Monday, July 6, 2015

Two big airlines' dog fight over Houston's future

United, now the operator of a big (ex-Continental) hub at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Southwest, which has a hub at the older Hobby Airport, are fighting over whether city officials will allow Southwest to invest $100 million at Hobby to set it up for international service to Mexico and the Caribbean. United is threatening to hold off on making improvements at Intercontinental if Southwest gets its way.The two airlines each say their service will do great things for the city and region, and utter chaos and grave financial harm will ensue if the other side wins. The Houston Chronicle has a good story with background on the dispute found here ...

Two big airlines' dog fight over Houston's future

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United, now the operator of a big (ex-Continental) hub at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Southwest, which has a hub at the older Hobby Airport, are fighting over whether city officials will allow Southwest to invest $100 million at Hobby to set it up for international service to Mexico and the Caribbean. United is threatening to hold off on making improvements at Intercontinental if Southwest gets its way.The two airlines each say their service will do great things for the city and region, and utter chaos and grave financial harm will ensue if the other side wins. The Houston Chronicle has a good story with background on the dispute found here ...

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