Thursday, December 18, 2014

Southwest vs. United in Houston

United Airlines had a hissy fit last week when the Houston City Council voted verwhelmingly to allow Southwest Airlines to spend $100 million of its own money to build international flight facilities at its Hobby Airport base, which competes with United at Houston's other airport, Bush Intercontinental. United immediately punished its local employees and perhaps its customers and shareholders by promising to cut hundreds of jobs and flights at IAH -- even though Southwest won't be flying internationally from Hobby for at least three years. It takes a lot of gall to make threats against a city's airline service after you've moved the corporate headquarters out of the same city, with a big loss of jobs of its own. But no one ever accused airlines of shyness when it comes to hypocricsy. Read a good story with background on the battle here ....

Southwest vs. United in Houston

United Airlines had a hissy fit last week when the Houston City Council voted verwhelmingly to allow Southwest Airlines to spend $100 million of its own money to build international flight facilities at its Hobby Airport base, which competes with United at Houston's other airport, Bush Intercontinental. United immediately punished its local employees and perhaps its customers and shareholders by promising to cut hundreds of jobs and flights at IAH -- even though Southwest won't be flying internationally from Hobby for at least three years.   It takes a lot of gall to make threats against a city's airline service after you've moved the corporate headquarters out of the same city, with a big loss of jobs of its own. But no one ever accused airlines of shyness when it comes to hypocricsy. Read a good story with background on the battle here ....

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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