|Quoting AAIL86 (Reply 4):|
I wonder if WN at some point pushes futher and requests the abillity to fly to Mexico from Love
|Quoting alggag (Reply 6):|
Maybe, but the next battleground will probably be to get the gate limit removed.
Don't hold your breath and wait for Southwest to do either. Quite the contrary, I expect Southwest to remain very quiet for years to come about the current DAL
setup. Any change they propose and other carriers will jump in and request their piece. There's no doubt that if new gates are ever built at DAL
, Southwest will be last in line to get any, after every other carrier has had a chance to grab them...
Yes. Southwest can bring more competition at DFW
tomorrow, but that would mean more competition at DAL
, and Southwest isn't too keen on that...
|Quoting Josh32121 (Reply 80):|
I don't know the specifics, but there was some provision of the Wright Amendment that said WN or any wholly-owned subsidiary could not serve DFW in exchange for WN keeping control of most of the gates at DAL. When WN bought FL, they had to discontinue FL's services to DFW because FL had become a subsidiary of WN:
When Southwest bought AirTran, they chose
to discontinue service to DFW
because they like their dominant position at DAL
and didn't want to give up gates for new entrants, but that is certainly not how Southwest would choose to spin it. They tried to have their cake and eat it too for several months, but eventually the mayor of Ft Worth stepped in and told Southwest to hurry up and leave DFW
or give up gates at DAL
|Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 88):|
Periodically, Fort Worth Meacham gets thrown into the conversations.
I don't have the text of the repeal agreement with me on the road, but I do remember there being a paragraph about the cities of Ft Worth and Dallas promising not to help any carrier wanting to start service at any airport other than DAL
. They can't actively block them, of course, but forget about any kind of assistance beyond the minimum required (eg no incentive, reduced fees to start operations, etc...).