|Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 129):|
Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 126):It's an informed source at CRAA mentioning it, who probably wouldn't be mentioning AS specifically unless there was something to it.Quoting NoTime (Reply 125):But, I would imagine that any VP of Development of a decent sized airport would know better than to say something like that, on the record, without having the consent of the airline in question.
Not necessarily, you'd be surprised how casual and off-the-cuff airport officials can be. In any case the statement was very vague and I wouldn't let my pulse race until you actually hear something from AS. I'm sure they're interested, kicking the tires and evaluating many markets right now, so "interest" can mean a full spectrum of things...for example, airlines are of course always interested in adding new markets.
My personal thought on this is not to expect an announcement of AS
service to CMH
anytime soon. The CRAA is always tight-lipped about service announcements. There has never been any indication from them when Allegiant has started a new route from LCK
; nothing on social media, no hints, nothing. There was no indication whatsoever of Frontier resuming service to CMH
either. The fact that Mr. Whitaker actually mentions AS
by name speaks to me more that it's part of a blanket statement of the airline seeking new markets, as was pointed out. If AS
truly does intend to begin service to CMH
within the year, and I certainly hope they do, we likely wouldn't and shouldn't know about it until the press release is published.
As far as a nonstop to Asia is concerned, it's nice to aim high, but better access to Asia gateways should be a first priority. It pains me that the CRAA settled on courting WN
to serve OAK
instead of insisting on and continuing to pursue UA
. With United announcing another Chinese spoke from the SFO
hub every month it seems like, CMH
is missing out on a golden opportunity to extend its global reach. I wish there were enough traffic for both WN
to serve the Bay Area from CMH
, but with UA
being so hesitant to enter the market in the first place, it's not likely to happen now. It's unfortunate, as Asia traffic is already a large international travel segment and growing from Central Ohio, thanks particularly to Honda and tOSU. When I worked for UA
, the first arrival from ORD
always contained dozens of ANA connections from NRT
, plenty with Priority tags on their bags. During the end of classes at Ohio State, I remember sending nearly 100 connecting passengers to major Asia gateways on the busiest days. The market is definitely there; hopefully with continually growing passenger numbers more airlines begin to capitalize on the local market.