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Old Jan 28, 05, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by trixievictoria
I think you got that backwards...the Airports are the Airlines customers...Just look at South West.... who is doing very well with a no hub system...they don't need any particular airport then can shop around....and get the best deal....good business
Oh for heaven's sake. Southwest most certainly has hubs, and they can't just pack up and leave. DAL, HOU, PHX, LAS, LAX, MDW, BNA, BWI, MCI -- those are hubs! The difference between Southwest and the others is that Southwest has lots and lots of hubs, any one of which isn't enourmous, rather than having two or three mega-hubs.

Southwest has pulled out of airports before (DET, SFO, old DEN, BPT and soon IAH), but with the exception of BPT, all those airports no longer exist or have other airports in the same metro area. Legacy airlines and their regional subsidiaries have pulled out of many more airports than that over the years, leaving some of them with no air service at all.

Airlines and their passengers are, without a doubt, customers of the airport.
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