In the post deregulation era, and with the creation of hubs and mega-hubs, airlines rethought their route networks and eliminated many point to point routes. CO
, after the TexasAir merger, decided to focus on its Houston and Denver hubs and LAX
was no longer a priority....CO
also faced lots of competition on its LAX
route, going against UA
Transworld Airlines (USA)">TW so it made sense. Around the same time, United and American greatly increased service into LAX
can be considered a UA
hub I guess) and with deregulation, many airlines, such as US, Republic, Alaska and other larger regionals quickly added service to LAX
was very crowded.
In a similiar move, Western, which had much service out of LAX
restructured its route system and created the SLC
hub, eliminated most service at DEN
and Frontier-1 to fight it out there) and LAX
became nothing more than a WA
"focus city" and gateway for its Mexican and some Hawaiian services.