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GSP In Talks With Southwest

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33975636/ns/local_news-greenville_sc/

Greenville Spartanburg International Airport is still in serious negotiations with Southwest Airlines, despite the company’s decision to start service in Panama City, Fla., according to airport spokeswoman Rosilyn Weston.
“It was never an either or," said Weston.


The number of travelers is down for the second year in a row at GSP, while the price of flights continued to climb. GSP was recently named by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics as one of the most expensive airports in the country. The allure of a prominent, low-cost carrier has never been more appealing according to travelers.
“I hear Southwest, I think cost savings, said Amy Sutter.
“The good news is those talks continue. The door is not closed,” said Weston.
The show-me-the-money approach sealed the deal in Florida. In a partnership that Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly called the first of its kind, St. Joe Co. will subsidize at least the first two years of Southwest's service from Northwest Florida Panama City Airport.
The private real estate developer, St. Joe, will guarantee that Southwest at least breaks even on the Panama City service, but it can terminate the agreement if its payments to Southwest exceed $14 million in the first year or $12 million in the second year. Southwest can end the service if it proves to be a huge flop, Kelly said.
GSP isn’t naming any high rollers willing to offer incentives to land Southwest but it isn’t ruling out the possibility.
“We’re taking it one step at a time. We may come to a similar arrangement like in Florida, but we’re not at that point yet,” said Weston.
She also confirmed the airport has started a dialogue with JetBlue , AirTran, and Frontier Airlines.
“We haven’t put all our eggs in one basket,” said Weston
 

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Believe it or not that entire area of I-85 in SC is expected to grow exponentially by 2025 due to several new manufacturing ventures in the area.

Not to mention metro Atlanta's boom from the failed '96 Olympics is over as several Fortune 500 companies have bailed this decade.
 

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GSP was recently named by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics as one of the most expensive airports in the country. The allure of a prominent, low-cost carrier has never been more appealing according to travelers.

Why not go there, take the incentives and keep the fares relatively high? Just because WN flies there shouldn't mean a guaranteed lowest fare, maybe just a little lower.
 

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I live down the road from the airport.
"The number of travelers is down for the second year in a row at GSP,"
The airport needs to lower their costs in order to attract another carrier. Most folks drive to either CLT or ATL.
 

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GYH should build a terminal, plenty of space for it.
 

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there's nothing there to warrant jet service... sorry
You are correct. Don't come here, it's terrible, stay away. Leave the mountains, lakes, rivers, great weather, low crime to us. Stay where you are...please.
 

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Just think of the "double wide" minded individuals that we can introduce to your community. It will be great job security for local law enforcement!
 

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As I recall, it's a pain in the @ss to get a beer there on Sunday. It's been a few years for me so perhaps the locals have accepted the 20 century...
 

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If there was any kind of demand at all, wouldn't SWA already be there?

Son you're giving us too much credit. We just started service to the largest air market in the gosh dang US of A a couple months ago with LGA.

Our new motto is "Ya'll go ahead, we'll be riiiiight here."

Gup
 

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We can't go there. The last time I overnighted there I didn't make it back to the hotel till the sun was up. Epic, but I just can't do that again.
 

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Southwest will hardly siphon anything off from CLT or ATL.
 
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