Who made this announcement? Was it an internal announcememnt to employees only or has this been/will this be reported to the media?
What gates does Southwest currently use at SJC? Don't you already use Gate A-7? When you go to Southwest's website and click on "Airport Information" for SJC, it currently says:
"Gate Information: Southwest Airlines uses gates 2 through 7 which are located on the main level in terminal A."
I haven't gotten the latest timetable from Southwest, so I'm going by the 10/28/2001 flight schedule which shows 74 daily departures out of SJC (M-F). OK... if you have 74 departures and 6 gates now (I'm assuming each Gate only has 1 jetway) that's already 12.34 departures per gate which is stretching it even for Southwest.
How is Southwest going to be able to add 45more departures per day with only 2 new gates?
Thank you for clarifying that for me, SJCguy, but if that's the case, that will still not bring SJC's total operations anywhere near PHX or LAS. You're basically talking about 23 new departures per day. (23 departures + 23 arrivals would be 46 new operations.)
If SJC currently has 74 daily departures (148 total operations per day) and you add 23 new departures that would be 97 departures per day. That would place SJC somewhere between LAX and BNA going by info on Southwest's website regarding their 10 busiest cities.
City / Departures
Phoenix 183 Departures
Las Vegas 170 Departures
Houston Hobby 143 Departures
Baltimore/Washington 134 Departures
Dallas (Love Field) 131 Departures
Oakland 120 Departures
Chicago Midway 119 Departures
Los Angeles (LAX) 114 Departures
Nashville 87 Departures
San Diego 77 Departures
Ordinarily, I wouldn't nit-pick, but when I saw your original post I kind of got excited because on the Southwest board over at USAviation.com, someone started a thread called "Something's Up". The person indicated that Southwest would be hiring lots of new pilots throughout the remainder of the year - enough for about 35 new planes. Everyone was wondering where all these new planes were going to go and HOU, and MCI were some of the guesses.
I was all set to run over there and say maybe SJC, too and mention your post, but now I think I'll wait. (Actually, I don't have a choice right now, because for some reason, every time I've tried to go to USAviation.com today, I've ben redirected to Dellhost.com. Their site must be having technical problems )