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  • equipflyer equipflyer May 20, 2012 12:25 PM Flag

    Why only 5 gates?

    I live in Florida now but prior to that lived in Houston for 20 years and have owned LUV stock since the early 1980's.

    The move for International flights at Hobby is great and long overdue. But what surprises me is why only 5 gates? At their best utilization rate of gates LUV managed 10 flights per gate a day. International flights will most likely not allow that rate of use due to custom requirements. Given the size of Houston, the number of domestic flights into Hobby and anticipated demand it seems any International terminal LUV builds should have a minimum of 10-15 gates.

    The only rationale I can see for the smaller build out is LUV management allowing for the delay of the -800's they recently announced.

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