fun2fly wrote:Kennedy specifically mentions needs to the west coast so SEA, LAX and SAN come to mind, all of which have been thoroughly discussed for many years. AS seems to have success in surrounding areas so why not CLE?
DL is expanding a lot, so why not CLE>SEA (except that SLC flight would be affected)? PDX, SAN are a real pipe dream.
AA or DL to LAX? Potentially, but what does 1x daily do for them.
From a corporate contract perspective, DL is making a big case in CLE to be #1 choice with for CLE pax with NYC, BOS, ATL, MSP (S-W), etc. Adding SEA and LAX would firmly put them in the corporate contract lead. SEA for TPAC + LAX for obvious demand + connectivity to HI and SYD, etc. Does DL want to go full in at CLE? Sure seems easier here than fighting it out in towns with a lot of competition.
I have previously mentioned that AS is more likely to add CLE-SEA nonstop service than DL is since most of the domestic nonstop routes that have been added by DL out of SEA in the last 6 years were to destinations that were already served nonstop out of SEA on AS.
I agree that DL adding CLE-SEA nonstop service might be a possibility due to DL having a hub at SEA, even though it seems that DL is unlikely to add CLE-SEA before AS does with most of DL's domestic nonstop routes out of SEA being to destinations that AS already serves nonstop from SEA.
I agree that AA adding CLE-LAX is a possibility due to AA having more market share at LAX than any other airline and AA already serving LAX nonstop from ORD, CMH, IND, OMA, and STL in the Midwest.
I also agree that DL adding CLE-LAX nonstop service is a possibility due to DL already serving LAX nonstop from CVG, CMH, DTW, IND, MCI, MSP, and OMA in the Midwest.
WN adding CLE-LAX nonstop service is also a possibility with CLE being one of the top destinations that WN doesn't currently serve nonstop from LAX and with LAX being one of the largest WN focus cities that WN doesn't currently serve nonstop from CLE. WN also has a FF base in the CLE market to support CLE-LAX nonstop service on WN due to WN operating a few nonstop routes such as CLE-BWI/MKE/BNA/PHX/STL that aren't served nonstop out of CLE by any of the US3 carriers.