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Spirit announces GSO

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:07 pm
by uncgso
Press conference going on now live https://www.facebook.com/FlyFromPTI/.

FLL, MCO, and TPA.

Re: Spirit announces GSO

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:13 pm
by TYSflyer
    uncgso wrote:
    Press conference going on now live https://www.facebook.com/FlyFromPTI/.

    FLL, MCO, and TPA.

    Good for both Spirit and GSO. I have always thought this would be a perfect airport for them given how underserved it is. Will be interesting to see if they grow beyond just Florida.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:14 pm
    by MO11
    uncgso wrote:
    Press conference going on now live https://www.facebook.com/FlyFromPTI/.

    FLL, MCO, and TPA.


    Worked for Continental Lite.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:24 pm
    by Polot
    MO11 wrote:
    uncgso wrote:
    Press conference going on now live https://www.facebook.com/FlyFromPTI/.

    FLL, MCO, and TPA.


    Worked for Continental Lite.

    CO Lite was 20 years ago, and NK is not an airline within an airline masquerading as something low cost.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:38 pm
    by flymco753
    I say, if GSO proves well, we can see some DTW, ORD and LAS flights show up.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:38 pm
    by flymco753
    MSY and IAH are possible as well.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:40 pm
    by WNflyer1523
    2-3x weekly on both FLL and TPA, 3-4x weekly on MCO. While small, it seems like a good way to start off

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:04 pm
    by MAH4546
    It's always surprised me how little Florida service there is from GSO. You have two daily RJs to Miami and then the non-daily Allegiant service to PIE and SFB. There's room for more.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:08 pm
    by jfklganyc
    I’m shocked JetBlue hasn’t done this yet. JFK BOS FLL MCO

    Looks like NK beat them to the punch

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:54 pm
    by rajincajun01
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:19 pm
    by Janj
    Great, a return to MCO and FLL -- two big unserved airports in already served markets. They were served by Frontier and Allegiant, respectively, though they dropped them a few years ago. Plus the connection opportunities on Spirit finally provide some LCC competition to lots of Caribbean/Latin American destinations.

    I'm surprised they took this long to start North Carolina, and tbh they probably could have gotten away with branding it as some form of a "Raleigh/Charlotte" airport. Hope they advertise in all three major metros, because although the Triad could support all three less-than-daily destinations, support from the CLT and RDU areas could hopefully push it to even higher frequency.

    When was the last time GSO-TPA was served? Was it Skybus or AirTran, or is this brand new?

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:26 pm
    by evank516
    jfklganyc wrote:
    I’m shocked JetBlue hasn’t done this yet. JFK BOS FLL MCO

    Looks like NK beat them to the punch


    They can still do JFK and BOS.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:09 pm
    by Beechtobus
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.


    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:37 pm
    by axiom
    Janj wrote:
    Great, a return to MCO and FLL -- two big unserved airports in already served markets. They were served by Frontier and Allegiant, respectively, though they dropped them a few years ago. Plus the connection opportunities on Spirit finally provide some LCC competition to lots of Caribbean/Latin American destinations.

    I'm surprised they took this long to start North Carolina, and tbh they probably could have gotten away with branding it as some form of a "Raleigh/Charlotte" airport. Hope they advertise in all three major metros, because although the Triad could support all three less-than-daily destinations, support from the CLT and RDU areas could hopefully push it to even higher frequency.

    When was the last time GSO-TPA was served? Was it Skybus or AirTran, or is this brand new?


    Can't recall AirTran on this route, but I want to say Delta ran it in the early 2000s.

    Of course, G4 serves PIE-GSO just across the bay, so it's not new service for the market.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:53 pm
    by airtrantpa
    Would love to se NK here in AVL.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:19 pm
    by mikejepp
    Hopefully this will spur traffic growth at GSO. Last time I was there, it was a ghost town...

    Anyone know what the current and historical peak annual passenger counts for GSO are?

