I actually read Bubba's posts when I need to get some sleep, especially overseas. It usually takes 3-4 paragraphs of his normal diatribes.
As far as this Love Field deal goes, I don't know another non slot controlled airport that is willing to turn away competition. Sure, space or gates is a tight commodity sometimes, but one gate? Not one "multi-use" gate? I used to brag that SWA couldn't get into ATL, but there was always the ability to get at least one gate, SWA just wanted MORE back then, and that just wasn't possible. JetBlue and other carriers tried some ATL service, but pulled out when they couldn't expand. DL tried to get the VA gates and expand at Love, but after losing that battle, couldn't even get one multi-use gate other airlines could also try to share? Really? That's NUTS! 5 daily 717 flights to ATL. I bet SWA could have gotten 5 daily 737 flights to MDW from ATL back before the AT merger.
Bye Bye---General Lee
As far as that goes, General, you need to take it up with Flopgut and United--they're the ones holding you back. Your lawyer even accused them of dirty tricks towards you in his letter to the airport.
Hey, why don't you work to eliminate the stupid cap on gates?--that way everyone would have all the gates they want or need.... Right? That would be fantastic!!!!!
P.S. BTW, you're welcome, for Southwest lending you a gate through the end of the year, so you don't screw over your customers holding tickets.