Kansas City very underserved with 3.5 million flying indirectly
Almost 3.5 million flew indirectly domestically from Kansas City in 2019, booking data from OAG Traffic Analyser reveals.
The airport had 50 non-stop domestic routes in that pre-coronavirus year, but in 2021 only 44 are served.
Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Phoenix Mesa, Raleigh Durham, and San Antonio have been lost. Cincinnati, for example, is business-heavy; it is no surprise it has been cut in the current climate.
Including these now-unserved routes, Kansas City has 31 markets with P2P demand of at least 17,000 – before stimulation. They had a combined 1.3 million and a median of 31,600.
Aside from these six, Sacramento, San Jose, and Orange County are large markets, with between 54,000 and 80,000 passengers pre-stimulation.
Most of these markets, except the especially short ones, are interesting and may suit certain carriers; Breeze or JetBlue with A220-300s, anyone?
Unserved market summary
|Kansas City to/from…||Estimated P2P round-trip traffic in 2019|
|West Palm Beach||28,745|
|* All served in 2019 with the figures here reflecting this but now unserved. Data based only on the continental US. Source: booking data obtained via OAG Traffic Analyser.|
Kansas City’s largest unserved markets by fare-distance
As a European, these one-way base fares – excluding any fuel charges, ancillaries, and taxes – are all high or reasonably so.
This includes the five routes that were cut – highlighted in red – despite having below-trend fares.
Markets with above-average pre-stimulated traffic and above-trend, on-trend, or very near fare-distance are Sacramento, Orange County, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Charleston, and Hartford. Most are obviously not very leisure-orientated.
Of these, only a handful – Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, and Charleston – are in the rough LCC sweet spot in terms of distance and therefore flight time.
However, none of the analysed markets are particularly long given Kansas City’s middle-of-the-country position.
And despite below-trend fare-distance, the five cut markets – all with good traffic – remain intriguing. And they’re all in or close to the sweet spot.