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:19 pm
    by RDUDDJI
    Beechtobus wrote:
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.


    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.


    Despite what a.net may tell you: RDU easily has gate space for a carrier with <10 flights a day and CLT's airport fees are some of the lowest in the country (hence the pmUS (now AA) hub). They chose GSO because GSO is under-served and they can pull in a few fringe pax from both the RDU and CLT areas. There are a lot of small towns on the I-40/85 corridor that are within an hour or so of both RDU & GSO (including Durham).

    Kudos to GSO, NK may not be the airline you wanted, but hopefully it'll be the catalyst you need to grow GSO. "Grow GSO", I might trademark that.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:35 pm
    by rajincajun01
    RDUDDJI wrote:
    Beechtobus wrote:
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.


    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.


    Despite what a.net may tell you: RDU easily has gate space for a carrier with <10 flights a day and CLT's airport fees are some of the lowest in the country (hence the pmUS (now AA) hub). They chose GSO because GSO is under-served and they can pull in a few fringe pax from both the RDU and CLT areas. There are a lot of small towns on the I-40/85 corridor that are within an hour or so of both RDU & GSO (including Durham).

    Kudos to GSO, NK may not be the airline you wanted, but hopefully it'll be the catalyst you need to grow GSO. "Grow GSO", I might trademark that.


    Are you ever at RDU during the shuffling of gates in afternoons (especially when there are storms or diversions), evenings, and early hours when the red eyes come in? Late mornings, yea there’s space but that’s not ideal for a carrier trying to launch ops.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:23 pm
    by MIflyer12
    MAH4546 wrote:
    It's always surprised me how little Florida service there is from GSO. You have two daily RJs to Miami and then the non-daily Allegiant service to PIE and SFB. There's room for more.


    It's less than 10 hours by car GSO-MCO. Apparently GSO-Florida doesn't offer big business routes.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:53 pm
    by gsoflyer
    Janj wrote:
    Great, a return to MCO and FLL -- two big unserved airports in already served markets. They were served by Frontier and Allegiant, respectively, though they dropped them a few years ago. Plus the connection opportunities on Spirit finally provide some LCC competition to lots of Caribbean/Latin American destinations.

    I'm surprised they took this long to start North Carolina, and tbh they probably could have gotten away with branding it as some form of a "Raleigh/Charlotte" airport. Hope they advertise in all three major metros, because although the Triad could support all three less-than-daily destinations, support from the CLT and RDU areas could hopefully push it to even higher frequency.

    When was the last time GSO-TPA was served? Was it Skybus or AirTran, or is this brand new?


    The last time TPA was served, I believe, was when Independence Air was here and Delta also added the root to kill them.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:57 pm
    by gsoflyer
    Glad to see Spirit in here. Will be interesting to see how Allegiant reacts. I bet they just pull out and surrender to Spirit with Concord being as close as it is to GSO. And that may ultimately be GSO's angle too. Allegiant served GSO like a Charter airline since Skybus came in.

    If this works, they could easily add LAS and kill some of the gambling charters. Another thought is, could they add the old routes that have a lot of O&D like IAH and BOS. Or try to serve some of the markets that would have worked with Skybus at 1 per day instead of 2-3 per day.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:13 am
    by mikejepp
    gsoflyer wrote:
    Glad to see Spirit in here. Will be interesting to see how Allegiant reacts. I bet they just pull out and surrender to Spirit with Concord being as close as it is to GSO. And that may ultimately be GSO's angle too. Allegiant served GSO like a Charter airline since Skybus came in.

    If this works, they could easily add LAS and kill some of the gambling charters. Another thought is, could they add the old routes that have a lot of O&D like IAH and BOS. Or try to serve some of the markets that would have worked with Skybus at 1 per day instead of 2-3 per day.


    How successful has Concord been for Allegiant?

    Any chance Concord could get service from a second airline? Spirit... Frontier...?

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:32 am
    by uncgso
    Janj wrote:
    When was the last time GSO-TPA was served?

