Antoli0794 wrote:Fargo wrote:compensateme wrote:
Given DL’s opposition toward further expansion of ATL, one would expect that as certain flight banks reach capacity, DL will shift capacity toward DTW and MSP, where it’s already paying for oodles of capacity it’s not using. In fact, capacity restraints at ATL likely factored into why DL boosted its midday banks at DTW this past summer for the first time since the merger.
Reality is, the economics of the “ATL Superhub” vs. spreading capacity among its hubs would collapse if DL were (indirectly) paying debt servicing toward the estimated ~$10B expansion cost. Especially with interest expenses rising.
That said... with a ton of 321 on order to replace the MD-88/90, and a recession likely in the near future... we’ve got a ways to go before ATL is truly “at capacity.”
I didn't know DL is opposed to the further expansion of ATL, do you have a link or something where it says that? Everything I've heard is grow ATL.
Even if ATL isn't fully "at capacity", there will come a point where it just won't be feasible to expand anymore there. This is where DTW can come and provide a better northern connecting point. Yes, I understand the Detroit economy is not the best at the moment, but after ORD, it is the best geographically positioned airport for E/W flows. Plus, if ORD shows us anything, the surrounding economy does not necessarily have to be the best for the airport to thrive.
Additionally, and I know I'll probably get some angry responses for this....... DL is eventually going to need to choose between DTW and MSP. Given the evolution of their network since the NW merger, it makes no sense today to have two midwest hubs that overlap. While MSP has (arguably) the better economy at the moment, DTW has the better (far superior actually) airport and geography. Therefore, MSP ought to be cut down to a focus city and that capacity should be shifted to bulking up DTW and finish building out SEA (once more gates are built there). What purpose does MSP serve in DL's network that cannot be accomplished by bulking up DTW and SEA?
I also have another thought as to what DL should do, but I won't post it here because it will lead to a ton of angry responses.
DTW only serves better East coast flows. MSP handles west flows and Canada better. That’s why both airport coexist.
DTW and SLC could handle those flows fine.