jplatts wrote:tnair1974 wrote:Also a little surprised LEX did not get any new G4 routes. Allegiant did have summer LEX-BWI a few years ago, but that route did not come back. G4 also had LEX-LAS and am a little puzzled that this route has not returned. G4 had no competition LEX-LAS and LEX-BWI.
WN already serves BWI from both SDF and CVG, and LEX still has nonstop service to IAD on UA and DCA on DL. AA also offers 1-stop connecting service to BWI from LEX through its CLT hub.
While BWI is no longer served nonstop from LEX, there are still other options for getting to the Baltimore/DC market from the Lexington, KY market, including LEX-IAD/DCA nonstop flights, connecting options on AA through CLT, and nonstop flights to BWI, DCA, and IAD out of SDF and CVG.
jplatts wrote:While fares on connecting flights to LAS are higher from LEX than from other markets, the PDEW on LEX-LAS was only 20 passengers per day in Q3 2019. While LAS is no longer served nonstop from LEX, the lack of LAS-LEX nonstop service is not as huge of an hole as the lack of LAS-ALB, LAS-CHS, LAS-RSW, LAS-BDL, LAS-JAX, LAS-RIC, LAS-ROC, or LAS-SYR nonstop service.
G4 launched LEX-LAS, OWB-LAS and TYS-LAS back about 2012 or so. IIRC, all these routes were two/three times a week. The economy was still struggling at the time and oil prices were high, so this may be largely why all three routes were later discontinued.
Interestingly, both LEX and TYS used 752s to LAS. Guessing that G4 decided against MD-80s LEX-LAS as that could have required a payload penalty (??) during the hot summer months as LEX's main runway is only about 7000 ft / 2100 meters. 752s of course had a high power to weight ratio thus good takeoff performance. G4's A319s/A320s did not enter service until later.
G4 used MD-80s OWB-LAS, but OWB has a longer runway than LEX.
BTW, anyone aware of LEX having any other 757 service besides charters/diversions? I may vaguely recall DL up gauging to 752s for the KY Derby in decades past (besides being an alternative to SDF, there were notable celebrity Derby parties around Lexington).