Is cle sju really being cut or is it a typical seasonal adjustment? I have to imagine this one is in hands of a tour operator that commits to filling seats.
Analogous to Frontier albeit much smaller but Enilirias Post this week has some Spirit trimming at CLE this spring, a cutback of daily service to ATL and MYR.
At what point is it too late for Airlines to announce added routes or capacity to help the airport counter Frontier cuts and continue its growth trajectory in 2018. February?
I’d imagine the hurricane related damage is what did this route in. Loads on this route were always very good and fares not that cheap.
As for Frontier, they loaded their 2018 summer schedule about 4-5 months ago, so the airlines have had ample time to announce new service, but nothing has happened. What killed Frontier on the routes they cut at CLE was the aggressive legacy price matching. Why fly F9 to SFO or LAX, when United is offering the same nonstop flight for $50 one way? Same can be said for CLT, where AA was running $20 fare sales almost daily against the F9 nonstop. Of course, this means that passengers can now enjoy the $500+ round trips to SFO in UA this summer with no competition.
Interestingly the F9 flight to MSP is coming back this year, likely because Delta just ignored F9 and kept pricing as it always was. The ULCC need to find routes that have high demand (Florida, LAS) or have no nonstop legacy competition (SEA, PDX, PHX). Going into the legacy mega hubs of SFO, CLT, IAH, and ATL don’t work with price matching.