Taking off from Rochester could become cheaper when Southwest arrives at the Greater Rochester International Airport in April of 2013. More competition means lower fares, "that's what people want, definitely," says Leon Deutsch, who travels out of the airport. Fellow traveler Carol Cicala agrees, "it would be nice to save some money."
The county says six percent of travelers head to Buffalo for lower fares. Mary Cizuk says her relatives have done that, but it's inconvenient, "I have relatives who fly from Texas to Buffalo for the Holidays," says Cizuk, "so someone has to go, in the snow storm, hopefully there isn't one, but possibly a snow storm, to pick them up and bring them back."
The goal is to keep them here in Rochester with the savings. Officials hope the airline will add new destinations. Some of the most requested routes are out west, Chicago and Denver. Travelers like the idea, "definitely, yes, especially you know going out towards California and those areas," said Deutsch. Mark Hopkins, who also travels, agrees, "its good for the local economy and for the businesses that want to relocate here."
Travelers say Southwest is a welcome addition, "definitely interested, it would be nice to have some competition," said Rick Bulmer. Chizuk agrees, "I think having Southwest here having more competition, having a busier air terminal is good for Rochester."
Travelers also say the airline's customer service and low baggage fees are a big plus.