Quoting BillReid Brilliant. You are using 2005/2006 data to call an airport overpriced.
You might want to look again, I posted the 2008 budget proposal numbers, the lowest RSW Cost per enplaned passenger could be is 7.00 according to the rather cryptic wording of their budget proposal. BUT the actual airport direct said on July 1, 2007:
"We're anticipating with our new budget our cost per enplaned passenger will be $7.20."
Of course if you think it is different please post the link, you have yet to ever actually post a factual source to any of your comments, which is fine since they are your opinion.
Also, if you would have bothered to read the budget you would see that the total cost per enplaned passenger is variable until the year end when the airport provides a pro-rated refund or additional assessment which impacts the final cost. Since 2007 is not over, the final number is not available to anyone at the moment.
"The agreement with the airlines uses a residual rate setting methodology, Each year actual revenues and expenses are compared to budget. Differences between actual budget are returned to the airlines in the form of a refund"
the refund in 2006 was a whopping 318.000, but that still changes the Cost per emplaned passenger. In this case that refund "lowered" the cost to 7.29.
this information is the most current:
"Despite a small increase in air carrier operating costs, the airlines worked constructively with airport staff to determine growth projections and were pleased with the results. We have made a concerted effort to control expenses and are able to offset some of the cost to maintain and support the airport operations with a nearly 7 percent reduction in landing fees said ROBERT M BALL , executive director of the Lee County Port Authority.
What's interesting is that FLL can work with SX but RSW didn't bother. Because of RSW's inability to be competitive that is the beauty of the US business system they went to PGD, and that is allowing SX to grow their markey penetration within the SW Florida Market place by over 50% in just 6 months.
because under the Florida Sunshine Law they'll fax it over to you if you just ask.
Maybe since you are in the Netherlands you don't realize that in the United States every public agency and company must disclose budgets and income, it's not just the "Sunshine Law" you keep mentioning. By the way, this is all on the internet these days, there is no reason to get a fax.
I've seen posts that say SX's target audience is leisure. Then it was said that it was not leisure. G4 flies vacation packagers for the most part.
It's good to see you acknowledging that ULCC's are a viable business model.
[Edited 2007-12-01 13:28:44]