Very disappointed to see SDF losing ATL (on top of recent losses to STL and BHM). Why wouldn't WN consider ATL-SDF-MKE or ATL-SDF-DAY in attempt to save those flights? SDF allows for quick turns and if you would add the thru service those flights would likely make $.
Very disappointed! DL and now AA will be getting more of my business!
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Southwest seems to be turning into a legacy carrier. While you do not use the term Hub and Spoke...you may as well. For example...from SDF you fly Nonstop to MDW, BWI, TPA, MCO, LAS, PHX, DEN, ATL and STL. All of those destinations are 'hubs/focus cities'...and you will soon discontinue STL...like you discontinued BHM prior. Big mistakes imo. Why? For us business travelers that need to go to STL and BHM etc....if it involves a connection....DL (and others) provide far more frequencies...many times at same or lower fares...and they provide upgrades for FC. The more we fly DL...the less we fly with SWA.
Really think that SWA is losing what made it great as it shifts all flying to long haul. Your consultants or whomever are wrong when they say short haul flying is going away. What has gone away are short haul nonstops at reasonable fares....SWA's claim to fame for most of its history. Yes fuel prices are higher and TSA adds some time.....but would think SWA would try to figure out how to make it work instead of giving up and 'permanently eliminating short haul flights' with every schedule change.
CLE or CMH-SDF-BNA-BHM-MSY is just one example of short-haul/thru routes that SWA should re-explore.
Unfortunately for SWA... AA, DL, UA have superior product for long hauls at fares that are same or less.
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