The holiday weekend is over and here we are facing the unknown of what fall brings us and the airline industry. Most industry analysts expect a grim season.
Sunday marked the end of our Delta service to Cincinnati. So for the next seven weeks we'll have 11 destinations instead of 12. On October 23 Allegiant begins its new service to Phoenix-Mesa. Assuming nothing else changes, that will put us back to 12 destinations.
Without a doubt, the biggest unknown we face is the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines. Will the merged carrier maintain the four destinations that Delta and Northwest currently provide us? Our best guess is no. If there's a glimmer of hope out there it's the price of oil. This morning a barrel of oil was going for $105. That's the lowest price since April. I tend to be an optimist, but I'm not taking any bets on a continuing slide in oil prices.