|Quoting enilria (Reply 93):|
When PHL was opened many people, including moi, said that it was inconsistent with their plans for TTN. TTN was growing like a weed and adding new destinations. If that was all going well it made no sense to open up PHL and potentially damage it.
I know I'm wasting my time again - nothing I say will change your opinion - but for the benefit of others here, there are several things at work.
has always had physical limitations - its runway length and its terminal size. Ultimately, Frontier could not expand there much more (any?) more, the terminal was almost literally bustin' at the seams last summer.
There were discussions about this in the TTN
thread, and the consensus was that TTN
had pretty much reached it's practical, physical limit. If they wanted to add more - new routes, or frequency to the best destinations, TTN
going to daily, for example - then it would be tight, and maybe even too tight and something would have to give.
So something has given. As at many places, some TTN
routes do better than others. Dropping CMH
had nothing to do with PHL
, which had not started then, there were not even hints of PHL
at that time.
Then again, Indigo didn't buy Frontier for what it is - but for what it could become. Some were surprised that Indigo kept TTN
at all, maybe you were one of them. Indigo has kept it, but on Indigo's terms.
Across the network, Indigo isn't as keen as old Frontier was on less than daily frequency. They still happen (Florida particularly in the off-season) but most new routes start as daily, or go to it pretty quickly, as at STL
. It's not a hard and fast rule, especially to Florida, but it is there.
But why keep TTN
at 4 x when they can support daily, for the sake of keeping TTN
, which didn't do all that well?
We are watching the network being radially and even ruthlessly restructured. I have no idea where this restructure will eventually lead, but PHL
is not an issue for me, just as serving two NY airports, and sometimes three, isn't a problem for other airlines.
is a huge metropolitan area which cannot be adequately served just from TTN
, if only because of runway length and terminal size. If they wanted to start TTN
, for example, or TTN
, they couldn't happen - the ol' laws of physics again.
So I'd just point out - again - that they are adding frequencies to TTN
for Spring Break, but not at PHL
. But if TTN
had not been not pruned, if the terminal were still jam-packed, perhaps they couldn't do this.
Then again, I'm pretty sure I recall you saying that PHL
would be a flop, too.