Old Apr 13, 05, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by acf573
This spoke has actually already been removed. Now the only way to get to TPE on NW metal is DTW-KIX-TPE. I used to think they removed NRT-TPE due to mainland China pressure, but your post makes me think that maybe it's also due to capacity constraints at NRT. So DTW-KIX-TPE may be a sign of the future. Perhaps they will set up a secondary hub at KIX?
NW tried KIX as a hub--at one point in the late 90s, NW had nonstops from KIX to TPE, MNL, MSP, KUL, KHH (I think), HNL, LAX, and DTW, along with JD codeshares to FUK, NRT, etc! Now, it's just DTW, TPE, and HNL. I guess there just wasn't enough traffic. I do know that KIX has been less busy than predicted anyway, so it may not be NW's fault, just that the market can't support that many flights. Anyone have a guess?
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