The reason CO
is so successful with their European flights is their high number of O&D passengers into the New York area. Philadelphia, despite its size, is not a large enough market to justify NW
's expansion into that area. Consider also the connecting traffic that would have to be routed to PHL
, and MEM
. Two connections? Not really feasible.
Here's another way to think of it. CO
flies to Asia, but mostly for IAH
. From Las Vegas, a CO
frequent flier is not going to choose LAS
. Although possible, that's not CO
's market. But United will quickly connect that person through SFO
. It's the same with NW
- from the west and midwest, connecting through MSP
is not an issue, but for someone on the east coast, it's not likely they want to backtrack. No airline can please everyone, so they get as many as they can.
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