Appleton to Charlotte begins – 53 two-way connections available
American launched Appleton – Charlotte on 5 November, with this service operating once-daily using Embraer 175s.
With non-stimulated point-to-point demand of 8,300 in 2019, rising to almost 18,000 if Green Bay is included, this route will of course rely on connections over American’s second-largest hub.
Analysis using OAG’s connections tool reveals that 53 two-way connections will be available, including seven destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico and – fundamentally – 16 in Florida.
This is based on the week starting 12 November, a maximum four-hour transit, and circuity of no more than 50%.
Appleton had approximately 158,000 passengers to these 53 destinations last year, booking data obtained through OAG Traffic Analyser reveals.
Appleton’s top-10 destinations very leisure-focused
Of these 53 destinations, the top-10, by indirect passengers, were unsurprisingly very leisure in nature: Orlando; Tampa; Fort Myers; Fort Lauderdale; Raleigh Durham; Miami; Savannah; Jacksonville; New Orleans; and, despite non-stops, Atlanta.
Allegiant serves Sanford, St Petersburg, and Punta Gorda for Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers, but the main airports remain unserved.
An estimated 82% of the 158,000 flew via a hub, especially Atlanta (39%) and Chicago O’Hare (35%), with Detroit a distant third (14%).
Crucially, American had a low 12% share of traffic to these 53, well behind Delta (63%) and United (25%). Clearly, the introduction of Charlotte will mean that the carrier will be able to grow its share of traffic from the Wisconsin airport to these destinations.
Will American begin Green Bay to Charlotte too? Even though it is just 37 miles away from Appleton, the airport had almost the same passenger volume to these 53 destinations last year. And on a P2P basis, Green Bay now remains the largest and closest unserved market from Charlotte.