Republic adds more MKE nonstops

Old Nov 10, 09, 11:03 am
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Republic adds more MKE nonstops

Welcome back SFO and RDU!


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Old Nov 10, 09, 11:08 am
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I am enjoying the agressiveness that Republic is displaying.
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Old Nov 10, 09, 12:11 pm
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Yeah, it's about time. Midwest needs to show the MKE market some love.

RDU has been a major gap in the MKE route map so I am glad to see that it's returning.
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Old Nov 10, 09, 2:30 pm
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This is spectacular news...welcome back SFO!!!

I like how they put in the disclaimer that tickets have to be bought atleast 21 days in advance by November 30th for routes that dont even kick in until next April.
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Old Nov 10, 09, 2:33 pm
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This brings to 8 the number of restored nonstop city pairs versus last September's cutbacks. (Actually if you compare to September it's 9 because MKE-MCO was also cut, but it was planned to come back seasonally.)

MKE-LAX
MKE-SFO
MKE-SDF
MKE-RSW
MKE-FLL
MKE-RDU
MKE-STL
MCI-RSW

I'm surprised to see Raleigh come back before Hartford, and still believe Seattle is coming this coming year. But I'm certainly happy to see SFO and RDU. Nice to see that RDU is an E170 rather than an RJ. Raleigh is not generally a high-yield market, but the volume can be decent. The lower costs of the E170 are a better fit.

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Old Nov 10, 09, 3:39 pm
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Bryan Bedford indicated at the MMAC all-member meeting that Republic is considering adding six more routes, in addition to MKE-SFO and MKE-RDU announced today.

MKE-SEA is sure to be one of them, IMO.
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Old Nov 10, 09, 3:42 pm
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I would love to see Southwest add MKE-OAK as well

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Old Nov 10, 09, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by mke9499 View Post
Bryan Bedford indicated at the MMAC all-member meeting that Republic is considering adding six more routes, in addition to MKE-SFO and MKE-RDU announced today.

MKE-SEA is sure to be one of them, IMO.
I'd say the smart money would be on BDL, CWA, SEA, and SAN. For the other two, I guess it all depends on what aircraft is used. A strong case could be made for places like ABQ, SAT, IAH/HOU, or perhaps MIA.

As to the two new routes announced today, I was surprised SFO was included this early. I've heard over the last couple of months that CWA, BDL, and RDU would be bookable by year-end. That may still happen.
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Old Nov 10, 09, 4:22 pm
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Originally Posted by mke9499 View Post
Bryan Bedford indicated at the MMAC all-member meeting that Republic is considering adding six more routes, in addition to MKE-SFO and MKE-RDU announced today.

MKE-SEA is sure to be one of them, IMO.
These speculations are always fun. I vote for....

Hartford
Seattle
San Diego
Wausau
Houston
Charlotte

Dark horses include San Antonio, Toronto, Portland, Albuquerque, Miami, and...yes...Baltimore. I'm not saying these are all winners, and some might be entered for reasons other than near-term profit (ahem...BWI). But if perhaps one of these was on the list of six potential, it wouldn't be completely outside of the realm of possibility.

I wonder if the "six" includes possible additions elsewhere, like MCI? MCI resumption to San Antonio and/or New Orleans seems like a decent shot. Republic doesn't seem especially thrilled with their smaller-RJ flying these days, which makes things like MCI-AUS and MCI-CMH less likely. But on the other hand if one of their major partners cuts out some RJ's, perhaps they'll come to the branded operation. (Republic's contract to fly for Continental is not being renewed, but Republic is able to return those CRJ's to the lessing company.)
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Old Nov 10, 09, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by knope2001 View Post
I vote for....

Houston
Charlotte

Dark horses include San Antonio, Toronto, Portland, Albuquerque, Miami, and...yes...Baltimore. I'm not saying these are all winners, and some might be entered for reasons other than near-term profit (ahem...BWI).
Do you really think Houston and Charlotte are near the top for destinations to return? Houston might be workable on an E170, but Charlotte was a pulled before the price of oil really went crazy and the SkyWest fleet was reduced.

