The gates are there at MCI
to expand, but it does have n/s service to Florida on Southwest:
1xTPA + 1xWeekly
As for BOS
, several airlines have tried to serve these routes, and they just aren't profitable. I think this is the principle reason for hubs, actually.
I recently did a study on the personal income of certain population centers, and found that while BOS
is a huge metro at over 5,000,000 people, only 1,923,000 are in the labor force.
That means less than 40% of the people living in the Boston GMSA work, while the number nation-wide is closer to 50%. This means that Boston is at a significant disadvantage to other areas when attracting business, including air traffic. Raleigh, OTOH, has a personal income of less than 80% of Kansas City's.
Of course, this doesn't account for total economic impact, but it will seriously affect leisure travel numbers, which account for a significant amount of any airline's revenues.
Just some thoughts on that.
By the way, I'd rather MCI
's extra gates were used by new-entrants like B6
and Independence Air or some other new carrier than to expand service by an existing airline.
By the way, nothing but respect for US's people at MCI. Met some good people while I was there with FL (we shared facilities).
[Edited 2004-06-02 04:53:23]
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