Gulfstream500 wrote:greenair727 wrote:^WN needs more space. DL needs more space. Other than a full re-do of Concourse D, would it make sense for either WN or DL to move to BKL? Either airline would have almost the entire terminal, with the exception of Utlimate Air. When WN first came to Cleveland, they were initially planning to go to Burke and not Hopkins.
Neither airline will move to Lakefront. WN has already made efforts to consolidate to CLE by cutting CAK, and DL simply does not use secondary airports in primary destinations. Not to mention that there probably is no TSA at BKL...
There's a massive shortage of gates at CLE, so once UA's lease on concourse D is up, I think that it will be dedicated to WN's operations (especially given that the concourse can handle all of the Boeing 737s and nothing larger).
Had UA given up concourse D from the start (before all of the ULCCs came in), WN probably would have set up an operation in CLE, similar to what they have in MKE, resulting in them carrying 1/3 of the CLE passengers instead of 1/5 of the passengers. We'll just have to see what happens after UA is forced to stop hoarding gates to keep fares high.
I don't think anyone predicted that just a few years after the dehubbing, that even with UA giving up half of Concourse C to American that we would have a gate shortage. Everyone, and I mean everyone, on this website predicted that CLE would be the next stagnant former hub. I hate giving them too much credit because they add and drop things so frequently, but Frontier really stuck their neck out with CLE and it helped spark a nice rejuvenation in O&D.
I really like WN, and I hate Concourse B, so the thought of D being a WN exclusive concourse is really appealing to me. They've had to do something about the back side with the prop hard stands though. I do think we will see D in use again someday, it would be impossibly stupid to let it rot away for eternity, and I don't think we have the political willpower to build a new terminal or to move rental cars back on site (even if the stupid CLE.com commenters would love D to be bulldozed for just that purpose).