I've thought a lot about this one, 727, and figure it comes down to numbers. What's the least expensive way for WN
to get coast-to-coast access from Dallas?
Launch a legislative campaign to sink the Wright Amendment? If WN
wanted it gone, they could sink it. All they'd have to do is dangle the prospect of service in front of key senators--like they did with Trent Lott and JAN
for the Shelby Amendment--and the WA
would be gone. AA
and Fort Worth could cry and bleat all they'd want, but the WA
would go. But sinking the vile, anticonsumer WA
would cost Southwest political chits and a new station or two someplace they might not have put at the top of their list.
Start a DFW
station? Apparently AirTran got hold of all four gates that just came open in the D terminal, which leads me to think WN
wasn't interested. WN
has lots of cash, and if they had wanted those gates, they'd have had them. With four gates, WN
could have run 40 dailies--enough for nice daily frequencies to say BWI
, and PHX
. Certainly such a station would more than pay for itself. And WN
could stuff AA
and Fort Worth's longtime argument that they can start DFW
service anytime they want, down their corrupt throats.
LoneStarMike or TxAgKuwait, do you know anything about the gate situation at DFW
? Are any more gates there likely to come open soon? The current international gates will presumably be freed up once the new int'l terminal opens, but I can't think of any others.
These are the only two options I can think of; recent events suggest that WN
is not terribly interested in either. Why, I don't know, because they could make a killing with flights to the coasts from the Metroplex; the financial incentive is not lacking. It's hard to imagine the cost of either sinking the WA
or opening a DFW
station would not pay for itself many times over. Thoughts?
But make no mistake, more LCC service will be coming to Dallas in the next few years whether Southwest provides it or not. AirTran's bold recent move signals an end to major LCC's longtime avoidance of confronting AA
is suffering like every other Cartel-network carrier, and their comfy high-fare gouge-plantation at DFW
isn't going to last forever. The question is who will liberate the Metroplex. It's Southwest's prize to win or lose, I think. Right now, AirTran is taking the initiative.