On 8/21/2002 10:52:42 AM
I don't think Eagle serves that many small Illinois markets anymore. The only two I think are PIA and BMI (the other Illinois towns are American Connection feeding into STL). Eagle has threatened BMI before so I guess anything is possible.
Eagle serves BMI,PIA,SPI,CMI,and MLI (I believe). I would doubt that any of these are set to get cut. UAL does not serve CMI, where the only competition is NW (1 stop to MSP and nonstop to DTW). Here, AA offers 5x to ORD on ERJ-140s and -145s, and 7x to STL on JetStream 41s (American Connection). I think they're safe (besides, they're building a new parallel runway there - don't ask me why - I've been on TW Express when we did a U-turn on the active runway and taxied back down the runway to get to the terminal rather than run a bit more down the runway and use the taxiway).
PIA I think is too large for any complete cuts in service. AA has 4x to ORD and 7x to STL there, competing with 3x Delta to ATL (ASA, 2x to DTW and MSP on NW Airlink, and 4x UAL to ORD (ACA and mainline) and 2x to DEN.
BMI has more competition, with AA offering 3x to ORD and 8x to STL, while Airtran offers 3x to ATL, UAL 3x to ORD, and NW Airlink 4x to DTW and 2x to MSP. With traffic increasing more than 100% at this airport in the past 2 years, and a brand new 9-gate terminal opening last fall, I don't see this being a potential cut any time soon (especially as the drop of service by Frontier didn't result in any drop in pax).