was never operated by Western (it was out of JFK
) and, much to DL
's disappointment, they were never permitted to introduce LGA
after the merger, a major problem for them with respect to the SLC
Secondly, most domestic service operates out of LGA
simply because of supply and demand, most NYC customers prefer LGA
since it is much closer to Manhattan.
Also, the limitations do have a historical-practical background - when jets were first introduced, 707s/720s/880s/DC8s could not use LGA
due to runway length and other operational reasons. The 727s were the first jets at LGA
, and the earlier models did not have adequate range at full payload to fly much further than 1400-1500 miles - thus, the informal limitation. Later, when DC10 and L1011s were introduced, I think (I can be wrong) the weight limitations prevented transcontinental flights, but Denver was possible. Of course, everything changed with 757/767, MD80 and 2nd generation 737s, which had much greater range, and then the formal restrictions came into being.
I cannot remember any routes being discontinued because of this ruling, LGA
is domestic only (plus Canada, Bermuda and Bahamas I think) and DEN
was the only longer haul service. NO transcon ever operated from LGA
, or Las Vegas or Phoenix service (America West also operates from JFK
) - the only sticky issue was SLC
due to WA
, then DL
's hub there.