    Last time served nonstop:
    TPA … 2004 Independence Air
    FLL … 2010(?) Allegiant Air
    MCO … 2012 Frontier

    mikejepp wrote:
    Hopefully this will spur traffic growth at GSO. Last time I was there, it was a ghost town...

    Anyone know what the current and historical peak annual passenger counts for GSO are?

    2017 Statistics:
    872,552 – Deplaned
    879,198 – Enplaned
    1,751,750 – Total

    Could not find historical peak but pretty sure it was 1995 when the Continental hub was at its peak.

    The official press release:
    http://ir.spirit.com/news-releases/news ... -ultra-low

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:56 am
    by phluser
    gsoflyer wrote:
    Glad to see Spirit in here. Will be interesting to see how Allegiant reacts. I bet they just pull out and surrender to Spirit with Concord being as close as it is to GSO. And that may ultimately be GSO's angle too. Allegiant served GSO like a Charter airline since Skybus came in.

    If this works, they could easily add LAS and kill some of the gambling charters. Another thought is, could they add the old routes that have a lot of O&D like IAH and BOS. Or try to serve some of the markets that would have worked with Skybus at 1 per day instead of 2-3 per day.


    From GSO, I think it'd do MSY before IAH. If so, it can send some pax also through MSY to IAH and DFW, if the flight connections work.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:01 am
    by AVLAirlineFreq
    uncgso wrote:
    Janj wrote:
    When was the last time GSO-TPA was served?

    Last time served nonstop:
    TPA … 2004 Independence Air
    FLL … 2010(?) Allegiant Air
    MCO … 2012 Frontier

    mikejepp wrote:
    Hopefully this will spur traffic growth at GSO. Last time I was there, it was a ghost town...

    Anyone know what the current and historical peak annual passenger counts for GSO are?

    2017 Statistics:
    872,552 – Deplaned
    879,198 – Enplaned
    1,751,750 – Total

    Could not find historical peak but pretty sure it was 1995 when the Continental hub was at its peak.

    The official press release:
    http://ir.spirit.com/news-releases/news ... -ultra-low


    Yes. GSO did 2.22 million in 1994 and 1.86 million in 1995.

    The catchment area for GSO bleeds like crazy to RDU and CLT, so this is a nice pickup for them.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:28 am
    by Thespiritofit
    It would certainly make sense to add LAS to this. You could then open up all of the international destinations through FLL.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:47 am
    by flyguy89
    mikejepp wrote:
    Hopefully this will spur traffic growth at GSO. Last time I was there, it was a ghost town...

    Anyone know what the current and historical peak annual passenger counts for GSO are?

    It’s been a couple years since I was last at GSO and it seemed like a ghost town then as well, moreso because of just how oversized/overbuilt the terminal seemed. Something like 25 gates for an airport whose peak departures can’t be more than 60-70 daily flights definitely makes things feel pretty sparse.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 am
    by jetero
    phluser wrote:
    gsoflyer wrote:
    Glad to see Spirit in here. Will be interesting to see how Allegiant reacts. I bet they just pull out and surrender to Spirit with Concord being as close as it is to GSO. And that may ultimately be GSO's angle too. Allegiant served GSO like a Charter airline since Skybus came in.

    If this works, they could easily add LAS and kill some of the gambling charters. Another thought is, could they add the old routes that have a lot of O&D like IAH and BOS. Or try to serve some of the markets that would have worked with Skybus at 1 per day instead of 2-3 per day.


    From GSO, I think it'd do MSY before IAH. If so, it can send some pax also through MSY to IAH and DFW, if the flight connections work.


    CO inherited GSO station from PE, and I think GSO was one of PE’s early stations (then came Eastwind and Skybus). CO flew GSO-EWR nonstop, with CALite the route was GSO-GSP (which I think GSP was a new CO station)-MSY-IAH. I flew it in a 737-100 with airstairs that was inherited from PE (original operator LH) in 1994, which must have been 7 years after the merger.

