Because that’s were people go from the northeast by the plane full.
I don't know that that's a fair statement. There are tons of capacity and frequencies to places like ORD/MDW, DET, DEN, SLC, LAS, SFO, SEA, LAX. Pre pandemic we even had UA running 777's to SFO. On top of those there's been expansion to vacation spots from BOS like Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Montrose, Steamboat Springs. It is odd that with all of this capacity to the West from BOS, MHT can barely hold on to a Chicago route
The context was we are talking about parings that ULCC's can fill a plane. The opportunity cost for ULCC's and even most LCC's is too high for focusing on the transcon market. The only way it really works is with red-eyes until you can get the fares up high enough.
It doesn't really matter what airline type it is as even in pre Pandemic days every airline was competing for the same pool of passengers. But Chris' comment wasn't about transcons. It was about east-west. Currently there's only 1 such option from MHT: MHT-Chicago. But Chicago in the Winter (and even in Summer), is a risky proposition from a customer point of view if you only have 1 or 2 daily flights. DEN for example is a much more reliable airport to connect at. So if I'm flying West and my options are to connect in ORD/MDW or connect in DEN, I'm driving to BOS. Even BTV had service to Denver, DTW, and ORD. Am I supposed to believe that the market from MHT is smaller than from BTV?
I think WN bungled its New England strategy. Boston now has 12 flights, exactly what MHT started with many years earlier. I don’t think that’s what they had in mind. BOS is a ‘costly’ place to land a plane, and WN is in the throes of competition there, so profit-making is a tough slog for them.
I agree. They basically owned MHT and PVD and had the "Boston" market very well covered for those outside of 128. At one point even offering flights to DEN and LAS. Once they went into BOS they had to start competing with everyone else at the expense of those stations, maybe not so much PVD but it definitely cost MHT. I think BOS was a lost bet for WN. They will never grow in BOS to what they were hoping to. Maybe they should get back to their roots in New England and revive MHT, and move from BOS to ORH. With the recent migration of people from greater Boston to the suburbs this could be a better scenario for them, and everyone else for that matter.