kavok wrote:dtwpilot225 wrote:freakyrat wrote:
Delta Informed SBN and FWA that the DTW flights are projected to return toward the later half of 2023 pending crew availability at Endeavor and Skywest.
The noon SBN-ATL CRJ900 flight resumes in April.
That’s a step in the right direction
Agreed. It will be interesting to see what frequency is used.
Specifically, I will be curious if they are just a 1x daily RON CR9, or if it comes back at 2x daily like AZO/MBS/LAN. I still maintain that for those closer-in DTW routes to be palatable to the remaining business travelers, that multiple daily frequencies are needed to improve load factors. But I understand with the pilot/fleet shortages why it may only be 1x daily initially, which is far better than what exists today.
As an anecdote, on my own work trips to smaller markets, I fully accept the inevitability of at least one of 1) a near midnight arrival or 2) a ~5am departure. But when the 1x daily forces me to do both (and thus a second hotel night with both being short-sleep), I start checking for other options.
But however it may return, agreed it’s a step in the right direction.
As far as SBN/FWA DTW coming back I'll believe when I see it also. The SBN-ATL flights have lots of enplanements according to the DOT statistics same for FWA-ATL. DOT Statistics show that the enplanements to MSP on the lone flight in the morning have taken a large jump the past 12 months but pilot/fleet shortages at Skywest might keep the afternoon flight from returning. SBN-ATL on DL and SBN-CLT on AA are running neck and neck on market share and enplanements and AA has added a third daily flight in the late afternoon to cover for DL's pulling of the DTW flight and has the luxury with PSA of swapping out CRJ700's and CRJ900's depending on load factor. In SBN's case if traffic on SBN-ATL would return to pre-Covid levels and crew shortages continue at Skywest and Endeavor then DL could bring some mainline in with B717's which are actually cheaper to operate than any of the CRJ's. I wonder if that's why DL moved back to the gates in the old section of the terminal with the stronger ramp pavement and ramp room and full sized jetbridges.