I heard that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport would luv to add Southwest Airlines. The problem is with Delta and AirTran. They underutilize their gates, but lease more gates than anybody at HJIA. There are also the so-called "generic" gates that practically anyone can use, but Delta, AirTran, and the other airlines use them during peak hours. They are cheap to use, and Atlanta is a cheap airport to land at. Our airport costs more to take off from due to the additional fuel to take off from our altitude, we are one of the highest airports on the East Coast).
HJIA is a 24x7x365.25 airport so theoretically, SWA could use those gates in the middle of the night, but nobody wants those kind of flights. There is also a consensus in the airline industry that fares are competitive in Atlanta. However, I don't buy that information from Delta or AirTran, as they charge for bags and everything else (which equates to $100 a ticket, plus the misery of flying them). Personally, as a college student, I think they are too high. When I was a Disney College Program student in Orlando I loved to fly Southwest. Maybe with the construction of the south gate complex (years to come), this will change. I would luv to see SWA in Atlanta one day.
I have no affiliation with any airline, airport, or airport vendor/merchants.
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