Cubsrule wrote:Fargo wrote:jplatts wrote:
DL has Sky Clubs at some airports other than its current hubs or focus cities, including at ORD, DEN, DFW, FLL, IND, JAX, MEM, MIA, MKE, MSY, EWR, PHL, PHX, PDX, SAN, SFO, TPA, and DCA. There is also a DL Sky Club under construction at AUS that is scheduled to open this summer.
I know that DL has Sky Clubs at non hub/focus city airports, but I am saying Nashville getting a 10,000 square foot club is pretty excessive for a non-hub/focus city, unless DL has bigger plans for Nashville long term.
I think, though, that you're ignoring the broader reality of the BNA Sky Club versus many other outstation clubs. The footprint is essentially the same as it was 15 years ago, when BNA was pretty much just another station in the southeast for DL. Relative to the size of the airline/other stations, BNA was actually larger for NW than for DL pre-merger. It was one of the few NW outstations in the non-Florida southeast not outsourced in the 2005 bankruptcy. So, DL added tremendously to its passenger base with the merger but did not add commensurate club space.
Over the next decade, DL effectively expanded numerous outstation clubs through a combination of relocating into NW's larger spaces (e.g. ORD), relocation into other larger spaces (e.g. MKE), and new terminals (e.g. IND, JAX, RDU). BNA needs to catch up.
While I'm not sure of timing (though it won't be next week or likely even next year), DL is going to have a TATL flight at BNA at some point. That's the obvious next legacy TATL flight. That, too, requires club space.
Question though, how big are the Clubs in some of those other large outstations like IND, MKE, etc? Once again, I agree 100% the current club needs to expand, but 6,000-7,000 SF would be more reasonable for a large outstation (I believe RDU is something only like 6,000 SF). 10,000 SF rivals that of some of DL's hubs, do they plan on having more pax coming through due to a future service expansion of some sorts?
Also, I am still wondering where they are going to put this, is this one of the new clubs being constructed as part of the IAB expansion?
Just curious, do you know for a fact that a TATL flight will come to BNA at some point or is that just your educated guess? I struggle to see how they could justify it with ATL so close. I would think LH to FRA would happen before DL to CDG/AMS.