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If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:04 pm

We all know about the laws at Dallas Love and their operations in Texas. So, what if Southwest paid for the building of an airport in lets say, northwest texas or South New Mexico. how would it be layed out? How many gates? Would it be a "SUPERHUB"? Would they let other airlines in?

I picture it being a superhub with covered parking and multiple concourses. it'd be like ATL or DIA with a ticketing/terminal gates and then "B", "C", and "D"
Terminal would be for all other airlines except for the ones mentioned
B and C would house SW operations
D would hold all regional carriers, American, Frontier, and United, as well as charter airlines.

Each concourse would have 30 gates except T (15) and D (28)

There would be a huge cargo center and also a huge general aviation

BTW... since I always miss milestone posts, this is my UNofficial 1200th post (1194th actually)

[Edited 2004-01-07 04:09:21]
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ScottB
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:09 pm

Uhhhhhhh why on earth would they do this in the middle of nowhere where no one wants to fly? Why would anyone else want to fly there? Why would you bother when you can fly the planes via airports in cities to which people want to travel?
 
FLAIRPORT
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:14 pm

because its SOUTHWEST!


DUH!
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StevenUhl777
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:26 pm

Proposed IATA code: TPR (Trailer Park Regional Airport)

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txagkuwait
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:39 pm

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 & AMA) 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 & LBB 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.

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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:41 pm

Well, it's already been established from an earlier post- ya wouldn't need ID !  Big grin I know, that wasn't nice.
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flyf15
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:46 pm

If Southwest built an airport...why would other airlines be flying there?
 
LHR001
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:48 pm

Alamo would be the Rental Car Agent!

Econolodge and Super 8 would have on site hotels!

Greyhound would operate the Ground Transportation!

Mc Donalds and Burger King would have numerous Fast Food outlets!

WalMart would offer shopping outlets!



Come on people... This is Southwest...


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sprxflySWA
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:49 pm

Why the hell would we let any other airline fly into there? I mean if it was paid for by WN ,etc. it would be a large private facility, Like the ABX Wilmington,OH airport.
Also, there would be an in terminal Wal*Mart, for those last minute gift purchases!
All jetways would be the waste dual jetways,too.
 
ramerinianair
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:54 pm

It would be all CONCRETE!!!!!!!!
They would save money that way too...
no decorations, rugs or cleaning crews needed!!!
lol just kidding ...
I always thought they were more point to point. And that they have hubs but only to support the routes that aren't large enough.

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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:59 pm

the reason i said other airlines was to be realistic! Plus, when most of the airlines (excpet for maybe AA and F9) say "your crazy".... get more gate space!
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Paddy
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:58 pm

I don't think it would be financially feasible, certainly not for WN. They would rather just have their quirky Wright Amendment problems at DAL and let the passengers deal with it. Which they do...
 
Tiger119
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RE: If Southwest Built An Airport

Wed Jan 07, 2004 2:56 pm

Why spend the money building an airport? There are plenty of airports in the Metro Area. Meacham pops to mind, they could sink some money there but it appears the property is land locked. Arlington is possibility, with room to expand. But it isn't going to happen. I have never heard the reason why Southwest has limitations on flight destinations out of Love Field.
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