Regardless of B6
's actual plans, their service to TUS
would be (a) successful and (b) highly utilized. I've often wondered if B6
would initiate service from IAD
in fact because it would make oodles of money.
Consider the following:
has no low-priced service to the east coast. US, being a low cost airline, should have low-price fares to the east but they don't. Just ask any Tucsonan. Only WN
comes close with a flight to BWI
. The 1000's passengers are going to PHX
for a reason, and it sure as heck isn't convenience. Make flights TUS
-east coast reasonable and the passengers will flock, guaranteed.
route failed." This appears to be true, at least until the next winter season, but B6
is offering a different product. Per point a, CO
's failure could be attributed to the route's high price versus going to PHX
. I am a big CO
fan, but low-price east coast service would be a huge boon.
(c) Whomever thinks TUS
is a low-yield market has not checked prices lately. When I flew BWI
a few weeks back the fare on CO
was over $500. If B6
offered a routine sub-$400 fare on this route I bet they would sell out plenty of planes. This average fare would make it easily higher yield than the east coast-LGB
(c2) It should also be noted that only leisure travellers originating from TUS
and with lots of spare time go to PHX
. It takes at least 2 hrs each direction, making this a 4+ hour addition to travel time. Most trips are in 18 passenger vans with low-back bench seating. For passengers who don't live in TUS
, the travel time does not include getting to/from a hotel once arrived in TUS
. So if someone has the $$ to stay at a nice TUS
resort, they will not go to PHX
. Ditto for business travelers, who conclude that saving $100 is not worth four hours of lost productivity in a 18 passenger van outfitted with low-back bench seating.
(d) Consider also that the rumor does not rule out an alternative LGB
flight. Just about every airline flying into TUS
right now has a flight to SoCal, and by most accounts these flights are always full. So B6
adding this route may make sense as well.