Your interpretation. The “tiny” recent adds are West Coast flying. I mean they had a plane painted “Most West Coast”. Seems pretty in line. And as others have discussed these adds should have come after the merger instead of SAN-(some mid size mid America airport). I don’t believe the merger was sold as “California to mid-America.” And while a cut is not a good thing it isn’t as if they can’t add these flights back at some point as they better develop their California business. But I understand that like many on here people seem to relish the idea of smaller airlines failing. Very strange.
Ok, this is the last time I'm going to engage with you as things like "facts" and "data" apparently don't mean anything to you. If you look through my posts, I'm actually a huge fan of AS, but just extremely disappointed they didn't stay the course with their plan and figure out WHY these things weren't working instead of totally abandoning them.
If you actually a) understood what their plan was at the time of the merger close or b) understood any of the O&D data, I think you might think otherwise. I am not going to go back and dig out all the materials they published at investor day and so forth, but their stated strategy was to be the most relevant carrier on the West Coast. They (not me) defined that as serving the places that people wanted to go, or in other words, the largest markets. You can see that if you look at the passengers per day each way (PDEW) in each of the 51 markets they started -
Then compare that to the ones they went into -
So, that they are exiting the most relevant markets and going into smaller, less relevant markets to people on the west coast is not my "interpretation". It is fact. As much as you may hate to admit it, some "mid America airport" like MCI to SFO or OMA to SAN is more than 2x as large as RDM to SFO or SAN. Sorry the facts don't line up with your world view.
Sure, AS can come back to these markets some time down the road, but all they have done is shown UA and WN that they will bail as soon as those carriers make life difficult for them. So what do you think is going to happen if AS does go back? UA and WN play nice this time? No, they'll get what they got before plus some.
And that's why I say future growth is limited. Beyond the PNW they have shown they can't compete.