|Quoting rtalk25 (Reply 51):|
That said, I was surprised WN added IAD-SAN over IAD-PHX. The IAD station, at this point, is just there as a complementary station to DCA with some west bound services
I think there might be a couple of reasons for the start of the SAN
-Dulles flight last November.
already had a good presence in the SAN
-WAS market with 2 daily (and long-lived) nonstops to BWI
plus their direct (via AUS
) no-change SAN
flight that they proposed and have faithfully op'd since the last Beyond-Perimeter hearing ended in 2012. This WN
service is now the best on-going offered between Lindbergh and Reagan airports.
As no one now flies nonstop between SAN
, I think WN
might be positioning themselves for the next Beyond-Perimeter hearing to help them win a nonstop authority in the market. With nonstops to both IAD
plus direct service to DCA
certainly offers the most complete coverage to the DC airports from SAN
. Perhaps they feel the DOT would appreciate that fact when handing out the next SAN
Also, besides WN
, only UA
flies between SAN
, a market with fairly healthy O&D traffic. There was some activity last year, especially by F9
, adding domestic routes out of Dulles, and I think WN
might have decided to grab some of the SAN
-market before someone else did.
Finally, SAN IS
a large WN
operation with about 100 daily flights to about 26 destinations and carrying about 40% of the passengers traffic in and out of the airport. In fact, SAN
might be more strategic to the WN
system than some people think. The carrier continuing to expand and grow at SAN
doesn't seem so strange to me... And since the majority of short and mid-haul markets are already connected with SAN
, long-hauls being added also makes sense.