Light Years said:There is service that the demands that LCCs refuse to provide or cannot without gaining the costs of a classic airline. I think RowUnderDCA is correct that its just a cycle. Just as USAir was once the unstoppable, nimble crackerjack of an airline, JetBlue and Southwest wil become the bloated airlines of tomorrow, and then someone will p*ss in thier pool and the public will support the upstart.
Well, US Airways "came into being" in 1979. If they were a "nimble crackerjack" at that time, then it has taken them only 25 years to reach the brink of their second bankruptcy.
Southwest has been around for over 30 years in which it has shown consistent growth and profits. Exactly when do you expect them to become bloated?
I'm not trying to bash US Airways--Southwest is just as much a thorn in AA's side-- but when you make statements that don't stand up to the facts, I'm just wondering where you are getting your information. Or, are you assuming that because it happened to US Airways, it has to happen to all other airlines?
And, I repeat. No one has a right to air service. If a profitable market is there, air service will get provided whether the legacy airlines exist or not. I hear this same argument about the poor left out smaller cities from AA people--usually from someone who wants the freedom to live in someplace like Pagosa Springs, CO, but also wants to commute on mainline from there.