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Old 06-11-2009, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Hold on to your seats folks: Top airline looks at market here | GreenvilleOnline.com | The Greenville News

Kirven said he thinks the chances are “very good” for attracting Southwest, calling Greenville a unique market at a unique time for the airline.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:07 AM
 
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that is super good news -
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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This calls for a g-man rap:

Shortly after takeoff, first things first
There's soft drinks and coffee to quench your thirst
But if you want another kind of drink, then just holler
Alcoholic beverages will be four dollars
If a monster energy drink is your plan
That'll be three dollars and you get the whole can
We won't take your cash, you gotta pay with plastic
If you have a coupon then that's fantastic
We know you're ready to get to new places
Open up the bench, put away your suitcases
Carry on items go under the seat
In front of you so none of you have things by your feet
If you have a seat on a row with an exit
We're gonna talk to you, so you might as well expect it
You gotta help evacuate in case we need you
If you don't wanna then we're gonna re-seat you
Before we leave, our advice is
Put away your electronic devices
Fasten your seatbelt, then put your trays up
Press the button to make the seatback raise up
Sit back relax have a good time
It's almost time to go, so i'm done with the rhyme
Thank you for the fact that I wasn't ignored
This is Southwest Airlines, welcome aboard
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I just thought maybe you got your newspaper earlier than everyone else.

OK, so this would be amazing, and I actually wrote Southwest a letter (they don't accept e-mail, or at least didn't then) about 4 years ago, asking them to come. Their response was basically that Greenville was on their radar.

The year after Southwest started service at Raleigh, their passenger traffic increased by 24%, and 17% the year after that. Other than Southwest, there is absolutely no reason why RDU should be able to offer lower fares than Greenville, and especially not lower than CLT or ATL. Yet, they do. For example, a trip I'm planning to Pittsburgh in September would cost me $276 out of GSP, $179 from CLT, $192 from ATL, and only $156 on Southwest out of RDU. They're able to compete with these major airports because of Southwest. No major airline or airport gave a crap about Independence, and they sure don't care about competition from Allegiant.

The people involved need to do whatever it takes to make this happen. (period)
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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I just thought maybe you got your newspaper earlier than everyone else.

OK, so this would be amazing, and I actually wrote Southwest a letter (they don't accept e-mail, or at least didn't then) about 4 years ago, asking them to come. Their response was basically that Greenville was on their radar.

The year after Southwest started service at Raleigh, their passenger traffic increased by 24%, and 17% the year after that. Other than Southwest, there is absolutely no reason why RDU should be able to offer lower fares than Greenville, and especially not lower than CLT or ATL. Yet, they do. For example, a trip I'm planning to Pittsburgh in September would cost me $276 out of GSP, $179 from CLT, $192 from ATL, and only $156 on Southwest out of RDU. They're able to compete with these major airports because of Southwest. No major airline or airport gave a crap about Independence, and they sure don't care about competition from Allegiant.

The people involved need to do whatever it takes to make this happen. (period)
forgive my ignorance, rdu?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Raleigh-Durham.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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RDU = airport code for Raleigh Durham airport
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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Raleigh-Durham.
oh, duh, I guess I was assuming it was an airport closer to the greenville area
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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oh, duh, I guess I was assuming it was an airport closer to the greenville area
Just the closest that offers Southwest service.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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Just the closest that offers Southwest service.
Reason #2343 why Southwest would be perfect for GSP.
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