stl07 wrote:Midwestindy wrote:stlgph wrote:
Sure, there are people who go skiing. But not as many as those flying to the islands.
Agreed, looking back I would rephrase what I said.
Although, DL is adding IND-SLC for the winter so maybe my remark was heard...
I have noticed an odd trend in which cities from the midwest (esp. MCI,STL) receive downgraded service to big city ski destinations (SLC,DEN) in the winter. I don't know if this is because those fights have been repurposed to ski destinations like Aspen or Jackson, or the airlines have added capacity to big ski cities from larger cities (ORD). Another reason I can speculate is that national park tourists want to come during the summer.
Part of it is also that DL is sending more and more west bound traffic through MSP, a lot of mid-sized cities can support SLC flights but DL prefers to use its RJs elsewhere I guess.
stl07 wrote:There has been a lot of rumors and events in STL that are hinting up to a long haul flight(New part of a concourse opening separate from WN's new gates, additional incentives, officials having meetings with european airlines, look on STL form for others).Someone on an STL form on another site even said "I get the feeling that there is a lot of pieces coming together on this that its much more serious." While it would be great for STL and give hope for the entire midwest in general if it happens, Im unsure what the effect would be on IND given the fact it only a 3 hour drive away, if any at all. What I'm hoping comes from this situation is that STL gets a flight on a 787 to Europe and IND gets a 757 to a different European city which would give both cities a flight without killing the other city's chance of a flight.
The thing that will help IND and STL is that CLE has been more focussed on low-cost flights. In an October IND airport board meeting, members said they were competing with Nashville, Tenn., and St. Louis airports for international flights. However if STL gets a flight it shouldn't affect any other city's chances(except MCI), ORD is about 30 minutes to an hour closer than STL, so if ORD doesn't affect IND chances STL shouldn't either. On a different note, I spoke with someone from the Indiana economic development corportation, and they told me that I should expect to see the LON flight during either the summer or the fall of this year... but I won't believe it until I see it