    Wasn’t there a President’s Club?

    Is the US club still there?

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:54 pm
    by AVLAirlineFreq
    jetero wrote:


    Is the US club still there?


    Yep, still there. Of course, it dates back to the PI days.

    Is GSO the smallest airport in the U.S. with a legacy airline club?

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:14 pm
    by TYSflyer
    I do find it interesting that GSO will now have 3 ULCC. Granted, G4 has rather paltry service compared to other similar sized cities, and F9 only does seasonal DEN service.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:51 pm
    by JetBlueCLT
    Beechtobus wrote:
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.


    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.


    There’s 9 gates opening up at the end of month/early July. NK could get there gate in CLT If they wanted.

    CLT has one of lowest gate fees in country, not see where your going with that.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:01 pm
    by flymco753
    JetBlueCLT wrote:
    Beechtobus wrote:
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.


    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.


    There’s 9 gates opening up at the end of month/early July. NK could get there gate in CLT If they wanted.

    CLT has one of lowest gate fees in country, not see where your going with that.
    In return CLT has one of the worst air service incentive plans though, so it balances.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:15 pm
    by phluser
    I'd bet GSO's bleed is more to RDU than to CLT, at least for Florida, and NK in GSO has to stop some bleed at RDU more than CLT. RDU is a lot closer, and there were traditionally low fares out of RDU because of the sizeable WN presence and B6. At CLT, it's largely fortress hub fares from AA especially to Florida.

    Compare a random date, July 10, next month. WN has two nonstops out of RDU-MCO with $61 wanna get away fares for nonstops, including a morning and early evening flight. AA has some cheap fares out of CLT-MCO on it's nonstops the day before: some are limited only to last flight of day, Basic Economy which doesn't guarantee families seating next to each other, and the two offered are the very last flights of the day. On July 10, itself, nonstop fares are limited currently at $372 one way.

    jfklganyc wrote:
    I’m shocked JetBlue hasn’t done this yet. JFK BOS FLL MCO

    Looks like NK beat them to the punch


    I don't think B6 is interested at GSO or markets of that size. If there was any beating to the punch, it's F9 decision to open at RDU beat NK to the punch, and NK is coming in late into NC, with GSO.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:21 pm
    by flymco753
    phluser wrote:
    and NK is coming in late into NC, with GSO.
    Now, AVL as well.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:23 pm
    by 727LOVER
    airtrantpa wrote:
    Would love to se NK here in AVL.


    Could you please pick lottery numbers, please?

    viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1396475&p=20479913#p20479913

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:23 pm
    by evank516
    727LOVER wrote:
    airtrantpa wrote:
    Would love to se NK here in AVL.


    Could you please pick lottery numbers, please?

    viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1396475&p=20479913#p20479913


    Seriously. I need the winning Powerball numbers.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:47 pm
    by ahj2000
    JetBlueCLT wrote:
    Beechtobus wrote:
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDU’s limited gate space right now might have contributed to GSO landing NK.


    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.


    There’s 9 gates opening up at the end of month/early July. NK could get there gate in CLT If they wanted.

    CLT has one of lowest gate fees in country, not see where your going with that.

    My understanding is that American will take over the formerly OAL gates. A-North will have some common use gates though.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:03 pm
    by Janj
    axiom wrote:
    Of course, G4 serves PIE-GSO just across the bay, so it's not new service for the market.

    Right, don't know how I forgot that. For some reason I thought their other route was PGD, but they haven't operated that in a long time.

    phluser wrote:
    I'd bet GSO's bleed is more to RDU than to CLT, at least for Florida, and NK in GSO has to stop some bleed at RDU more than CLT. RDU is a lot closer, and there were traditionally low fares out of RDU because of the sizeable WN presence and B6. At CLT, it's largely fortress hub fares from AA especially to Florida.

