Southwest bid to start international flights blocked by United

Victoria
By Victoria May 4, 2012 16:18

Southwest bid to start international flights blocked by United

United Airlines has moved to block Southwest Airlines plans to launch international flights from Hobby Airport. A study released by United seeks to discredit a study issued by Southwest and the city that states the benefits of Southwest beginning international flights from the city

United’s study, however, claims that splitting international air service would cost 3700 jobs and $295 million in economic loss. United’s largest hub is at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), where it wants all international traffic to stay.

“United has always welcomed competition, and Southwest is trying to make this a United vs. Southwest story when it’s really a Houston vs. Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte story. If they’re (Southwest) going to benefit from the international market, put their flights at IAH and provide support for that hub,” said Brian Znotins, United Airlines Managing Director of International Planning.

Victoria
By Victoria May 4, 2012 16:18
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