AA has a large presence at BNA? I haven't noticed. But then again, I never fly them. However I have been down that concourse a number of times when I've flown SWA to Birmingham and Orlando and other Florida cities. I'd fly SWA more if I could. They're a huge thing for BNA, especially their flights to Florida cities. I'm going to fly them from BNA to Vegas next spring.
I think it's a bit disappointing that Tennessee's congressional delegation has done next to nothing to get the Wright Amendment overturned. Richard Shelby got that done successfully a few years ago for Birmingham. It will expire now in about (how many??? 7-8 years), but in the meantime all those SWA flights will have to go through other cities from BNA. Repealing Wright would have been a really effective way to "stick a finger in AA's eye" after they pulled out of BNA. But I get the sense that Tennessee's senators are absolutely ineffective.
It doesn't help that a majority of Congressional members at the time there was an AA hub here were from Memphis and hated Nashville with a deep, deep passion. So going to bat for something that benefits nashville was a no no. Of course, times have changed and now most politicians from there are gone, or removed from office (LOL), and the leaders are mostly from Nashville and its surrounding areas. But, they remain ineffective. Oh well. Repealling the Wright Amendment would be a HUGE thing for Nashville, but that's not in the cards. The airport knows this and that is why they are banking on cargo traffic and possibly a new hub from another airline like Frontier or something. WN can only take you so far, and with their snails pace speed toward international flights....it isn't helping this airport achieve it's maximum potential. WN was a bridge and a revenue maker in the absense of AA. Airport leaders know this and that is why you are seeing things change out there so quickly.
nashvillewill, a flight to Logan would be easy. But I would rather see flights to places like Des Moines, Little Rock, Omaha, Manchester (NH), and others from here. We already have Boston flights and more flights to NYC than you can count daily. I would like to see some PAX generating flights to smaller cities like thsoe above. Get people here, then move them to where they want to go. Similar to a hub, but just a Focus City. Light a fire under WN's butt!! LOL!!! But I would be happy with a B6 (JetBlue) flight to Boston. Honestly, I don't know why they didn't have them to begin with.
Edited by Lexy, 26 September 2006 - 09:50 PM.