Sad numbers for legacy carriers from Boston Logan airport

by Charlie Leocha on October 30, 2009

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Tucked into the end of a blog post about an increase in rental car rates at Boston was a more disturbing note for legacy carriers. While the airport saw an increase of six percent, legacy carriers accounted for only 14 percent of that.

…passenger numbers continue to rise at Logan after falling for more than a year, with a 6 percent increase in September from the previous September. Of the 126,309 additional passengers last month, 86 percent traveled on the airport’s four new carriers: Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines, and Porter Airlines.

Part of that 14 percent increase went to JetBlue that is still growing in Boston, making the legacy carriers’ increase even more appalling.

The writing is on the wall. Legacy carriers are retrenching and folding back into their hubs and leaving the point-to-point traffic to the likes of Southwest, JetBlue, Virgin America and the like.

Increases in traffic for the low-cost carriers will keep growing. Legacy carriers seem destined to keep shrinking. Worse, they are planning on it.

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  • Frank

    The writing is on the wall. Legacy carriers are retrenching and folding back into their hubs and leaving the point-to-point traffic to the likes of Southwest..
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    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/2009/10/25/20091025biz-insider1025gilbertson.html?&wired#

    In Phoenix, McKenzie said in a report Friday, Southwest is offering 10.4 percent fewer non-stop seats each week to cities where it overlaps with US Airways. In the first three months of next year, it will offer 6 percent fewer seats on the same basis.

    Southwest has 20 percent fewer non-stop seats per week out of Philadelphia to cities where it overlaps with US Airways. In the first quarter, the cut is 22 percent.

  • http://www.tripso.com/author/leocha Charlie Leocha

    There is a big difference. Southwest has redistributed their planes and actually added destinations. USAirways is simply reducing service across the board. A look at the big numbers makes the LCC performance far better than any of the legacy carriers. It makes no difference how you slice the pie, the legacy carriers are carrying a smaller percentage of the overall traffic than ever before.

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  • Frank

    It makes no difference how you slice the pie, the legacy carriers are carrying a smaller percentage of the overall traffic than ever before.
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    I think the pruning is a combination of reducing capacity for the winter and I smell some MERGERS being worked on.

  • Henry

    What the Boston.com blog post doesn’t state is the total number of passengers who boarded flights at Logan in September.

    I agree that the network airlines have retrenched, but this isn’t new. Network airlines have been trimming their route networks since the 2008 fuel crisis began. In Boston, network airlines have cut both their mainline operations and regional flying. Contrast what American and American Eagle offer now versus two or three years ago.

    Boston, by virtue of its geographic location, isn’t really a “hub” city. That makes Boston ripe for the picking. Network airline planners are so focused on the “h” word that if they don’t see hub potential in a city, they appear to just give up. That creates enormous opportunity for airlines like JetBlue, AirTran, Southwest, and Virgin America. Free from the myopic focus that too many network airlines seem to have, LCCs take advantage of service gaps and end up profiting. That’s smart business.

    Still, I wouldn’t say the Boston story has been written. It is possible that a network airline may revisit its Boston service plans. Delta, which bought Northeast in 1972, has traditionally had a large presence at Logan since that merger. Delta has a lot of airplanes — expensive airplanes that have to be paid for. The airline also has a lagr, and beautiful, new terminal at Logan. Similarly, AA has done well at Logan in te past. I guess we should all stay tuned.

  • ElizaD

    Way late on this story. Joe Branatelli had it back in April:

    OPEN CITY: THE BATTLE OF BOSTON/LOGAN
    http://joe.biztravelife.com/09/043009.html

  • Frank

    Henry October 31, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Still, I wouldn’t say the Boston story has been written.
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    NICE POST, Henry.
    I agree. Look at BOS during the 80′s. Also a haven for LCC airlines and Legacy carriers. Remember the likes of…….New York Air and People’s Express, both HAD a big presence in Boston. Today, both LCC’s gone to the graveyard.

  • http://www.tripso.com/author/leocha Charlie Leocha

    Sorry, but these figures were not out in April. Joe may have had another story about coming changes at Boston. This story is based on the latest reported traffic. Besides his story is behind a pay wall.

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