AA to UST makes no sense from my view. My girlfriend lives off of FL-207 and can make it to JAX in under an hour (where we have 7-8x/day to CLT, plus DFW/PHL/ORD/DCA/AUS and BOS/LGA/JFK/FLL via B6) and 45 minutes to DAB (for the token CLT service). Both are straight shots on the freeway; even GNV is 1:15 from her place. Just a case of too many airports nearby to make UST work for a legacy.
I still contend that if a new airline comes into UST, it will be Avelo...it just fits too perfectly for them if/when they want to come into Northeast Florida.
I’d hardly call DAB’s CLT service token. They recently upgauged all but one flight to mainline.
They've also added seasonal DCA, DFW, and PHL.
Looking on a non-holiday Monday in January, DAB-CLT is 3x 319, 830a, 140p, 540p. To me, that's still token service. The single flight a day to DFW is nice, but not a game changer.
If I lived in St Augustine, I'd still choose JAX every single time over DAB based on a much better schedule. Heck, I'd probably choose MCO over DAB if I were there - from my girlfriend's place, I can make it to MCO in 90 minutes. Given the option of nonstops vs 3 flights a day to CLT (and one to DFW) and 90% of the time my schedule is going to be much more convenient driving the extra 50 minutes.