DTW/ORD Fan! From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2147 times:
Ok, besides Northwest and Spirit, what airlines are going to expand in the short, or long term future at DTW?? I have heard rumors of Southwest, and United wanting to expand when the old Davey terminal is done, but is there any credit to it? Does anyone have any good info?
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2099 times:
DFW or DTW UALPHLCS?
I have read several times that Southwest wants to increase service at DTW even before the Davey is done being rebuilt. Plus with Spirit moved to Concourse C doesn't Southwest have Spirits old gates at A along with the ones it already had.
I haven't heard anything really credible yet other than that Detroit hopes to attract more carriers with the new terminal as quoted in the Detroit Metro Airport newspaper. I would like to see some more low fare carriers come in. Unfortunately there isn't room for Frontier with UAL, NW and Spirit serving the Denver-DTW route. I would like to see Air Tran fly direct to MCO being that the only carriers that fly to MCO direct are both Detroit hubbed- Spirit and NW.
I have heard for a couple years that National and Jet Blue both want to serve Detroit but I have yet to see either here. Jet Blue might wind up going to Flint instead although the only two carriers that I can think of that fly DTW-JFK are NW and ASA.
I do have some insider info though on what may happen to the current Smith terminal once the Davey is rebuilt. One proposal is to add 20 gates onto the Davey for additional domestic service, the other proposal is a new international terminal (non Northwest) to attract other carriers, but that won't be till about 2010 at least.
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
Everyone at the airport is talking about UA moving to RJ's on the ORD route, but the schedules haven't reflected that change yet.
Starting in June, A.Eagle will add another LGA flight, departure at 7:30p. (I doubt it will leave on-time though). Then again, AA/AE will go through two schedule changes in June.. June 1 and 15. AA has already had one major shift in flights last month, looks like another may be coming.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7836 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
At least in the short-term no one is really going to be expanding at DTW. Just because there is more gate space doesn't mean the carriers will use it unless they feel they have the demand.
Spirit is the only carrier really increasing service. Everyone else is still trying to return to pre-9/11 service levels. DTW is still very heavy into NW, look at nearly the similar situation up at MSP. I mean, no one is going to start a second-hub operation at DTW, seriously. If anything more frequencies to their hub cities. Everyone is speculation more of the so-called "low fare" carriers will show up. Likely if they keep expanding at the rate they are, but also keep in mind they are going to put the resources where they can best make money. WN isn't going to make a hub at DTW, we all know that, so obviously they won't have trans-cons from DTW. The biggest market for the low-fares is points South, where Spirit & Champion are focussing on. AirTran could come in, but who knows what they are up to, considering the just pulled out of TOL, but they do serve FNT. CO won't increase service in DTW with the NW alliance.
Keep in mind, notice how the low-fare carriers never really compete against each other?? You can see that in action out at DTW.
This isn't really a growth year in the airline industry, its a rebuilding year.