|Quoting Mariner (Reply 49):|
It's also tough for me to imagine that this present expansion DEN-SAN by both Southwest and Frontier - with over 800 seats a day coming on to the route - is driven entirely by DEN O&D.
Let's also remember that essentially the same thing is happening with the SEA-DEN market; WN just started flying last weekend 4x daily and F9 is increasing that market by one flight in January. Last June, WN started DEN-OAK, their first west coast-DEN service, and a route that F9 does not (currently) serve.
I agree Mariner. I think WN is definitely making a move at turning DEN into a, no, I won't call it a hub, a connecting city; earlier on, I'm not sure if that was their intention but with the addition of the 3 west coast routes, plus SLC and LAS, they now have a very well balanced (east, west, and south) route structure out of DEN. Connections are a natural.
As I've said in the past, it is often mentioned how the Denver travellers/FF prefer F9 or UA. But what about the huge WN customer bases in LAS, OAK, and SAN, for example, who want to fly to Denver and back -- now they can fly their airline; I don't think this can be ignored when discussing DEN travel.
Judging by WN's past and present growth at Denver, it looks to me like gate availability is the only thing that will eventually slow them down... (It also appears that may be a factor sooner rather than later.)