tphuang wrote:Fargo wrote:tphuang wrote:guess I wasn't clear there. They are miniscue compared to Delta at ATL and AA at CLT, which would be who they battle against on a lot of midwest/northeast/central to Florida connections. BWI isn't really great for connections to Florida when you originate at MKE or MCI or STL or IND or CMH.
Are you saying WN at BNA needs to get to CLT/ATL levels? Because (I think) WN doesn’t have and has never had a station larger than around 250 flights.
Not that level and I don't think BNA has anywhere near the gate space. But a station of 200+ flights is doable and they can capture some of the connection items that go through UA/AA right now. WN is really strong in southwest (clearly), California, midwest, but it's kind of weak on the east coast. It has the strong hub at BWI, that has to split the same metro area with AA/UA. It's strong in Florida, but not to the level of DL/AA. Having a southeast-ish type of hub at BNA is imo a clear strategic move.
It makes sense for sure. WN will be taking most, if not all of the new D gates under construction, bringing them to 20. I could see them eventually taking all of C and D in another decade after A is redeveloped and expanded. That would bring them to 25 gates (not counting the common use international capable gates that could be used).
No reason BNA can’t become one of WN’s top 5 stations on the same level as MDW, BWI, DEN, LAS, etc.