Sorry rivervisual...this may come as a surprise to you, but there's 2,500 miles of land to your west where a lot of folks live. While y'all may take the train, most of the rest of the United States doesn't. So...let me toss another example at you that doesn't use Texas. Back before SWA served MCI
, the round trip fare to STL
(4 hours by car...5
hours by train, if you were lucky enough to need one when they ran) was over $500 on TWA. Southwest brought that down to $162. Bear in mind that SWA is now the exclusive nonstop service provider between the two cities, and the fare remains $162. Or...we could look at MCI
-Chicago - it's a 10 hour drive or a 12 hour train ride. Southwest charges $220 for the round trip.
One of the reasons many of us cite Texas is because everybody seems to think that Southwest caters to the leisure market rather than the business market. Now...there've been a few defections of corporate headquarters in NYC to the city of Dallas, so there MUST be some kind of business going on down there - and I'd hardly call Houston a big time leisure destination. It's also a relatively short flight, so that's why I pick two cities rather close together to illustrate what's wrong with current airline pricing structures. Delta could fill 737 every hour with traffic from Atlanta to Nashville if they'd offer a "business" fare somewhere south of $900.