|Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 20):|
IAH is not a good hub for Latin America. It is a great hub (probably the best hub) for Mexico and not a terrible hub for Central America. For the Caribbean and South America, however, it's no good for anyone east of the Mississippi.
|Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 29):|
ATL, while in a superior location compared to IAH for North East-Deep Latam connections, serves a tiny O&D base and relies on connections, which aren't necessarily particularly high yielding. ATL is a stronger market than CLT, but Atlanta ain't no Miami.
again, excellent points.
UA and DL will never be able to match the efficient coverage of both Latin and deep South America like AA with their double-barreled combination of MIA and DFW.
The silver lining for UA and *A is that they have an ace-in-the-hole with CM and PTY. For the markets in the eastern third of the U.S., PTY could offer an excellent alternative to MIA as a connecting point to the Deep South and secondary cities in the region that cannot sustain wide-body/long-haul service from the U.S. CM, with their narrow-body fleet and extensive route map in the region, can fill almost any gap in the UA/*A system that UA can't feasibly do from IAH.
[Edited 2014-08-20 05:12:15]