If you're so concerned about how your tax dollars are being used (and who isn't!) then maybe we should get ALL the airlines off the public dole. Of course that would include Southwest. So, I'm for getting rid of public bailouts of failing airlines (and let them fail if that's what happens) and have others who eat at the public trough have to make a go of it on their own.
No more money to American, Delta and United - and no more publicly funded airports. Let's close Love Field and let the big boys live or die on their own. If Southwest is the only one left (and we all know that won't be the case) then so be it. I'm all for free, fair and unfettered competition - so let's have some.
It's the height of hypocracy for Mr. Kelleher to whine, carp and complain about other airlines consuming public money and then turn around and throw a hissy fit about closing Love Field. So, Herb, which one is it: Either airlines DO deserve public money or they DO NOT. You can't have it both ways!
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Southwest CAN fly anywhere it wants - in the entire Unites States - and it can do it TODAY. RIGHT NOW.
Of course, that would mean that the company would have to keep the promises Herb Kelleher made a decade or so ago in which he gave his word to uphold the LOVE FIELD DEVELOPMENT PLANT and to respect the Wright Amendment. I guess it's too much to ask a company like Soutwest to keep a promise made by the chairman.
So, if you want to fly from Dallas to Phoenix all you need to do is go to Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport. Southwest could do it today AND keep Herb Kelleher's promise. As long as Southwest persists in attempting to play "oh-we-forgot" games and spew all sorts of vitriol about Wright, I'll keep donating to Anti-Southest causes, keep petitioning the Mayors of Dallas and Ft.Worth and pushing for the eventual closure of Love Field. After all, that land Love sits on could be put to a LOT better use than as a taxpayer-supported (It's a money loser, folks) "gift" to Southwest.
Y'all afraid of a little competition?
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Interesting that Southwest wants to blog about the airline. I'm mightly skeptical that reasonable comments from the public, about the abysmal service, lowest-quality employees, asinine policies and downright intellectual dishonesty of the company will ever get published. But then again, I'm just basing my perception on how the company has behaved here in Dallas for the last two decades. I;ll be interested in reading about the airline.
As a *very* frequent flier (120,000+ miles per year) I studiously avoid Southwest because every time I've ever set foot near a Southwest counter, employee or airplane I've been amazed that more planes don't end up nose first in the dirt. So, Southwest's competition get's my business and that of my company - and not one single dime has been spent with y'all in nearly a decade.
Maybe, someday, when Southwest learns what honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior are all about you'll see my money again. Until then, you can reach me on every other airline - except this one.
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