|Quoting TxAgKuwait (Reply 7):|
Southwest doesn't schedule based on connecting traffic, those opportunities just happen.
Which, to me at least, is identified by the unofficial term "incidental hub." Which carries a very different meaning from the grossly inefficient high cost banked
hubs of the legacies which the same seem determined to take to the proverbial grave with them. Though Southwest has what might be considered incidental
hubs -- where connection possibilities "just happen" -- they have nothing that even remotely resembles the banked
of the legacies.
, in fact, began its life as Delta's hub by their observation that connecting opportunities "just happen" when an airline has numerous flights to, from and through a particular airport. As always, leave it to the legacies to take a good idea and ruin it with excesses, such as making aircraft utilization and operational efficiencies captive to the need to schedule flights to arrive and depart in droves from an airport at the same times. Beside inviting congestion and delays, facilities and staff are pushed to their limits (and often beyond) for 1-2 hours at several intervals each day, while the same facilities become virtually deserted at other daytime
hours. Not how it started for DL
or fill in the blanks with any legacy and their hub(s) but what it was allowed to become by typical legacy management who seem forever inclined to turn a sound idea into a self-defeating monstrosity -- sort'a like the person who mistakenly assumes that if taking one
aspirin every four hours has good results, taking ten
every four hours will be even better, which, of course, is anything but true in the long run.
So far, at least, it seems that Southwest has no inclinations toward creating anything resembling a banked
hub. None other than Southwest's current CEO has even stated clearly that they prefer as much as possible to take pax from point A to point B non-stop or at least direct (same
aircraft making one or more stops in going from A to B), for at least three very simple reasons: customers prefer to go non-stop, it costs less to carry pax on one flight, and it costs considerably more to take pax between A and B on two flights.
This, hopefully will help clear up some of the confusion over semantics. The "hubs" of Southwest are indeed so worlds apart from the hubs of the legacies as to question whether the same term can correctly be used for both. When referring to "Southwest's hubs," it is only proper to add the adjective "incidental" to differentiate their operations from the very different "banked" hubs of the legacies.