Articles Tagged ‘MKE’
Southwest’s arrival in Milwaukee increases seat capacity by 10%; six new routes target AirTran and Midwest
As Southwest starts a new base; will the airline find new route opportunities or compete with the carriers already based at the airport? Also see our coverage of the remarkable launch celebrations, including a flight attendant rapper.
More interesting new routes started this week involving airports in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, France, Iraq, Norway, Oman, Russia, the UK, Ukraine and the USA. Can Oman Air come up with another cake as good as last week’s award-winning creation?
We found 15 airlines who this week took the plunge and started (or in some cases re-started) new routes. These include new domestic services in Australia, Russia and the USA plus international routes involving Brazil, Croatia, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
Rapidly downsized Midwest is now part of Republic. Which routes has it given up in the last year and where is increased competition coming from at Milwaukee? Which are its busiest routes?
AirTran now has lower unit costs than Southwest, but has put its fleet expansion plans on hold. Which new markets has it opened in 2008/09 and which segments of its route network are growing fastest?
New route started this week operated by Air Asia, Alaska Airlines, Best Air, bmibaby, Hong Kong Express, Monarch, Northwest, Virgin America and Westjet.
Milwaukee is just 100 kilometers from O’Hare and is Wisconsin’s leading airport. Midwest is the leading airline but its new owners have decided to initiate major cuts from September. AirTran added eight new routes at the airport in May having failed take control of Midwest. Let battle commence!