Thursday November 29, 2007
Yeager to offer direct flights from Charleston to Las Vegas
by George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor
Kanawha County officials were set to announce today that direct air service linking Charleston and Las Vegas will begin in early March.
Rick Atkinson, director of Yeager Airport, said, "It is an exciting opportunity for the people of West Virginia to have direct service to Las Vegas, one of the most popular tourist and convention business locations in the world."
Southern Skyways will offer the service from Charleston to Las Vegas on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from Las Vegas on Tuesdays and Fridays.
According to the airline's Web site, www.southernskyways.com, flights will be offered at fares as low as $169 each way, although the fare posted on the Web site is $189. Tickets can be purchased now online.
Interesting routing to say the least. From the same article, here's the reason for the LAS-OAK flights:
The aircraft is going to Oakland because it will also be used for flights from Oakland to Hawaii, although those flights will be a private shuttle, Evans said.
Looks like instead of having a ferry flight between LAS-OAK, Southern Skyways is selling seats. Good move, as it makes more sense to have a paying passenger in the seat than let the seat fly empty. I wonder if Primaris and Southern Skyways plan on splitting the cost of the LAS-OAK flights? Or if they plan on splitting the revenue generated from the flights and have Primaris cover the flight costs since Primaris would have needed to ferry the plane to OAK regardless.
In any case, it looks like the folks at Southern Skyways have studied Allegiant's business model. Smart move, as the Allegiant model has been wildly successful. It will be interesting to see how they do out of CRW seeing as how Allegiant has been doing very well out of HTS.