AUS doesn't currently have the infrastructure for a hub operation, but they have plenty of space to develop it. The airport is well laid out for a future hub operation, they could add a third runway next to the current 12,000 ft one with little to no property acquisition and build several new 30+ gate concourses to the south of the current one, with possibly a southern terminal/entrance in the super long-term (most of this is currently being proposed in the latest master plan). A fourth runway could even be added if they relocate the jail elsewhere and the airport buys the land.
I agree AUS will never be ATL, DFW, IAH or even MSP/DTW. I see it in the 250-350 flight range long term; a bigger SLC mostly serving E/W connections for those in the south central region (as well as intra-Texas connections) and perhaps a secondary Latin America gateway in cooperation with jv partner AM.
you forecast DL at AUS as having...
250-250 QUANTITY of DAILY flights
Just want to be sure I'm reading your prediction correctly.
there is virtually ZERO chance of the latter
But DL NEEDS another hub desperately, they only have the highest net profit out of every airline in the world
. They need a hub in AUS so bad, that they will essentially slow all domestic growth to a halt and deploy all resources in AUS. Forget about their hub in SEA, focus cities in CVG, BOS, RDU, plus their de-facto focus cities in LAS, MCO, IND, e.t.c, what DL really cares about is making AUS a hub, even though they currently have no p2p routes, no long-haul flights, and are just now getting a skyclub.
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