Alex Rodriguez wrote:I see the Pandemic as even more of a reason why WN or others will look to TKI. Its opening a new market. WN just announced service to MIA simply due to chasing new business. Having an airport close enough to capture passengers from the NE DFW Metro or Southern Oklahoma, people who might fly in to stay at Choctaw, the existing and future lakes, I just think the area is ripe for a commercial airport. Pandemic or no. Plus 2025, provided we get past this, is probably when things are back to pre-2020 numbers...
Maybe, but the circumstances are different in a couple ways:
1) MIA is an established airport, and closer to the "core" of South Florida demand. MIA has parking garages, transit, rental cars, PreCheck/Clear, hundreds of shops & restaurants - all the amenities someone would expect of an airport that a major air carrier serves. TKI has basically none of that. You're fighting an uphill battle to convince people to use TKI over DAL/DFW, particularly when it's less convenient for all but a tiny slice of the metroplex.
2) Southwest has planes to spare at the moment, with the drop in business travel and some US states continuing to restrict travel (against all rational logic). I'm sure Southwest route planners looked at overall demand to South Florida along with the addresses of their customers who live there and which hotels passengers booked on the Southwest website and found that there were enough people traveling to/from Miami proper to justify flights to MIA. FLL of course will still have more flights to more places (including a lot of Caribbean destinations which are generally opening back up for tourism), but given that Florida is one of the few major tourist destinations that's still generating demand, it makes sense for Southwest to jump on this opportunity to get into MIA. They did something similar a decade or so ago when they got the opportunity to serve LGA after only serving the NYC area via Islip for so long.