Delta attempting to be #1 in NY

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  1. NYCAdventurer

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    Delta is working to position itself as New York City’s leading carrier, and has made major investments across the tri-state region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. By summer 2012, Delta will be the only carrier operating two hubs in New York - a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport and an international hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Delta and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are partnering on a $1.2 billion project that will enhance and expand Terminal 4 at JFK, creating a state-of-the-art facility for Delta's customers. Delta also is investing more than $100 million to upgrade and enhance its facilities at LaGuardia as it expands.

    http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=18&item=103
     
  2. RRK

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    my only problem with Delta is .... that Delta's upgrade policy, especially internationally is worse than
    United's .... so I will continue to travel via the "Holland Tunnel" and fly out of United's EWR hub.
     
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    Us locals will be thrilled to take the taxes, infrastructure inprovements & tourist dollars without ever stepping foot on one of their planes ....:cool:
     
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  4. harvson3

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    What's the logic of building an international hub at Airport A and a domestic hub at Airport B when transfers between A and B are difficult?

    I must not be cut out to run an airline.
     
  5. USAF_Pride
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    This is DL. All connections happen in ATL!!
     
  6. TravelerRob
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    The article is a little wrong in the "Other Facts" section. They broke ground on the new T4 in 2010, not 2011.

    Oh, and DL being the "city's leading Shuttle product" is self-proclaimed, obviously :) Might as well claim it and then have someone try and dispute it. DL does operate more shuttle service but "leading product"?

    -RM
     
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  7. jbcarioca
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    Have you ever been bankrupt? If not, you're obviously unqualified to run an airline. You might even think the company you run should be consistently profitable, for example. Only by going bankrupt at least once, preferably several times, will you learn the wisdom of spending more than you earn, then Chapter 11 again until you raise more money to waste away again. That is recycling, airline style. If you pay less attention to your budget and splurge more maybe you too can learn to be an airline executive.
     
  8. autolycus

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    It does seem odd at first glance, but when you consider how many large-ish hubs there are in the US that are for all practical purposes domestic-only, it might make sense. There are a whole lot of people who need to make connections within the US, and a hub somewhere like LGA makes sense for a certain segment of that population. Besides that, NYC is such a HUGE air market, that DL may very well be right in taking the gamble that there will be enough O/D traffic at each to support both as hubs. There are currently plenty of flights from JFK to much of the US for DL to have an "international hub" there. It's really LGA that's the gamble. Are there enough people flying domestic into and out of the northeast corridor (including to LGA) to support LGA as a DL hub the same way there are enough people flying to/through PHX on WN. In a few years, we'll have a good idea whether Delta is right to think there are.
     
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    Time will tell if it can work, but I think the idea is that you'll see banks of flights inbound to JFK in time for the international departures and banks outbound after most international arrivals have come in. JFK mostly does TATL and SA international routes, so they can be timed for this to work. The aircraft can do turns to/from other hubs domestically to make the JFK domestic flights work properly. A bigger domestic presence at LGA makes sense for NYC O&D traffic, since locals who find DL's long-haul network at JFK appealing also want a domestic network they can use. The convenience factor of LGA for short domestic trips without needing to connect has to win some people over. JFK-LGA transfers will mostly be restricted to those seeking the elusive low award tickets.
     
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