Some notes from my recently completed SAN-SMF RT 6/9-6/12.
Outbound to SMF...
Thanks for sharing this report William
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You do realize that, as far as we know, the move to T2W is temporary for AS & AA? But who knows, maybe someone's been doing some remodeling -- like sticking some windows in! -- in T2E during it's downtime. It would make sense but who in the aviation world has the money these days? I doubt that SDIA nor AAG do.
The pax counts you provided make me so frustrated! Possibly, you just happened to fly 2 unusually full flights? I doubt it. I'm sure WN flew at least 5 or 6 flights those days and yet, people were flying AAG. This is why AS cutting the route completely is so bothersome; if the loads are predicted to be THAT awful, drop to 1 r/t a day just to stay in the market and see what happens. With no service (for the foreseeable future!) why will anyone even continue to even think about AS?
AS continues to offer 2 daily r/t thru the month of July. I sure hope the bean counters/network planning will be watching the booking numbers for the next month and a half very closely and if things keep happening the way you report them, perhaps they will change their minds about the route-drop effective August 1...! Keep the route at dbl-daily for the rest of the year if necessary, or even cut it back to a single r/t, but please AAG, DON'T DROP IT!
Despite the increases that seem to be showing up in other AS markets later this year -- including in SAN -- I'm sure the carrier has lots of EMJs available to add flights back into this market and they can always eliminate some planned furloughs to make sure crews are available to operate the flights.
What bothers me is this. I can live with maybe losing SAN-SBP or SAN-RDM -- prolly temporarily but perhaps even permanently -- or even SAN-BWI, but for AS to axe an important intra-CA, high-use market like SAN-SMF, a route between 2 major CA cities which has a major competitor trying for 3 years to push AS out, seems like a very poor strategy. On one end of this city pair, AS has a focus city, hopefully continuing to grow its flyer base and expand its route map, and on the other end is the state capital which happens to be the 6th largest city in the state! And AS chooses not to serve the market?!
Thanks again William'
; now go enjoy that balcony of yours!