As for the other markets, I think it's not about serving LAS, but about serving people in the other markets since they want to retain/serve ff even in places they don't have dominating presence.
We are saying the same thing.
As I mentioned, it is similar to CUN & MCO. It's not like DL built up CUN service to serve the local market, as there are not hordes of people from the CUN area trying to get to places like CVG, IND, CMH, e.t.c.
The question I saw posed was whether this is or will be a "hub"? I say no and won't be. MCO at least is a logical point to connect to Latin America and DL doesn't have another hub South of ATL to cover that, but LAS provides nothing from a geography point of view when they are committed to LAX as a hub and as stated, the yields are crap. I think the strategy is more about not connecting. Using it for connecting would turn that on its ear.
MCO is a logical place for connections, except DL has largely avoided using it for connections
I think it is clear that DL wants to build LAS in a way that they can fly from most of the major West Coast markets to LAS. However, there is something interesting going on behind the scenes here:
Here is an excerpt from DL's piece on the announcement of the BOS-LAS flight: https://news.delta.com/delta-adds-50th- ... ting-oct-1
Headline: "Delta's broad service at Las Vegas"
"....Recent Delta service increases include an additional daily flight to San Diego that began in 2017 and Seattle beginning in July 2018 for improved intra-West connectivity. Las Vegas service provides Boston customers with a new and convenient gateway to top intra-west destinations such as San Jose and Orange County, California (SNA)
*Note this doesn't even include WS, AM, KL,VS, or KE flights
But through the map you can see that LAS is well suited for these connecting opportunities. Plus, LAS also allows 1 stop service to AMS, ICN, LHR, MAN, and other int'l destinations, from places like LGB.
Again, I don't believe a hub will happen by any stretch, but a connecting complex has certainly already been somewhat formed.
All in all, the DL network is becoming a very well oiled machine