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AA to apply for new Reagan slot to San Antonio

Old May 19, 2024, 10:19 pm
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AA to apply for new Reagan perimeter slot to San Antonio

Five new beyond-perimeter slots have been approved at DCA.

According to this article, AA will apply for a slot to serve SAT.

American Airlines has partnered San Antonio International to start direct flights to Washington, D.C. “With Congress increasing the number of long-distance flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), American is thrilled to announce its intent to apply to serve San Antonio International Airport from DCA,” said American's executive vice president of corporate real estate and chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.
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Old May 20, 2024, 7:23 am
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Given the significant DoD and other USG presence in San Antonio, this would be a welcome addition for SAT as I have to imagine there's no shortage of traffic between the two city pairs.
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Old May 20, 2024, 8:20 am
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Everyone knows that SAN and SAT are the big winners in the slot deal. If we find that SAN and SAT both wind up with one world carriers - all the better.
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Old May 20, 2024, 9:30 am
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From the post above: American Airlines has partnered San Antonio International to start direct flights to Washington, D.C. “With Congress increasing the number of long-distance flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), American is thrilled to announce its intent to apply to serve San Antonio International Airport from DCA,” said American's executive vice president of corporate real estate and chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

I hate that people in the media keep referring to non-stop flights as direct. There is already a direct flight on WN, as WN126 stops in DAL and then continues on to DCA. By definition, that is a direct flight.
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Old May 20, 2024, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by zdcatc12
I hate that people in the media keep referring to non-stop flights as direct. There is already a direct flight on WN, as WN126 stops in DAL and then continues on to DCA. By definition, that is a direct flight.
I hate that people in the industry are often trying to fool travelers by abusing the English language and calling a flight “direct” when there is usually nothing that benefits the traveler compared to a connecting flight. Now, I know that WN is somewhat unique with their “1st stop, no plane change” direct flights, but that’s not the industry norm.
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Old May 20, 2024, 9:52 am
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It's time to do away with this silliness at DCA.

Let IAD float or sink on it's own merits. There's no need to prop it up like NRT had been for decades.
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Old May 20, 2024, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff
I hate that people in the industry are often trying to fool travelers by abusing the English language and calling a flight “direct” when there is usually nothing that benefits the traveler compared to a connecting flight. Now, I know that WN is somewhat unique with their “1st stop, no plane change” direct flights, but that’s not the industry norm.
Well according to George Carlin, even the use of "nonstop" is an abuse of the English language because he insisted that his flight always stop, preferably at the airport.
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Old May 20, 2024, 9:56 am
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Well, I guess that's the final nail in the coffin of AA's strategic perimeter-busting HOU hub with its convenient double daily AUS/SAT - HOU - DCA/LGA MD-80 flights.
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