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Quoting atypical (Reply 48):
MSP is third largest for number of departures...
I misread the article(s) where Bastain said that MSP was Delta's second home as second largest hub....
The article actually says that MSP is projected to become Delta's second largest hub....
Delta’s acquisition of Northwest Airlines left the Twin Cities without a large hometown carrier. It took some administrative jobs to Atlanta, eliminated others and stoked worries about the region’s economic development.
“I acknowledge there was a lot of anxiety post-merger about what was going to happen. But remember it wasn’t just the merger, we did the merger at the bottom of the economic collapse,” Bastian said. “We look at Minneapolis as our second home.”
He added that many companies downsized at that time, but Delta has emerged stronger than it was before the merger and economic downturn.
“The business today is in much better shape than it was pre-merger, not just the quality of the service and quality of the operation but the actual size of the business,” he said.
Delta has invested significantly in its Detroit hub as well, but the airline’s projections show MSP this summer will become Delta’s second-largest hub after Atlanta.
I cannot get the link to the article to post. The article was in the Star Tribune and is titled: Delta's Bastian says MSP at top of list for routes to Tokyo's Haneda