My concern about flights moving to MCI is about nil. Southwest doesn’t keep adding flights here and talk about us being a backbone station to move them to MCI in two years. MCI will grow (there are some routes I think nonstops work If they can get a little connecting added on) but not at the expense of us. I do think Denver turning into a mega hub is could hamper MCI a bit though. Easier to just run traffic thru it. Whatever the airport does here, WN will have a big say in it.
Interesting. Those are nearly a decade old, so they may need to update it.
Is STL behind the scenes looking actively at a terminal revamp? I know the privatization consultants were looking at it.
Agree about MCI, even with the new terminal, a build up there would make it redundant with DEN, and it's clear WN is putting a lot of eggs in the DEN basket. My broader point was its always good to invest in long term improvements to your facilities in order to ensure you remain competitive for new flights.
WN is unlikely to ever add MCI-DSM/OMA/ICT nonstop service with DSM, OMA, and ICT being too close to MCI, and WN is unlikely to ever re-add MCI-TUL nonstop service for similar reasons. In addition to STL being further from DSM, OMA, TUL, and ICT, there are also more connecting opportunities at STL on WN to Eastern U.S. destinations such as BOS, CLT, CLE, CMH, DTW, BDL, IND, PHL, PIT, and RDU.
The shorter WN nonstop routes that have a high percentage of connecting traffic and very little O&D such as ATL-GSP, MDW-GRR, and COS-DEN are to/from WN stations bigger than MCI. There are also more connecting opportunities at ATL, MDW, and DEN on WN than at MCI on WN.
STL is also in a bigger metro area than MCI, with the population of the STL metro area being approximately 2.9 million whereas the population of the MCI metro area is around 2.5 million.
Most of the WN destinations east of the Mississippi River also had higher PDEW's from STL than from MCI in Q3 2019.
WN will also probably add nonstop service to a few more destinations out of STL.