It seems like flyers may never get used to being nickel-and-dimed for basic amenities by low-cost carriers like Spirit Airlines.
The Spirit CEO's vision is for low fares on cramped planes that are clean and run on time. These sort of changes are heavy-lifting for a growing airline and would muffle some complaints but might not be enough to really change the airline's reputation.
With American and Delta increasingly matching Spirit's low fares, Southwest will find it difficult to maintain any low-fare advantage that it still has. Still, Southwest has a lot going for it and its growth opportunities both within the U.S. and internationally are abundant.
Spirit's Baldanza has a lot of respect for Delta's management, and Baldanza and the Spirit model are widely respected within the airline industry. With legacy carriers getting much more aggressive about matching Spirit's fares, the ultra low-cost carrier is definitely feeling it but Baldanza insists that Spirit can take a punch.
Ah, the Golden Age of airline financials may have run its course despite low fuel prices. That was quick.
Spirit is facing substantial competitive pressures over the short term as legacy carriers try to take away its price advantages. A lot of the outcome depends on who blinks first.
American would be turning a blind eye to half of its business if it didn't figure out a more effective way to compete with Spirit and other low-cost carriers.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas saw healthy passenger growth in August, with the largest increases from international flights.