What makes MSP
successful? A great location (perfect for East/West connection - especially among travelers who like to break their travel time up; also notice the big, gaping hole in the region surrounding MSP
's route maps), excellent business travel & a strong flow of lesiure travel. I have mixed feelings about MSP
-- I love the abundant food choices & the history aspect (notice how the G gates are all set-up for B747, a tribute to NW
's heritage) but I hate the vast amount of walking.
/NW merger -- based on the little available information, DTW
would've made the crux of AA
's network, with focus at JFK
was attracted to DTW
's dominance and tremendous business travel. At ORD
, they had no hope of catching UA
/TZ expansion kept bringing down many fares.
are ranked #1 and #2 in "hub premium" by some sources (and no, I have no idea how that's determined). NW
has also been named 'the most expensive airline to fly for short flights' although I don't think that's true (although DTW
-WAS and DTW
fares tend to exceed $300).