO, TPA, and FLL. I could see something extended to MSY if they do add it. MSY-SAV is a decent sized market at about 25-30 PDEW without a nonstop IIRC.
The logjam of ATR deliveries has finally started to clear with 4 42s and one 72 already delivered and another 2 42s and 2 72s should arrive by the end of the year. So if they can get enough pilots trained, we should be seeing some new stuff soon.