I realize this is entirely insignificant to most of the rest of you, though there’s a Tampa Tribune article today about Tampa Airport’s chief executive eying service from Alaska Airlines and Virgin America (despite the initial screw up of them saying “Alaska Airways” and “Virgin Atlantic” in the article). I’m not sure what kind of a chance there actually is of this happening, though I wasn’t aware that airports could “eye” airlines. I mean, I suppose they can, though it seems like it’s more the airlines doing the research and number crunching, as opposed to the airports. I guess the airport could come up with an especially tempting deal that the airline couldn’t turn down, but that’s the extent of it, as far as I can imagine.
Anyway, I’d certainly welcome more competition.
On a somewhat related note, I’m always fascinated by the economics of once a day service, which Alaska Airlines seems to do a lot of. It amazes me that such a business model is viable, given that they often don’t outsource all of their operations yet don’t have any sort of economies of scale. Just a random side thought.
Hoping to see the Virgin and Eskimo here soon!