SW did apply in 1999 according to MAC's website, but it didn't say why they never went through. NBC affiliate in MSP claimed it was NW's fault since NW would simply drive them out eventually.
Sorry AZ, I meant Monopolistic Competition, not a monopoly. Yes, theres lots of other airlines there, but many of whom have been there for a long time. I know AA holds the next largest ammount of gates, then UA, DL, and CO. I know also, AA tried to get gates on the concourse G, where all internationals are and the only non NW carrier on that concourse is Iceland Air (or is Air Canada there?) There may be competition in MSP, but is very slim and I know NW has a pretty sweet deal with MAC.
Any one heard about progress with BMI's application? Can't find anything on the net about it, but I know they applied a few months ago for service from manchester I think.