Rumorboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 356 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4216 times:
AirTran will take four gates at D/FW
12:09 PM CDT on Thursday, September 4, 2003
By ERIC TORBENSON and DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News
AirTran Airways is the "mystery" airline that will soon take four gates at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
D/FW officials revealed Thursday that the Orlando-based low-fare carrier would move from its current one gate at Terminal E to four gates on Terminal B. AirTran flies to Atlanta and has announced new service from D/FW to Orlando and Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
The gates could mean even more service for D/FW, and it would be bad news for Fort Worth-based American Airlines Inc. and for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc, which both operate a hub here. AirTran already competes fiercely with Delta in Atlanta, and any additional routes it adds here will mean lower overall prices for fliers. AirTran has much lower last-minute fares than larger carriers like American and Delta.
Airport officials said Thursday that AirTran intends to fly to additional cities, but would start with 24 flights a day to the three cities it serves or has announced it will serve this fall. The move will increase traffic at D/FW by more than 1 percent and add more than $20 million in additional revenue from fees and concessions, officials said.
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Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4051 times:
Always shake my head when I see the worn-out line that service by a LCC from an airport dominated by high cost airlines is "bad news" for the latter, in this case AirTran's expansion at DFW being a dreaded event for AA and DL.
What's happening in reality is that FL is doing little or nothing more than to pick up traffic that AA and DL have forfeited by their own choosing. How is that bad news for AA and DL? Guess it could only be spun that way if one really means to say that AA and DL have been foiled again (if only in some small way) -- by a LCC -- in their never-ending efforts to manipulate markets so consumers have no choice but to subsidize their convoluted high-cost business models. If that is "bad news" I hope there is even more bad news to come!
Delta767-400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 228 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3843 times:
"We love American and they will remain number one at D/FW," said Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, an airport board member.
Funny quote I say its more like Dallas is AA bitch (can I say that??), but anyway I don't think the deal will do much harm AA but I do think and hope it brings much need fare decreases to the Dallas market.
Over the past two years flights to cities such as LAS,MIA,JFK,BOS, and even PHX have gone up higher then the normal, and I think that over time FL or any new entrant to the market can bring the prices to a more normal level.
Usairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3544 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
Kohflot: As much as that sounds like a deceptive thing for Airtran to do, i highly doubt that is the case. Airtran loves to stack as many flights at a gate as possible. If they only operate 12 flights then thats 3 flights a gate, they could easily get 6 or 7 flights a gate if they wanted to and therefore have at least a total of 30 flights.
my hunch is that they'll add a few east-coast destinations and a few west-coast destinations for a total of mabye 8 or 9 destinations.
Ideally i'd like to see the following happen, but this is just my opinion and could be far from what really takes place.
WorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
while none of these are WN routes from DAL, FL is very much running in pastures frequented by WN - who might decide that FL is getting a little closer to their territory than is comfortable. just a thought but it seems like FL is targeting very similar routes to WN in cities where they overlap.
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3524 times:
This is good news for sure. And only a start. I am sure we'll see a lot more in the not too distant future. I hope AirTran can sustain their expansion plans and remain profitable for more than just the short term.
I guess this means that we'll have to wait indefinitely for Jetblue eh? DFW is ripe for some "real" competition. I am glad we are going to have one more option with AirTran on more than just one route.
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
Ok - so I'm not disagreeing with the Dallas Morning News. But, just yesterday, Thursday Sept 4, I was in DFW, and was speaking with one of our ops supervisors, and asked about add'l gates. She said that, yes, they had planned on getting "two" gates at B, but that it had fallen through. She then went on to say that they would be flying all departures from the one gate on E, while trying to get a second gate there (which, honestly sounds more like AirTran to me....)
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5887 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3434 times:
The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that AirTran will get the use of B13-B16. I thought those were currently the Continental and America West gates. Is that correct? http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/6691438.htm
The Dallas Business Journal is also reporting the story but I don't see the press release yet at the airport site.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3372 times:
This may be a little ways off, but how many gates will be freed up in terminal B when the new international terminal comes online in 2005? That would be very intersting. AirTran might just be positioning themselves for a shot at those as well. If their expansion at DFW is successful, it could be a very intersting 2 years leading up to the international terminal opening.
Ti717 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3347 times:
Solair does. It a bad righting job. It should be Solair and Charters
The full version of the article in the DMN talk about expand for Airtran when D opens. But I thinking it will only be on or two more gates if that. Looking at the 2004 plan when D opens the gates B31-39 (6 gates) will only have Frontier. Notice that HP does have two full gates to themselves. Currently they have to share.
Sir, don't you think we should turn on the runway lights?" "No, that's just what there expecting us to do!"