B6BOSfan wrote:ScottB wrote:B6BOSfan wrote:They have become basically a hub airline for BOS, and they don't even serve all of their hubs. MCO gets a once-weekly fight from BOS. DAL isn't served. DEN had flights chopped all summer -- and continues to have limited direct service for the fall/winter -- which then limits journeys you can make from there.
Have you actually been in Boston in the last two years? Recovery from the pandemic in Boston and New York has significantly lagged the rest of the country. Even in May, total passenger count at BOS was still down 55% compared to the same month in 2019. B6 was at maybe 80 daily departures in April and BOS is their second-most-important market.
WN is operating five daily OAK-LAX flights today -- compared to more like a dozen in pre-pandemic times. Does that mean WN is abandoning the intra-California market, or does it mean that WN is temporarily adjusting their schedule and network to reflect the realities of a market which is still recovering from pandemic lockdowns?
I LIVE in Boston Scott AND flew multiple times during the middle of the pandemic. I can tell you, point blank, Southwest's service to/from BOS Is less now than it was last summer/fall during the pandemic -- and even lower vs. their previous years when everyone was thriving.
Southwest actually did one of the best jobs of any airline holding service up to at least their hubs as others were cutting flights. I flew them multiple times out of BOS during the pandemic. They don't service the business customer in Boston like a BIG chunk of the other airlines do. I'd bet that a big chunk of the passengers still not flying (40% or more) is ALL business travelers.
Their cuts began far before the pandemic began. The DAL flight, the MKE flight, all were cut -- BEFORE the pandemic hit.
They make it impossible to fly to so many of the destinations they advertise -- because of the continued amounts of cuts, or miserable one flight times they are offering.
As another user said, Southwest does spectacular across most of the USA. They are LOST when it comes to New England -- particularly Eastern New England.
Throughout the pandemic, WN has really shifted away from developing their mid-size stations and has become more of a 'hub-and-spoke' airline. This hasn't boded well for mid-size WN stations, like BOS. They have consolidated the bulk of their operations at larger WN stations, like ATL, BWI, MDW, DEN, LAS, BNA, PHX, and less frequencies at mid-size WN stations (but large markets), like BOS, DTW, MSY, PDX, SLC, SEA, MSP, and IAD. IDK how long this trend will continue and if WN will ever fully recover at their mid-size stations.