Certainly positive news, and I would think these are all part of a strategy to capture passengers fleeing elsewhere in a bid to land WN.
Hearsay, but I understand the airport director recently spoke to a business group and doubted the airport’s ability to land WN. It was reported to me that he said that WN required at least 9 daily flights to open a station and that XNA cannot support that.
WN had actually opened some contiguous U.S. stations with fewer than 9 daily departures, including ABQ, AMA, AUS, BOI, CHS, CLT, MDW, CVG, CMH, CRP, DSM, ELP, FLL, GRR, GSP, HRL, MCI, LIT, LGB, LBB, MAF, MSP, BNA, LGA, EWR, OKC, ONT, ECP, PDX, PWM, RIC, ROC, SAT, SAN, SEA, GEG, TUS, TUL, DCA, and ICT.
Most of the WN stations that opened with fewer than 9 daily departures opened with at least 7 daily departures on WN, and many of these stations also now have more than 9 daily departures on WN.
WN might be willing to open XNA with fewer than 9 daily departures if there is enough demand for at least 7 daily departures out of XNA on WN since WN opened ECP, CHS, GSP, and CVG with fewer than 9 daily departures in the 2010's.