The Contrarian View: Why Phoenix Could Become An Even Bigger Hub And LA Could See Big Changes – PlaneBusiness Banter ($Subscription Required$)
This week I joined Holly Hegeman over at PlaneBusiness as a contributing editor. This look at Phoenix was my first piece for the site, and there should be many more in the future. It is a subscription site, so if you don’t subscribe, I highly recommend it. I believe I started subscribing in college and have gladly paid for it every quarter since.
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Congratulations on becoming a contributing editor at PBB. By the way, even though I don’t subscribe, based on what Holly’s written on free sites and some interviews I’ve seen, she seems to be very sharp. By the way, I tend to agree with your conclusion regarding Phoenix, even though many “armchair CEOs” don’t. Living here probably colors my view of course.
I am happy to see you over at PB. Something to be proud of, since Holly is a one of kind “insider” who can objectively analyze the industry from the outside. Her background is impeccable and she can tell incredible stories from back in the day, in the House of Bob Crandall. I just retired after 25 years with AA. I have subscribed for many years and never saw a more accurate picture of what was happening in the business at any given time. A subscription to Plane Business is a must for anyone who wants to go beyond a superficial analysis of the Airline industry.
I don’t have access to the article on PBB, but I agree with the title. PHX could see growth once the merger is complete – the metro area is growing and US/AA would be the number 1 airline at PHX. PHX serves the southwestern US in ways DFW and LAX couldn’t. On the other hand, I think LAX will shrink – it is hyper competitive (a situation US management avoids) and AA has a history of expanding in the west coast then shrinking a few years later (see SJC).
How close it PHX to capacity? How much more could it handle before additional routes (especially by those airlines not named American or Southwest) move over to join the deep discount airlines as Mesa Gateway?
Eric R – I don’t believe Phoenix is anywhere close to capacity.