|Quoting EricR (Reply 107):|
Let's be clear here. While CVG was down from its peak of 600 daily flights from 2005, the CVG hub was still a full fledged, 300+ daily flight hub when the merger with NW was announced in 2008. Post merger it was eliminated as a hub due to its redundancy with DTW.
peaked at nearly 650 daily departures, shortly after DL
closed what was left of its DFW
hub. Operations were gradually reduced, beginning in DL
's bankruptcy. At the time of the merger, CVG
had lost about half its operations; after the "fuel crisis" of summer 2008, further reductions were imposed, bringing CVG
to about 250 flights around the time of the merger's close. Further cuts were announced in 2009, as a derivative of the soft economy and the redundancies with DTW
, and CVG
dropped to about 175 flights. Five years later, it stands just above 100 but remains a hub.
None of this changes my point, which is that CVG
heavily declined before the merger was announced/closed, mainly as a derivative of its lacking local market. DL
had tried several times (SimpliFares) to fix it unsuccessfully... I'm merely countering a point that no hub was shuttered due to lacking local traffic. That's just false.
We don’t care what your next flight is.