Back in May 2008 when AirTran dropped their MSP to MDW flight, the other 3 airlines (AA, NWA, United) increased their prices by 400% (no exaggeration!). Did I mention I go to school in Chicago, and make the round-trip EVERY weekend? Driving is an inexpensive but inconvenient option. Southwest, the sooner you coordinate this route, the sooner you'll get my money. I won't go back to the other airlines, no matter how many price wars they play with you. There are 30+ of us who make the round-trip to Chicago each week, to go to school. Although we’re a small group, I’m sure we’ll be a dedicated revenue stream for you. I know Southwest has a sophisticated strategy when entering and pricing the market, but this couldn't have happened soon enough. Many many thanks!
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Southwest, when are you going to start flying to Minneapolis. In April, Air Tran Airway discontinued its service between Chicago (MDW) and Minneapolis (MSP). I've heard that SWA and Air Tran have a non-compete agreement, but now that Air Tran has cancelled this easy 1-hour flight, the other airlines (NWA, United, American) have tripled, almost quadrupled the price of their round trip service. Why would the prices of these flights increase 4 fold? There is no reason for it other than AirTran’s competition was keeping prices low. Gasoline prices, although nearly $120/barrel, still do not excuse the other carriers from gouging their customers. I am a frequent flyer, and make the trip between Chicago and Minneapolis weekly, but I am extremely price sensitive. Northwest just got bought out…this is the perfect opportunity to seize market share, while they are attending to the new merger…. Southwest, you are our only hope!
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