Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
We all know about the laws at Dallas Love and their operations in Texas. So, what if Southwest paid for the building of an airport in lets say, northwest texas or South New Mexico. how would it be layed out? How many gates? Would it be a "SUPERHUB"? Would they let other airlines in?
I picture it being a superhub with covered parking and multiple concourses. it'd be like ATL or DIA with a ticketing/terminal gates and then "B", "C", and "D"
Terminal would be for all other airlines except for the ones mentioned
B and C would house SW operations
D would hold all regional carriers, American, Frontier, and United, as well as charter airlines.
Each concourse would have 30 gates except T (15) and D (28)
There would be a huge cargo center and also a huge general aviation
BTW... since I always miss milestone posts, this is my UNofficial 1200th post (1194th actually)
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6826 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
Uhhhhhhh why on earth would they do this in the middle of nowhere where no one wants to fly? Why would anyone else want to fly there? Why would you bother when you can fly the planes via airports in cities to which people want to travel?
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1845 times:
Sort of a far fetched question, but not as far fetched as you might think.
If Southwest built an airport....they'd probably build it just up the road from the "Silicon Prairie"...the North Dallas suburbs of Richardson/Plano/Allen/McKinney.
Someplace close enough to Dallas passengers to entice them away from the joy that they get using DFW (HAH!) but outside the city limits of Dallas to evade the wrong Wright amendment.
Several folks at Southwest have always talked about designing a terminal that (a) when you checked your bag, either curbside or at the counter....you put it on a conveyor belt and it ended up planeside or (b) when a ramp agent pulled a bag from the belly of an aircraft he set it on a belt and it went right to the baggage claim area. No tugs, no carts......expedited baggage movement system.
I've also heard of a one-stop checkin process.....and they would like to have done it at the gate rather than the counter. Southwest likes to get people to the gate area. They are less apt to failt to show up at the gate if you check them in at the gate.
Southwest has always wanted to minimize the hassle of getting to and on the plane (when a flight is only 50 minutes, they hate for it to take 2 hrs for you to get there, get parked, and get checked in). Thus you would see a parking garage...a big one....within an easy walk to terminal/check in.
However, you would need to fairly dense population to see Southwest. Not likely to happen in NW Texas (they are already in LBB & AMA) or Southern New Mexico. However, back when the oil field was booming in the late 70s/early 80s and there were as many NM license plates on cars in the parking lots at MAF & LBB as Texas tags....there was some minor thought given to a regional airport serving the cities of hobbs, Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, and possibly Clovis NM....if someplace suitable could be found that everyone would agree to. The most likely place would have been Loco Hills, NM......and the airport was to have been named the Llano Estacado Regional Airport.
I feel like Paul Harvey.....and that's....the rest of the story.
SprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
Why the hell would we let any other airline fly into there? I mean if it was paid for by WN ,etc. it would be a large private facility, Like the ABX Wilmington,OH airport.
Also, there would be an in terminal Wal*Mart, for those last minute gift purchases!
All jetways would be the waste dual jetways,too.
RamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
It would be all CONCRETE!!!!!!!!
They would save money that way too...
no decorations, rugs or cleaning crews needed!!!
lol just kidding ...
I always thought they were more point to point. And that they have hubs but only to support the routes that aren't large enough.
Tiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1627 times:
Why spend the money building an airport? There are plenty of airports in the Metro Area. Meacham pops to mind, they could sink some money there but it appears the property is land locked. Arlington is possibility, with room to expand. But it isn't going to happen. I have never heard the reason why Southwest has limitations on flight destinations out of Love Field.
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