Which begs the question, why did they even choose the BNA option? Wouldn't it have been better to keep the high frequency to STL for connectors?
Serious question here. Does BNA provide any financial incentives for this? It doesn't make sense to have both. I get the tourism of Nashvegas etc. But this is supposed to be EAS and BNA doesn't seem "essential" I could understand STL/ORS or BNA/ORD. Help me understand the thought process/business decision behind this one. Thanks. I'll hang up and listen.
TWA-No incentive at all. BNA will be new for Cape Air, but the cost will be a bit lowered as both MWA and OWB will have service to BNA on Cape Air. I agree, I would have preferred 6 daily to STL instead.
I am more shocked they didn't try and ask Cape Air to do ORD...4 to STL and 2 to ORD, Cape Air can interline with EVERYONE out of Chicago while keeping STL for the Southwest options too.
I'll answer your question with Jshanks down below about why STL/BNA over ORD.
I don’t think either airport provides anything. It literally is Marion just wanting 2 destinations instead of one and ORD costs too much.
Jshanks-The articles (ill provide links) said the cost was not the deciding factor. Overwhelmingly the support between Phone Calls, and Community and Business wanted Chicago Service. Overall SkyWest won, but Kimmel, the director for MWA said they did not want to limit themselves to only 2 flights and to ORD which is known for delays, cancellations and such.
Links and Statements...http://www.wsiltv.com/story/40891124/ai ... ne-service
Quote "He explains Skywest, which proposed flights to Chicago, had most of the votes, but airport leaders decided to pick Cape Air.
"Regional air service is not successful based upon point-to-point service," says Kimmel."https://thesouthern.com/news/local/airp ... d4e2e.html
Quotes "Kimmel said the support for Chicago flights was almost entirely from those who want direct access to and from Chicago, point-to-point service. Kimmel said that is not what makes regional air service successful or what it is designed to do. Regional air service is designed to get passengers to larger airports to connect them with the national air transportation system, then on to a final destination"
--I disagree with this. We wanted Chicago not just to be able to get to Chicago but to fly beyond Chicago. What Kimmel described is two segments...MWA-STL-XXX...where MWA-ORD-XXX is better...
"Kimmel added that in the end, Williamson County Airport Authority is not saying no to SkyWest, but just saying not right now. After four years with the new Cape Air planes and flights to Nashville, if the airport has not seen measurable growth in traffic, then the bidding process will start again."
--Fair enough but very disappointed either way.
This article is a very good and explains why Cape Air was chosen but the cost in terms of subsidiary was not the reason. Cape Air is stating they will sell BNA from MWA for $70 bucks and SkyWest will sell Chicago if they had been selected for $75 bucks (of course taxes and fees not included).
Reading the Facebook comments and Article, the majority of the region is NOT happy they went with STL/BNA. Business's especially were wanting the Chicago connection not just to fly to Chicago but to fly beyond Chicago and go all over the world in just one stop.
People down here said why vote for SkyWest when they already fly from CGI and PAH...and I am raising my eyebrow like you're assuming we will keep these services, CGI and PAH are also EAS and there is no guarantee these will last forever.