N776AU wrote:catiii wrote:FlyingElvii wrote:The only way to stop the Frequent Flyer dominance in Atlanta is through a second airport, close to the metro. And that will take the Georgia legislature.
The two options are Gwinnett and Paulding. Gwinnett's County Commissioners haven't wanted to commercialize their airport, even when groups like Propeller (who did the PAE commercialization), made a compelling case to do so. Paulding would make the most sense given the amount of growth going in that direction and the population centers around 75 in Cherokee and Cobb, if you added around 2000' to the runway.
The biggest issue with Gwinnett is that there is no room to grow without rerouting some major highways. I wouldn't imagine that's likely given that they just finished that huge project with the overpasses.FlyingElvii wrote:And that will take the Georgia legislature.
Which Delta has bought and paid for. Whatever they want they get.TTailedTiger wrote:Another route handed to DL on a silver platter. I think the WN/FL merger helped Delta more than anyone else. ATL was gutted giving DL free reign to jack the prices up for the locals. AirTran was the only airline to have ever given Delta any meaningful competition.
I miss AirTran so much. As soon as Southwest came forward with their plans for the future, you could tell it was going to be of no benefit to the consumer, even though Clark Howard was on the air the day of the merger announcement practically jacking off to the idea of Southwest in Atlanta.
Maybe I shouldn't be so cynical, but I find it hard not to be.
When WN did the first round of station closures, and ATL lost BMI/EYW/FNT etc, I tagged Clark Howard in the AJC's Twitter post about the news asking how this benefitted the consumer like he said and he blocked me.