SANFan wrote:The OAG thread this morning had over 60 changes for AS coming this summer and fall; I believe I counted 19 changes to PDX routes -- that's pretty close to 1/3 of those total changes. They were pretty evenly split with about 10 increases in frequency and about 10 decreases in frequency. Some are seasonal of course but some may or may not be.
It looks to me like AS continues to search for their 'happy place' at their second largest hub as routes and capacity seem to be constantly added and subtracted.
Regarding the much sought after (on A.net at least) route to south Florida, it seems to me that there are just too many cx around that serve the 3 cities involved -- PDX, FLL and MIA -- for not even one of them to have jumped into that void, including (especially) AS. There must be a good reason for everyone to be saying, "no thanks" and using their resources elsewhere. I know PDX went thru the same thing for years with MCO and they finally got it and they will get south Florida too, someday.
I'm as anxious as everyone else to see that infamous "5-year plan" of AS to be rolled out further, and I don't think we'll have to wait all that long for it to happen. I'm sure there will be some great things for PDX as there is no doubt that AS and PDX will grow together in the future. Whether it will be a total, massive, game changer for the airline or the airport in Portland, or just some new routes added at PDX, I'm sure it will make lots of folks here on A.net happy!
In the meantime, I think AS is trying to get to that "happy place" of growing their presence at PDX while keeping their operation there as profitable as possible.
Pretty sure the “5 year plan” has already been changed if not scrapped entirely by the corona virus fears.