I seriously don’t understand why there’s so much hype around AUS aside from Norwegian and condor they probably won’t be getting any new airline before dfw or IAH
You do understand the European carrier presence at AUS, right?
BA is daily year-round
LH will be 5x weekly year-round, knocking out Condor.
Norwegian is 3x weekly on a seasonal basis
Hype exists around, not only AUS, but also most mid-size cities like Austin all over the globe.
I never said there wasn’t hype around airports, but the hype around Austin is nothing compared to other airports
In the last 5 years or so, Austin has gone from an airport with nothing more than the token beach destinations in Mexico to an airport with 2 European flag carriers and a low-cost seasonal European carrier.
Austin's economy is absolutely ripe for growth, and over the last 10 years it has grown to a sufficient size that discussing what other possibilities are out there makes sense. To be sure, both Dallas and Houston will continue to get their global carriers, as well they should. Their economies are both doing really well, too. Much of this round of momentum about Austin has been a result of some long-standing credible, yet unsubstantiated rumors that DL has bigger plans for AUS. It's easy to piggyback off of those and say that IF
that happens, it could open other doors for things like connecting feed, thereby making other routes potentially viable.
I'd be shocked to see any Latin America routes out of Austin. That article read like they're throwing a dart at a board of routes that aren't served by either LATAM or AA and picking some that sound good. Yields to Brazil (and the rest of Latin America) are trash, and Austin is a fairly low-volume, high-yield market.
I continue to believe a low-density 787 to Tokyo or Seoul would be potentially lucrative. There is plenty of paid-J demand from the tech market, plenty of cargo moving back and forth, not only to NE Asia but also connecting options to/from the Subcontinent, and enough people moving back and forth for business that it could
It appears that BA has been able to make AUS work without poaching seats from their DFW and IAH flights, I could see KE, OZ, JL, or NH trying something similar. Granted, it's a longer flight and the margins are therefore thinner, so I also understand why they would be reticent to try it.