SANFan wrote:I've got mixed feelings about RDU-SAN still being served by F9 (twice-weekly and appears to perhaps be year-round.)
I'm happy to see the continuation of the service, probably indicating that the loads are good. (Which I would expect.)
OTOH I'm unhappy that F9 is continuing to serve the market because it might be keeping a 'real' airline from stepping in with certainly more freq -- if not daily service -- which the market would certainly support. I bet that WN and AS (and maybe even DL) are carefully monitoring the city-pair and might jump if there's the slightest blink on Frontier's part.
With WN starting SAN-ORF this summer, I wouldn't be totally surprised to also see them jump on RDU-SAN this year or next, despite F9 already being there. WN is expanding their real estate in SAN this year -- rumored to be almost doubling their number of gates -- so they will have plenty of room for continued growth here!
AS and DL had opportunities to launch RDU-SAN. Particularly during the 2014-2017 timeframe, when both AS and DL were expanding substantially in SAN and RDU respectively, they could have launched the route. They didn't and they lost out. If you snooze, you lose.