tphuang wrote:I think people are focusing on the wrong area when they are looking at SEA. DL is clearly very committed there. At the demand is high enough that they can keep adding things back. There are quite a few airports where they only operated from SEA when they pulled things down in April.
People should keep an eye on LGA. Business travel is way down in short haul market out of NYC. All the LCCs are chomping at the bid to get more slots there to operate to leisure spots. I'm not sure how long the slot waivers can last. If they lift the slot waivers in end of October or even early next year, DL is going to have to fly a lot of empty planes around for quite a few months if they want to keep those slots. That to me is a bigger investment than anything they have to commit in SEA. AA's solution to LGA demand is by transferring those slots to JetBlue. I don't know what UA is going to do. But DL definitely has the largest portfolio of slots to keep around. And of course, there is also JFK But I don't think there is as much urgency there as long as they can use their prime time slots.
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