|Quoting enilria (Reply 79):|
In the WN network STL is vastly inferior to MDW as a connect point. Thus, odd...
I think LIT
may have been Wright casualties. No thru DAL
traffic anymore and soft local traffic.
St Louis runs banks in the early morning and later PM
, and by Southwest having LIT
flights to and from those STL
banks they are offering better business schedules to many large destinations.
only run 1x/day, and both later in the afternoon. So options are limited and not always too business friendly. With early AM
and later PM
flights into the STL
hub there are twice-daily business-friendly connections to a good swath of major cities.
Boston is a good example.
Current schedule via MDW
3:45pm – 11:20pm
6:35pm – 1:10am
11:10am – 5:55pm
5:00pm – 10:25pm
5:45pm – 10:55pm
New schedule via STL
6:25am – 12:00pm
5:25pm – 11:15pm
6:50am – 11:30am
6:00pm – 10:35pm
A few other things:
--It takes a little pressure off of MDW
--They know what traffic they are leaving on the table with lost 1-stop city pairs (LIT
--Some of the local LIT
traffic will be retained via STL
, and they will gain back local LIT
traffic. That’s not a ton, but with the business-friendly schedule (something I don’t think WN
ran in the market’s later years) it may be stimulated somewhat.
I’d categorize these LIT
changes as more “interesting” than “obvious”, but I don’t think they are doomed to failure.