MIflyer12 wrote:WidebodyPTV wrote:[
Alas, it's inaccurate to say (by several people within this thread) that 'AA kicked DL to the curb at DFW.' If it hadn't been for the opportunity created at ATL by EA's demise, DL may have kept capacity stagnant at DFW, and would've been better positioned for growth when the DFW economy exploded post-recession.
Silly revisionist history. EA had been liquidated 13 years before DL closed the DFW hub, even as DL built up CVG. DL could have been adding robust capacity at DFW if it wanted to.
Maybe read more closely.
The narrative goes that DL began a long, slow slide in DFW when EA collapsed, culminating in hub closure much later.
The last DL schedules at DFW looked absolutely desperate to me. Lots of RJ's. Banks with almost all small cities. Few peak 5 pm departures from DFW.
That kind of schedule was typical of the collapsing hub where the carrier was reluctant to pull the plug and instead tried to keep bulk up while investing minimal resources and minimizing losses.
If DL were still truly strong and successful at DFW at that point, it would have flown more mainline, covered the local business times, and served top O&D's.
The fact that DL didn't do so, plus the character of its final DFW schedules, suggest DL would have lost lots of money by adding the capacity you say was possible.