caleeiii wrote:It's great to see AA really building up BHM with so many choices. It's sad to see Delta turn it's back on one of its founding cities.
The situation had changed at BHM and other Southeastern cities with the AA-US merger as there was easier access to more of the AA network from BHM and other Southeastern cities with the CLT, DCA, PHL, and PHX hubs that AA inherited through the AA-US merger along with the hubs that AA already had at DFW, ORD, MIA, LAX, and NYC prior to the AA-US merger.
In addition to the AA CLT hub, AA also has an advantage over DL in the BHM market with the easier access to the Upper Midwest and West that is there from BHM on AA with AA serving its ORD and DFW hubs nonstop from BHM whereas DL doesn't currently serve its MSP and SLC hubs nonstop from BHM.
Connections to the West and most of the Midwest from BHM on DL also require backtracking through ATL, but the proximity of BHM to DL's ATL hub lessens the issue somewhat for connections to destinations that are served nonstop from ATL on DL.
DL also offers connections to other Michigan destinations from BHM through its DTW hub.
DL could add BHM-MSP/SLC nonstop service in order to provide easier access to the Upper Midwest, the Western U.S., and Western Canada from BHM and in order to better compete against AA in the BHM market. BHM-MSP/SLC are both within the range of regional jets as DL had previously operated regional jets on a few routes longer than BHM-SLC such as IAH-LGA and MKE-SEA.