Is this a message to America West to back off on the Midway gates?
I don't think so. Southwest is getting more aircraft next year, somewhere in the range of 20? 73Gs, so expansion/increased frequency was inevitable. Plus Southwest has consistently been adding flights this past year, and PHX
happens to be their 2nd largest city. If you look back at the past press releases from WN
, you'll see the new flights are coming out of LAS
also. Still, one can't help but notice the timing of the release of new service out of MDW
. But overall, I think it's mostly coincidental, although a subliminal message is entirely possible.