Down here in MCO, a lot of rumors going around about TPA for next year. Mesa execs have been spotted looking at the MCO hangar. Also rumor has it that DAL has an empty hangar now in TPA. But who knows.
Mesa/Freedom will start with 15 ERJ's in MCO starting around october so far with a second base openning around the end of the year for the remaining 10 to 15. i've heard rumors of Comair reducing the GSO base to ramp up the new JFK base so that may be a possibility for the remaining aircraft.
Anything is possible so maybe MESA will buy Comair. If they do, they'll just keep it separate. If they don't keep it separate, then Comair will eventually take over Mesa and Johnny O will learn that he bit off more than he could chew.