spiritair97
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WN CHS-Florida?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:20 am

I have been wondering since the announcment of B6's entrance into the CHS market, if it would be possible for WN to expand into Florida from Charleston. It seems very possible as there is virtually no competition to Florida from CHS, except American Eagle's daily E-145 to MIA. Plus, if NK is able to support 9x weekly a320s to FLL on what is mostly O&D, I think Florida would be a no-brainer for WN.

I know that people are going to say gate space is an issue, but WN has 8 daily flights currently out of B5. (3x BWI, 2x MDW, 1x each HOU and BNA) Knowing WN's quick turnarounds, they could proably fix one or two more flights into that gate each day. If not, B5 is conveniently located right next to a hardstand, with WN equipment (including airstairs) buzzing around all the time. This could be one option. Another is gate B4. It is only used by American Eagle for 2-3 flights a day, all of which turn in under an hour (all E-145s). This gate is not owned by American Eagle, so Wzn could use it if necessary and if it got approval from the airport.

As for service, I could definitely see a daily nonstop to FLL and/or MCO.

Any thoughts?
 
jetmatt777
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RE: WN CHS-Florida?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:37 am

Anything is possible I guess.

But it seems WN's focus as of lately has been MDW and DEN. We haven't really seen a lot of Florida expansion in a while.
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RE: WN CHS-Florida?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:17 am

Honestly, I would think B6 would be a far more likely flyer on CHS to Florida, sometime after they start their initial service. After all, routing JFK-CHS-MCO or BOS-CHS-FLL would seem to be a pretty decent utilization of an aircraft. Further, FLL, MCO and TPA or even possibly SRQ would all be good for CHS and these match places B6 serves with an eye on growing, at least slowly. I agree with the idea that Southwest is focused more on the airtran integration at this point. Another reason why B6 is more likely (IMO) is their ability to use E190s on the route, not quite as high a bar as a 737 and perhaps a more likely to succeed starting point for CHS- Florida service.
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LV
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RE: WN CHS-Florida?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:56 am

How many people in CHS want to fly to MCO, FLL, TPA? I can't imagine there is that much O&D. One vacation/ snowbird haven to another.
 
clemsonaj
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RE: WN CHS-Florida?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:28 pm

Quoting LV (Reply 3):
How many people in CHS want to fly to MCO, FLL, TPA? I can't imagine there is that much O&D. One vacation/ snowbird haven to another.

I think this might be the reason it wasn't started when WN entered the market, unlike GSP in the upstate. If there was enough O&D traffic I think you would have seen a flight by now. I think WN might try the market after the FL integration settles down, but they didn't see the business case when the station was opened and I doubt much has changed since.
 
spiritair97
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RE: WN CHS-Florida?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:24 am

There may not be so much O&D traffic, but isn't much of WN's business connections? And no matter where you are, it always seems there are people who wanna go to Disneyworld. And I guarantee that WN could beat the prices DL wants to go to ATL.

Quoting brooklynchris13 (Reply 2):
Honestly, I would think B6 would be a far more likely flyer on CHS to Florida, sometime after they start their initial service. After all, routing JFK-CHS-MCO or BOS-CHS-FLL would seem to be a pretty decent utilization of an aircraft. Further, FLL, MCO and TPA or even possibly SRQ would all be good for CHS and these match places B6 serves with an eye on growing, at least slowly. I agree with the idea that Southwest is focused more on the airtran integration at this point. Another reason why B6 is more likely (IMO) is their ability to use E190s on the route, not quite as high a bar as a 737 and perhaps a more likely to succeed starting point for CHS- Florida service.

That is also a very good point. Maybe B6 could eventually have a similar setup to what they have at RIC?
By that, I mean one or two daily flights to MCO and/or FLL and a few to JFK and BOS? Given CHS doesn't have the D.C. traffic that RIC does, but it could still cater to the Disney and connecting traffic at MCO, and the Caribbean and other connections, as well as whatever O&D traffic at FLL.

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