    Probably for people in Greensboro and to the east, but don't forget that Winston-Salem, High Point and other smaller cities are basically equidistant. CLT has the benefit of nonstops almost everywhere, while RDU (usually) has the lower fares. Distance isn't really a factor when there are direct highway connections.
    You're probably exactly right for Florida though, there's no point in driving an hour and a half unless it's cheaper than a flight from GSO.


    uncgso wrote:
    Last time served nonstop:
    TPA … 2004 Independence Air
    FLL … 2010(?) Allegiant Air
    MCO … 2012 Frontier


    Allegiant briefly restarted FLL in 2013, but canceled it very quickly. Spirit could probably get some extra traffic through connections, unlike Allegiant.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:14 pm
    by RDUDDJI
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDUDDJI wrote:
    Beechtobus wrote:

    That’s my understanding- lack of RDU gate space and the AA fortress/lack of gates/cost of gates in CLT had NK split the difference.


    Despite what a.net may tell you: RDU easily has gate space for a carrier with <10 flights a day and CLT's airport fees are some of the lowest in the country (hence the pmUS (now AA) hub). They chose GSO because GSO is under-served and they can pull in a few fringe pax from both the RDU and CLT areas. There are a lot of small towns on the I-40/85 corridor that are within an hour or so of both RDU & GSO (including Durham).

    Kudos to GSO, NK may not be the airline you wanted, but hopefully it'll be the catalyst you need to grow GSO. "Grow GSO", I might trademark that.


    Are you ever at RDU during the shuffling of gates in afternoons (especially when there are storms or diversions), evenings, and early hours when the red eyes come in? Late mornings, yea there’s space but that’s not ideal for a carrier trying to launch ops.


    No one said they have to be in T2. There's space in T1.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:35 pm
    by TWFlyGuy
    MAH4546 wrote:
    It's always surprised me how little Florida service there is from GSO. You have two daily RJs to Miami and then the non-daily Allegiant service to PIE and SFB. There's room for more.


    Not just Florida but overall I'm surprised GSO doesn't have more service in general. While it is only ~760K residents and the 75th largest MSA, they could create drive divert from RDU & CLT especially given high fares. Not a full fledged hub but a focus city maybe for B6?

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:49 pm
    by airtrantpa
    evank516 wrote:
    727LOVER wrote:
    airtrantpa wrote:
    Would love to se NK here in AVL.


    Could you please pick lottery numbers, please?

    viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1396475&p=20479913#p20479913


    Seriously. I need the winning Powerball numbers.


    Spirit Airlines coming to Asheville Regional Airport
    wlos.com/news/local/spirit-airlines-06-13-2018

    AVL for NK to TPA MCO and FLL

    Nive ti see an old FL route back. G4 going to have to a nice competition

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:08 pm
    by airtrantpa
    evank516 wrote:
    727LOVER wrote:
    airtrantpa wrote:
    Would love to se NK here in AVL.


    Could you please pick lottery numbers, please?

    viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1396475&p=20479913#p20479913


    Seriously. I need the winning Powerball numbers.



    12 3 8 5 6. 9

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:32 pm
    by m0ssy
    Yes google is my friend, but I sure miss the days where I could hover over an airport code to reveal the name and location. I apologize if this horse has been beat to death, or if I missed something. I seriously couldn't remember ever hearing of GSO before.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:04 pm
    by USAirALB
    I can't speak for the RDU area, but many of CLT's northern suburbs are roughly equidistant in drive time between CLT and GSO once you factor in traffic.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:10 pm
    by stxbohn
    Maybe United can bring back GSO-IAH daily on a E-170/175 or even a E-145XR to beat Spirit to the punch.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:22 pm
    by gsoflyer
    phluser wrote:
    I'd bet GSO's bleed is more to RDU than to CLT, at least for Florida, and NK in GSO has to stop some bleed at RDU more than CLT. RDU is a lot closer, and there were traditionally low fares out of RDU because of the sizeable WN presence and B6. At CLT, it's largely fortress hub fares from AA especially to Florida.

