What I am saying is that DL may serve the major markets, but there are small cities throughout the country, even within the PNW, that are not served by DL. There are connections, but a hub must serve the small markets within its region, no doubt in my mind. And the major markets have many other options on DL. The point of a hub is to serve distinct connection opportunities. Seattle basically does not do that. It could grow into that, but it is not currently at that level. Also, why should we trust the airlines. Just cuz DL calls it a hub does not mean it is. Everyday, they rip people off and lie to make money because they are greedy corporations. For example, SFO has a similarly terrible domestic connection location, but UA makes up for it with more Asian and Australian destinations, not to mention Hawaii. DL does not offer these options through SEA. It is not their fault, but SEA is capacity-constrained and DL does not dominate there like UA does at SFO.
What routes are you talking about specifically? SFO-XIY? From SEA DL flies to PEK, HKG, ICN, PVG, and NRT. Outside of Chicago, LA, and NYC, SEA and SFO are the only two other cities to have that kind of traffic from one airline (DTW might now that I think about it). edit:I checked, DFW does too with AA, but I think that just proves the rule that airports with 5 or more flights to asia are hubs.
I am not sure what you mean by distinct connection opportunities either. For DL there are plenty of distinct connections through SEA especially from the PNW region and if you mean from other airlines, well there aren't very many airports in the US with only one airline so I don't get that either.
Also, I feel like most people don't have quite the understanding of just how sparsely populated Western North America is. There just plain aren't that many small markets within a 1hr flying time of SEA compared with ATL or DFW or ORD or DTW. Looking at DL's network from SEA, I can't really see more than one or two small PNW markets that DL doesn't serve, can you list any?
And finally you have to come back to SEA is space limited so for every CRJ flight that ties up a gate, you have to give up a 737 to ORD for example. So the fact that DL is flying to a lot of small airports in the region verse just serving the large markets suggest that DL is operating a hub verse a focus city.
Compare SEA and RDU. RDU has flights to non-hub airports like SEA, but none of them are small. Columbus, OH might be the smallest city served from RDU. The other "kinda' small airports are all super O&D heavy (read Florida).
I even mapped them all out on gcmap for you:http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=SEA-ATL%0D ... =wls&DU=mi
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on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
One mile of highway gets you one mile, one mile of runway gets you anywhere.