In an article posted in the Air Tran poised to expand at DFW thread, it noted:
American, 61 times larger than AirTran at D/FW, wants to put a lid on the carrier's expansion while sending a message to other discounters that it will fiercely defend its turf.
Looks like America West got the message, and probably most of the other airlines, too. Good luck to DFW renting all those empty gates.
Here's something to ponder. DFW Airport likes to beat it's chest and trumpet the fact that they have FIVE (count 'em) low fare carriers. AirTran, America West, Frontier, ATA, and Sun Country. Yet when you add up all the daily departures of all those low fare carriers, don't you come up with something around 30 low-fare departures per day? That's a rather meager offering from the so-called economic engine of N. Texas -- an airport that has nonstop service to 132 destinations and handles 57 million passengers per year. And this is from an airport that has been around for 31 years and been protected by the Wright Amendment for 25 of those years.
Meanwhile, over at the insignificant (in the eyes of DFW and Fort Worth) Love Field, an airport that serves a small fractions of the destinations DFW does and an airport that handles 6 million passengers a year one carrier (Southwest) is able to offer 123 daily departures (soon to be 117). What's wrong with this picture?
It's not like like DFW hasn't tried and succeeded in getting low-fare carriers in the past. The problems, once they get here, AA runs them off. The other airlines have been conditioned to stay away.
And DFW loves to whine about Southwest's 97% monopoly over at Love Field. Big Deal. Love Field sees 6 million passenger a year. What about AA's 80% monopoly of 57 million folks using DFW? When you add the two totals together, AA still controls around 76% of the total Dallas-Fort Worth market while Southwest has around 9%. Just who has the monopoly here?