DFW-BNA is an outrageously priced market. It is often near $500 with 21 day advance purchase! Also, I think the walkup fare is $1285. With American announcing that they're adopting Delta's fare philosophy, that may shortly no longer be the case...
The walk up fare is $1081 to BNA
and $1018 to Memphis tomorrow. By comparison, the walk up fare is $293 to LAX
, well over a thousand miles further away. AA
unmercifully where there is only other legacy competition.
What everyone doesn't get here is that DFW
doesn't WANT a discount carrier to take up these gates, but must act as if they do. DFW
is in bed with AA
and set the 10 gate offer high because it knew it would be virtually impossible for a LCC to establish such a large operation so fast and keep up with the required flights that are part of the deal.
is undertaking a massive PR
campaign to keep the Wright Ammendment in place, which began with this gem:
's main objective is to paint itself as weaker than it is, and deserving of protection. They'll be able to point to this bogus free gate offer, which is in reality no offer at all, as "proof" that they want greater LCC presence at DFW
, that DFW
still needs protection. They want to imply that WN
is bad for not moving to DFW
, and that the airport is actually trying to protect the interests of the community by attracting competition in DFW
. Don't forget that the new international terminal will be coming on line soon, meaning even more capacity at DFW
knows that AA
is their bread and butter, everything they do is to protect AA
, although they have to hide their motivations. They should give away free gates for ANYONE, not just for those that want to start a hub.
Here's how DFW
plans for this to play out:
is shown as needing continued Wright Ammendment Protection, citing the 'proof' that Delta left and that no one took them up on their 'free gate' offer
's main benefactor, AA
, is protected from increased LCC presence at DFW
, specifically from WN
, which could put AA
out of business if it could get unrestricted flying from Love
3. No one accepts the free gate offer, except maybe AA
Of course, a lot of things could go wrong. One of the funniest things that could happen is if WN
decided to come in, which would be a complete backfire for the AA
dichotomy, who are playing this with the assumption that WN
will never leave Love.
Remember, DFW's main purpose in life is to protect AA.
Don't take everything DFW
says at face value. I have no doubt they could have kept Delta in DFW
with enough incentives - the hub was improving and showing signs of growth.