Sort of a far fetched question, but not as far fetched as you might think.
If Southwest built an airport....they'd probably build it just up the road from the "Silicon Prairie"...the North Dallas suburbs of Richardson/Plano/Allen/McKinney.
Someplace close enough to Dallas passengers to entice them away from the joy that they get using DFW
(HAH!) but outside the city limits of Dallas to evade the wrong Wright amendment.
Several folks at Southwest have always talked about designing a terminal that (a) when you checked your bag, either curbside or at the counter....you put it on a conveyor belt and it ended up planeside or (b) when a ramp agent pulled a bag from the belly of an aircraft he set it on a belt and it went right to the baggage claim area. No tugs, no carts......expedited baggage movement system.
I've also heard of a one-stop checkin process.....and they would like to have done it at the gate rather than the counter. Southwest likes to get people to the gate area. They are less apt to failt to show up at the gate if you check them in at the gate.
Southwest has always wanted to minimize the hassle of getting to and on the plane (when a flight is only 50 minutes, they hate for it to take 2 hrs for you to get there, get parked, and get checked in). Thus you would see a parking garage...a big one....within an easy walk to terminal/check in.
However, you would need to fairly dense population to see Southwest. Not likely to happen in NW
Texas (they are already in LBB
) or Southern New Mexico. However, back when the oil field was booming in the late 70s/early 80s and there were as many NM
license plates on cars in the parking lots at MAF
as Texas tags....there was some minor thought given to a regional airport serving the cities of hobbs, Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, and possibly Clovis NM
....if someplace suitable could be found that everyone would agree to. The most likely place would have been Loco Hills, NM
......and the airport was to have been named the Llano Estacado Regional Airport.
I feel like Paul Harvey.....and that's....the rest of the story.