ackerber wrote:jetlanta wrote:Gulfstream500 wrote:Other airports that should be considered Delta focus cities by having Nashville service as the minimum:
LAS: DL has TWICE as much service there as they do in BNA
TPA: still twice as much as BNA
MCO: THREE times as much service as BNA (and they have more non-hub destinations as they do hub flights.
MSY: about 200k more passengers per year than BNA
So... why aren’t these focus cities?
RDU I can understand. CVG is most definitely a focus city. BOS has most always been a hub.
But BNA and SJC? They have less traffic than a whole lot of non-focus cities
Because they are primarily destinations. Focus Cities are markets where the Delta wants to be the premier business airline. The types of customers that Delta is targeting live in places like AUS, BNA, SJC, BOS, NYC, LAX, SEA, ATL but they travel to LAS, TPA, MCO and MSY. Does that make sense?
I dont' think business travelers in AUS, BNA, SJC, BOS, NYC, LAX, SEA care much about non-stop flights to LAS, TPA, MCO and MSY. They care about non-stop flights to AUS, BNA, SJC, BOS, NYC, LAX, SEA (plus ATL, MSP, DTW, SLC, plus a flight to europe, plus maybe a few other places like ORD, DCA, DFW)
LAS, TPA, MCO and MSY are leisure heavy markets that are going to continue to have lots of flights to hubs, but I don't think are really part of this "focus" city p2p network for business travellers that Delta wants.
Actually flights to leisure markets are part of a focus city because those business travelers need flights to burn all those miles on and to take the family when not working.