jetblastdubai wrote:jayunited wrote:
I think if we get EWR up to 240 daily departures this summer and hold it there, IAD with 220 daily departures can handle the rest. If United tried to operate more flights this summer out of EWR than the airport can handle it would lead to daily cancelations. United at EWR will be in a tough spot this summer we have to remain competitive but we can’t be so competitive that we become overly aggressive and in turn our own worst enemy. We can not have an operational melt down at EWR simply because one of their main runways will be out of service and we’ve over schedule our operation. Let IAD take some of the workload off of EWR during the construction.
Are other carriers cutting back on EWR ops this summer as well or are they going to take advantage of UA's temporary reductions and start stocking up on opportunities? I'm not familiar with the FAA's current rules regarding EWR capacity restrictions since the slot rule got relaxed. If B6 gets it's foot in the door at EWR (like WN at DEN years ago), it might be difficult for UA to get back the market share they enjoyed before. Losing market share might result in losing some pricing power.
OTOH, I'm all for reducing the dependence on EWR as a domestic connecting hub in favor of IAD.
I'm pretty sure EWR had the same conversation with B6, because B6 is only operating a few more flights over the summer than May.