United is the largest carrier in Cleveland. They have the most flights to key business and many leisure markets. They do very well with the markets they serve. This board and its hate by about 5 people amazes me. Who cares if a new carrier saves CLE to MSP 2 times a week for 4 months. If Jet Blue and
Southwest wanted to expand in Cleveland they would. United has chosen to fly to 13 markets from Cleveland and more people fly them than any other airline in town. What is the problem???
An opposing point of view is not "hate". WN and B6 don't operate in a vacuum they are monitoring what's going on with other airlines, including UA. If they expand and UA decides to retaliate on certain routes, why would they start them? CLE is an interesting case for UA, it's clearly not being abandoned to a spoke and has become a longer term focus city. UA has a very limited commitment to CLE but it has just enough to probably keep other carriers from thinking about expanding more, which makes things very complicated.
There were some adds that had been made by WN out of CLE during the last 6 years, including:
(a) The return of CLE-PHX and CLE-STL nonstop service,
(b) The addition of CLE-ATL, CLE-DEN, and CLE-MKE nonstop service,
(c) The addition of Saturday-only CLE-TPA and CLE-FLL nonstop service,
(d) The addition of seasonal Sunday-only CLE-DAL nonstop service.
WN already has a customer base in the CLE market to support additional nonstop routes out of CLE since (a) WN has served CLE for over 27 years, (b) there is more demand for WN service out of CLE than was the case prior to UA dehubbing CLE, (c) WN already operates a few nonstop routes such as CLE-BWI, CLE-MKE, and CLE-STL that aren't served nonstop by competitors, and (d) there is more demand for domestic air travel out of CLE than out of some nearby markets such as CVG, CMH, IND, and PIT.
WN can likely make daily nonstop service to MCO, TPA, and FLL work since (a) WN already has a customer base in both CLE and Florida to support daily nonstop service to Florida, (b) there would be some Florida-originating passengers who would choose WN over UA or ULCC's to CLE if WN adds daily nonstop service to Florida from CLE, and (c) WN is able to make daily nonstop service to Florida work from other cities in the Midwest such as MDW, CMH, IND, MCI, MKE, and STL.
Both F9 and NK also already serve MCO nonstop from some destinations that have daily nonstop service to MCO on WN, including ATL, AUS, BWI, ORD/MDW, CMH, DFW/DAL, DEN, BDL, IAH/HOU, IND, MCI, LAS, BNA, MSY, PHL, PIT, RDU, and SJU.
I also previously mentioned that there are a few more nonstop routes that could be added by WN out of CLE such as CLE-AUS, CLE-HOU, CLE-MCI, CLE-LAX, and CLE-SAN.