One of the things I love about the airline business is the intense competition.
And Vinay Bhaskara, who writes for the website, Airchive.com, found something interesting over the weekend in a United Airlines schedule update.
As L.A. Airspace readers know, Delta has been making a push to add West Coast customers by adding a bunch of flights in L.A. and Seattle. United has typically been the market leader among network carriers on the West Coast, with hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. American is generally No. 2.
United added some flights over the weekend that Bhaskara found interesting. Starting in April, United adds two daily flights between Los Angeles and Minneapolis and two daily flights between San Francisco and Atlanta.
Why does this matter? Because Delta is the clear market leader at its fortress hubs in Atlanta and Minneapolis. It’s so powerful at them, in fact, that other carriers generally have somewhat limited schedules to the two airports.
Granted, the four new daily United flights will not hurt Delta’s market share in Atlanta or Minneapolis. But United’s addition could signify that it is prepared to compete with Delta. Bhaskara writes:
The timing of the announcement is interesting because it comes just a few days after Delta announced that it would be adding five (eventually six) daily flights between its Asian gateway at Seattle and San Francisco, a traditionally strong local market for United.