For awhile, I didn't think BWI had a chance of returning anytime soon. However, like you said, there may be some very good strategic reasons for adding it back. If nothing else, it would be fun to see Republic take a slap at both Southwest and AirTran.
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Here are the top 50 local markets from Milwaukee from the 2nd quarter of this year. Note that Continental Express stats are not included, so I used the 2nd quarter of 2008 for CLE, EWR and IAH. Markets which connect significant passengers via CLE, EWR or IAH are underrepresented. A few city pairs to the east seemed to have very large drops from 2008 to 2009, making me wonder if perhaps the absense of CO* connections is the issue.

Markets in bold are not served nonstop from Milwaukee by Midwest.

1 ….. 960 ….. LAS
2 ….. 943 ….. LGA
3 ….. 934 ….. MCO
4 ….. 684 ….. ATL
5 ….. 596 ….. PHX
6 ….. 531 ….. TPA
7 ….. 528 ….. DEN
8 ….. 486 ….. BOS
9 ….. 483 ….. DCA
10 … 458 ….. LAX
11 … 408 ….. DFW
12 … 390 ….. MSP
13 … 375 ….. SFO
14 … 366 ….. EWR
15 … 356 ….. BWI
16 … 327 ….. RSW
17 … 279 ….. SEA
18 … 277 ….. PHL
19 … 276 ….. FLL
20 … 237 ….. SAN
21 … 221 ….. CLE
22 … 204 ….. IAH
23 … 193 ….. CLT
24 … 189 ….. MCI
25 … 153 ….. STL
26 … 124 ….. PDX
27 … 115 ….. SAT
28 … 113 ….. SNA
29 … 108 ….. DTW
30 … 108 ….. BNA
31 … 105 ….. CMH
32 ... 99 ….. RDU was 182.7 in summer 2008…continental issue?
33 ... 95 ….. MSY
34 ... 91 ….. JAX
35 ... 87 ….. PIT was 139.8 in summer 2008
36 ... 86 ….. SLC
37 ... 85 ….. SMF
38 ... 80 ….. SAV
39 ... 77 ….. MEM
40 ... 75 ….. OMA
41 ... 70 ….. MIA
42 ... 68 ….. AUS
43 ... 66 ….. ABQ
44 ... 66 ….. PBI
45 ... 63 ….. PNS
46 ... 58 ….. GSO
47 ... 57 ….. TUS
48 ... 57 ….. CHS
49 ... 54 ….. BDL was 143.6 in summer 2008…continental issue?
50 ... 51 ….. IND

This isn't by any means a perfect list of where they should / will go. There are issues of competition, distance, connection opportunities, yield, and seasonality to be aware of. But it gives some ideas.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 10:52 am
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I like how Midwest's route map is finally starting to fill in. I'm hoping for PDX and SLC as new YX stations in the future. I think and E190 will do well on those routes.
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I like how Midwest's route map is finally starting to fill in. I'm hoping for PDX and SLC as new YX stations in the future. I think and E190 will do well on those routes.
SLC was a disaster for delta and they have a hub there. What makes you think that Midwest can fill over 90 seats on that route when Delta could not fill 50 seats?

Maybe MKE-PDX seasonally like May to early September but that is it.
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SLC was a disaster for delta and they have a hub there. What makes you think that Midwest can fill over 90 seats on that route when Delta could not fill 50 seats?

Maybe MKE-PDX seasonally like May to early September but that is it.
Delta actually had very good loads on MKE-SLC. Unfortunately, the yields were terrible because most of the traffic on the route was connecting passengers.

I'd also like to see MKE-PDX. The route might be viable year-round if Republic flies it with an E170 during the winter months.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 6:27 pm
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I thought there were strong rumors that GSO was going to get MKE and DEN service now that the Republic crew base (and maintenance base?) for some aircraft were going i there. Is this yet to be announced or was it only a rumor that will go unfulfilled.
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