    Compare a random date, July 10, next month. WN has two nonstops out of RDU-MCO with $61 wanna get away fares for nonstops, including a morning and early evening flight. AA has some cheap fares out of CLT-MCO on it's nonstops the day before: some are limited only to last flight of day, Basic Economy which doesn't guarantee families seating next to each other, and the two offered are the very last flights of the day. On July 10, itself, nonstop fares are limited currently at $372 one way.


    I wish there was data on this. I think if you look at leisure travel, people bleed into RDU. I think if you look at business travel, it bleeds into CLT more. That's more gut feel than anything.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:25 pm
    by gsoflyer
    Honestly,

    I'd be willing to bet Allegiant leaves GSO altogether and focuses on Concord. I am unsure how successful Concord is, but they have increased daily flights and destinations. I've heard that Frontier has been talking about making Denver non-seasonal and adding in Trenton to complete with American to Philadelphia. But no movement yet.

    Right now, GSO's biggest lacking into Boston and Houston as far as the top business O&D cities.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:14 pm
    by rajincajun01
    RDUDDJI wrote:
    rajincajun01 wrote:
    RDUDDJI wrote:

    Despite what a.net may tell you: RDU easily has gate space for a carrier with <10 flights a day and CLT's airport fees are some of the lowest in the country (hence the pmUS (now AA) hub). They chose GSO because GSO is under-served and they can pull in a few fringe pax from both the RDU and CLT areas. There are a lot of small towns on the I-40/85 corridor that are within an hour or so of both RDU & GSO (including Durham).

    Kudos to GSO, NK may not be the airline you wanted, but hopefully it'll be the catalyst you need to grow GSO. "Grow GSO", I might trademark that.


    Are you ever at RDU during the shuffling of gates in afternoons (especially when there are storms or diversions), evenings, and early hours when the red eyes come in? Late mornings, yea there’s space but that’s not ideal for a carrier trying to launch ops.


    No one said they have to be in T2. There's space in T1.


    No there’s not. Southwest has their proprietary equipment there, including scanning equipment. Until the next set of planned renovations (2-3 years from now), no other airline will have the capability to use T1.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:15 pm
    by phluser
    gsoflyer wrote:
    Honestly,

    I'd be willing to bet Allegiant leaves GSO altogether and focuses on Concord. I am unsure how successful Concord is, but they have increased daily flights and destinations. I've heard that Frontier has been talking about making Denver non-seasonal and adding in Trenton to complete with American to Philadelphia. But no movement yet.

    Right now, GSO's biggest lacking into Boston and Houston as far as the top business O&D cities.


    A flight to BWI is also missing although DCA has service. The issue for NK is that one can drive the distance in a day, but, I'd think GSO-BWI would have a better shot over GSO-BOS on NK. Maybe it'd offer a GSO-BWI with a connection to its BWI-BOS flight.

    I'd be surprised if F9 added TTN-GSO as it might dilute it's TTN-CLT. It cut TTN-RDU and more recently PHL-RDU, although MDT-RDU was randomly added. In general, F9 and NK seem to avoid drive distance within a day type routes.

    Re: Spirit announces GSO

    Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:35 pm
    by AVLAirlineFreq
    TWFlyGuy wrote:
    MAH4546 wrote:
    It's always surprised me how little Florida service there is from GSO. You have two daily RJs to Miami and then the non-daily Allegiant service to PIE and SFB. There's room for more.


    Not just Florida but overall I'm surprised GSO doesn't have more service in general. While it is only ~760K residents and the 75th largest MSA, they could create drive divert from RDU & CLT especially given high fares. Not a full fledged hub but a focus city maybe for B6?


    Keep in mind that the official MSA designation for Greensboro doesn't include either neighboring Winston-Salem or Burlington, both of which are their own defined metro areas. The Piedmont Triad CSA has over 1.6 million residents, although as noted the area leaks a great deal to RDU and CLT.