Falcon84 can perhaps answer this one better than any, but I never thought the battle between Continental and Allegheny/USair/USAirways was much of a fight due to the fact most of their flights were destined to PIT, a major hub a 100nm away.
It was a fight, while it lasted. CO
started to build up the hub in the summer of '97. CO
had 16 daily flights when I started in 1987-no Express flights, only mainline to BUF
, if memory serves. By that fall, I think CO
was up over 60 daily flights. But the time CO
had gotten the hub, around 1990, I believe to about 105 mainline (and by this time, COEX, operated by Britt North then also had around 100 departures daily), US then went in, and, on the mainline side, tried to match CO
virtually market-for-market. US was flying CLE
, even CLE
. About the only markets I don't think they went up against CO
And, as you said, it was the height of illogic, and they finally got smart within 24 months, and disbanded this "hub" in CLE
. I never understood why US, officailly, had like 8 hubs east of the Mississippi at one time, that was in their timetable: DAY
. It made no sense.