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Delta Air Lines Adds Los Angeles – San Antonio

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Delta Air Lines Adds Los Angeles – San Antonio

Delta Air Lines Adds Los Angeles – San Antonio
September 10
14:22 2014

MIAMI — Delta Air Lines will fly between Los Angeles and San Antonio next year, with twice daily flights beginning April 7, 2015. The new route will be operated by Delta Connection partner Compass Airlines using a 76-seat Embraer E175 ( 12F / 12Y+ / 52Y ), with flight schedules as follow:

DL 5720 ~~ LAX – SAT ~~ D: 1055 A: 1555 ~~ Daily
DL 5722 ~~ LAX – SAT ~~ D: 1845 A: 2345 ~~ Daily

DL 5723 ~~ SAT – LAX ~~ D: 0805 A: 0935 ~~ Daily
DL 5720 ~~ SAT – LAX ~~ D: 1630 A: 1800 ~~ Daily

San Antonio will become the 57th destination for Delta at Los Angeles (LAX), which has steadily grown to become a bona-fide hub for the Atlanta-based airline. While the core of its network remains fortress hubs such as Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis St. Paul, Delta has increasingly concentrated resources and growth in the competitive markets of New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Seattle is being developed to create a West Coast Asian gateway for Delta that matches United in San Francisco, but expansion in both New York and Los Angeles is aimed at boosting Delta’s share of lucrative corporate travel contracts (for which New York and Los Angeles are often the two most important bases). While competitive pressure on its push to “Win New York” is limited by slot and capacity restrictions at the primary New York airports, its growth ambitions in Los Angeles have placed it into direct conflict with its three primary rivals: Fort Worth-based American Airlines, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, and Chicago-based United Airlines. In fact, the competing service on Los Angeles – San Antonio is a microcosm of competition in the LAX market as a whole.

Earlier this year, American announced plans to launch twice daily service to San Antonio from LAX, with flights beginning October 2, 2014 on 65-seat Bombardier CRJ-700s ( 9F / 56Y ). Southwest Airlines has operated Los Angeles – San Antonio for years, as has legacy United. Southwest has one of its largest domestic operations at Los Angeles and a large operation in San Antonio owing to its Texas roots, while United uses the route to feed its moderately-sized connecting complex at LAX. Both carriers fly the route twice per day (Southwest with Boeing 737-700s and United with CRJ-700s), bringing total frequency on the route to eight flights per day, double the present figure. Total capacity on the route will increase by 67.3% as a result of Delta and American’s additions.

Such four-way competition is increasingly competition on routes at LAX, which is a hub or focus operation for six different airlines listed below with a comparison of peak-day departures next summer for each airline

Alaska – 42
American – 169
Delta – 151
Southwest – 114
United – 191
Virgin America – 39

As we noted in our analysis of Delta’s new service to Boise and Austin earlier this year, we expect the competition at LAX to continue to accelerate, with Delta in particular adding destinations to increase its relevance to Los Angeles-based frequent flyers. San Antonio is actually one of the smaller origin and destination (O&D) markets not served by Delta at LAX, with fewer than 300 passengers per day each way (PDEW), while the capacity on offer will be 698 seats PDEW. Even with market stimulation due to expanded nonstop service, all four airlines will have to leverage the growing strength of their connecting complexes at LAX to make the route viable.

 

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Vinay Bhaskara

Vinay Bhaskara

Senior Business Analyst, Big Airline Enthusiast, Avid Airport Connoisseur, Frequent Flyer, Globetrotter. I Miss Northwest Airlines Every Day. vinay@airwaysmag.com @TheABVinay

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