FSDan wrote:questions wrote:SEAflyer97 wrote:DL didn't add more flights because they didn't want to, not because of gate restrictions. Last year alone SEA added flights to HKG on CX, SIN on SQ, and NRT on JL.
Interesting. CX, SQ and JL didn’t care about the international arrivals experience but DL did? What’s the real reason DL hasn’t added more flights?
One thing to consider here is that DL probably has a much higher percentage of passengers who are transiting SEA and heading on to some other U.S. destination. Some JL/CX/SQ travelers may be connecting further on AS, but there are probably many more who are ending their journey in SEA (and may have originated somewhere else in Japan/China/Southeast Asia/India). As such, those carriers probably didn't worry so much about whether their passengers can make a 2 hour connection when deciding to start a new SEA route. DL has more vested interest in the connection experience being pleasant, which is what the opening of the new IAF will help with.
I'm not saying DL couldn't have been a little more creative with the timing of their international arrivals and hub banking in order to open some more international destinations in the short term... just that their stated reason for slowed expansion isn't completely invalid either.