There are some more nonstop routes that could be added by US3 carriers out of XNA, including the following:
AA - XNA-PHX (PHX will be the only remaining AA hub city that AA doesn't serve nonstop from XNA once AA starts XNA-MIA nonstop service)
DL - XNA-DTW, XNA-SLC
UA - XNA-IAD (IAD is only one of 2 UA hub airports along with LAX that UA doesn't currently serve nonstop from XNA)
Without knowing much about PHX for AA, does it service that many more markets than LAX and DFW? And that would offer better connections? LAX gets 2 flights a day and DFW has 8 (just based on today). I assume AA will add it at some point but I wonder how much incremental business/value it gives AA versus bragging rights for XNA.
Being a DL FF'er, I'd like XNA-SLC personally....very jealous of TUL and their 175 to SLC. I think it'd probably steal some volume from MSP though (not even counting ATL), and DL seems fairly conservative with growth at XNA since upgauging all flights off of the the CR2 a few years back.
XNA is dropping Regional and going to Northwest Arkansas National Airport and has filed the paperwork with the FAA and TSA Check Point Expansion is done
I read about that earlier as well. I laughed a little to myself, as it seems airlines frequently don't know how to refer to XNA anyway. I've heard the official name, Fayetteville Regional, Bentonville/Fayettevillle Regional, and countless other ways.