Hey Eastern! Here's your proof! This wasn't the Dulles bulletin I found (a news article rather).
Wednesday May 19, 2:40 pm Eastern Time
USAirways blasts United's push at Dulles hub
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 19 (Reuters) - USAirways Group Chairman Stephen Wolf on
Wednesday said UAL Corp's United Airlines is trying to force its smaller rival out of Dulles
International Airport in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
Wolf, responding to a question during the company's annual meeting, said a push by United
to increase hub operations at Dulles by 60 percent has led to a 200 percent increase in
capacity in routes USAirways serves from the airport.
``There's no economic justification for that, except they intend to drive us out of the market,'' he said.
Wolf's comments came amid growing industry concerns over an antitrust lawsuit alleging American Airlines used predatory
pricing to force rivals out of its hub Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
American, a unit of Fort Worth-based AMR Corp (NYSE:AMR - news) has denied the charges.
United on May 5 said it had boosted its hourly service between Dulles and New York's Laguardia Airport to 16 daily flights
from 11 in February as part of a push to increase hub operations at Dulles by 60 percent.
A spokesman for Chicago-based United said the airline, the nation's largest, is focused on expanding its East Coast operations.
Dulles is United's gateway airport to Europe, and a feeder airline, Atlantic Coast, is based there.
``What we're trying to do is strengthen our presence in the East Coast, and the logical way to do that is add flights at Dulles,''
spokesman Joe Hopkins said.
Located in the rolling Virginia hills outside Washington, Dulles has become increasingly attractive, generating increased business
travel due to a boom in high technology companies. Dulles is home to America Online (NYSE:AOL - news), among others.
Source: Yahoo Business News
I think USAirways putting the blame on driving smaller carriers out of IAD(AirTran) on United is a bunch of bullcrap. As I stated in my first post, United and AirTran went okay at Dulles.
One more thing Eastern, it should be USAirways that should be worried at Dulles! Dulles is a mega-hub for United and they will drop a 500 ton weight on USAirways and MetroJet at Dulles if they continue to compete there.