So they finally will officially give back 10 of the 12 unused slots.
Why just not return all 12 and be done with it already.
LGB will still be under pressure to reallocate the remaining 2 unused slots.
WN already using 9 temporary slots until July 31 2019.
So I imagine new permanent slots will be awarded for a August 1 2019 activation.
Now the question is will DL or HA take the availability?
Last round DL and HA passed.
Will WN get the 9 to keep current schedule in place.
why make life easier for WN? Assuming 1 of the 10 slots goes to DL/HA and WN keeps their schedule, B6 runs their current schedule, everyone gets what they want. The only additional route that B6 faces more competition is SJC. They might move drop LGB-SJC in the future and move those 1 flight to another airport and run a schedule of 20 to 21 flights a day, which should meet the 85% usage threshold for 24 slots. As long as B6 can break even or make small profit on Q2 to Q4, they are not in a hurry to leave. I can't see LAX being any easier for profitability. We will have to wait at least a year I think for B6 management to decide whether this schedule works or not.
Are those reasons or Excuses? If they intend to REALLY operate possible Transatlantic routes? Then they'll need to get in and Compete where the competition IS!
At the major west coast hubs. They need to actually BE where passengers arriving can get TO them. And to where business is DONE. They can't hide..
They're the size of AS and if AS is in the "Rough and Tumble"? Then JBLU has to put on their
'Big Boy Pants" and Wade in as well. They do NOT have to fly coastal So-CAL to Northern CA or north to PDX and SEA . But there's no reason to NOT be flying from the "western strongholds" to their "Crown Jewel" at JFK, That's a premier Gateway!! They have an advantage that some other carriers do NOT have. (including United..) If they're going to play in the "Big Leagues"? Then they cannot Be Timid.. Get in there where the action is with a plan and Do IT!! Or? Admit they're a second tier carrier and get out of the way. I'd bet? They do NOT want to play AAA Ball, but in the Majors...
Neither? They intend to operate TATL routes in the future because it makes sense for them. They strength is on the east coast and to Latin America. There is simply no reason for them to get involved in the intra-west coast bloodbath.
also, they fly from JFK to more west coast cities than any other airlines. They have more flights to LA basin (up to 16 a day) and northern cali (9 a day) from JFK than any other airline. In fact, I would say they fly to too many low yielding places like OAK/RNO.
B6 actually has been squatting on LGB slots for years. It was strategically brilliant for WN to enter LGB when the supplemental slots became available; that finally forced B6 to either lose money operating flights for most/all of their slots or give the slots back.
Honestly, if B6 exited LGB it's extremely unlikely that all their slots would be taken up. I think the other carriers would stay and WN might add a frequency or two to SJC/OAK/SMF/LAS as well as the obvious connection to PHX. But there certainly wouldn't be demand for 24 more slots. I suppose one could call WN staying in LGB "squatting" since it's a deterrent to anyone else starting another short-haul operation at LGB but they're actually offering service and presumably going to price flights to adequately fill the planes. Are they "squatting" at BUR with 70+ daily flights? There's nowhere near enough space at BUR for anyone to build an effective competitive presence.
I don't think Long Beach has been trying to push JetBlue out. I think they want JetBlue to be a better neighbor (i.e. don't bust the curfew 400+ times a year and don't squat on slots you have no intention of using). B6 announced its reduction in operations at LGB over 11 months ago but they're only now returning slots after the City threatened to take them away. That's not being a good neighbor or business partner.
They were under no obligation previously to return the slots. LGB made those slots available on temporary basis for WN, so no loss of flights. They changed the rules to 85% usage and now B6 has returned the slots, I don't see the problem here. After B6 feel they were mislead by LB city council on the entire FIS issue, they no longer feel compelled to be a better neighbour.
WN has now been in LGB for 2 years and their performance on some of these routes really have not improved much. Their big west coast rival AS has not even made any effort to service LGB. if this continues for 2 more years and B6 is happy to live with a 20 flight schedule, what does WN do at that point? It's one thing to loose money at LAX on shorthaul stuff and quite another thing to loose money at LGB.