In the late 1990s, NW
mentioned interest in the following routes ex-DTW
existing flights: NRT
interest: second NRT
existing flights: 4xAMS (later operated as 5x), 2xLGW, CDG
(*some may have been seasonal)
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Of course, the old NW
terminal at DTW
couldn't handle more flights than what they were operating... the airline could only handle two simultaneous B744 departures (three but it cut use of two more gates) -- but that added ~1200 people in the F satellite, which was built to accomodate maybe 400. Widebody gates at the old DTW
were extremely limited, as was the Barry International terminal...
There was once a proposal in the early 1990s to built a permanent regional concourse (G was always temp.) and build a new 10-12 gate international terminal where G was... they also talked about the WorldGateway then... since DTW
's international expansion in the late 1990s, and focus was on 'what will become when we have our new terminal,' one wonders if they'd be a larger international player had they went with the new international terminal...