Last October was probably the "peak" in terms of number of destinations served by F9
. Of all the destinations served last fall, only DEN
was daily; everything else was less than daily and in many cases just 3 days a week. This fall every domestic destination from CLE
is daily or 2x daily. Overall, the number of flights per week is about the same as last year. This should be much more accommodating for passengers who no longer have to choose days to travel based on when the carrier is flying.
I wish CLE
would update their website stats in a more timely fashion. They posted their year end December stats a little over 2 months ago now, but have yet to add January or February. CAK has posted their Jan and Feb stats, and both months were down about 5% compared to the prior year, so it's possible that CLE
is continuing to retain more local pax that have previously flown out of CAK. With NK
having all of their new flights started by May, B6
starting at the end of the month, and G4
starting at CAK next month it seems like there might be too much new LCC and ULCC capacity for the NE Ohio market especially when you factor in F9
's growth last year. I wouldn't be surprised to see a handful of these new routes not make it, just like what F9
went through last fall.
As a comparison, NK
last year and it hasn't done as well as expected. Many routes went down to less than daily and a couple were dropped completely. Granted, MCI
has a huge WN
presence compared to CLE
, so that might have presented some challenges, but I do wonder if NK
will experience a similar start at CLE
, and BOS
over the next few weeks, with DFW
, and RSW
already operating. That's a pretty large list of cities to start a new station with, and I wonder how many of these survive into next year?
[Edited 2015-04-05 14:03:28]