No insinuation on my part. Straight up - Herb pulled an underhanded dirty trick to stay at Love field. Or are you trying to tell me that Herb didn't know that all commercial aviation was supposed to move to DFW once it opened?
It was a brilliant move on Herb's part. Yes. Ethical? No.
An "underhanded dirty trick"? Not exactly an unbiased opinion, and one shared primarily only from those favoring the competition. Just because the other carriers wanted a bigger airport for their hub-and-spoke operations, and Southwest didn't, doesn't mean squat.
Again, any airline in the country can fly to/from any public airport in the country. It's not a "dirty trick"; it's the law. What's "underhanded" about an airline making different choices than other airlines?
Whether or not LGA or DCA can actually build new gates is not the point, as I pointed out before. The fact is there are slot limitations, limiting numbers of flights, based on airspace congestion and physical crowding on the airport's perimeter. Building new gates won't increase the number of flights; it just means less haphazard gate usage, and nicer facilities. That's the deal with LGA: a mammoth undertaking to replace the terminal with newer facilities, as the current facility has been described as a "third world airport."Fire up the google machine. DCA's adding additional gates and building a new concourse to the north of the C concourse.
LGA's pretty easy. There's a large area to the north of the Delta Shuttle terminal used for employee parking. You could easily drop a new terminal there. Beyond that, there's eminent domain to Astoria Blvd (or even further if desired) or you could fill in some of the Hudson for additional land area. Again, I did say that it was expensive, but not impossible.
Did you actually look through all of this? The noise difference between a no-WA 20 gate terminal, and a no-WA 32 gate terminal is about 4%. And that was before they adopted noise abatement procedures requiring the west runway during nighttime hours.
Are you really claiming that limiting DFW's exposure to DAL competition had no part in the gate limitation? Seriously? And that claim has no basis in your anti-SWA bias? Every article mentioning the negotiations quoting the principals, support the position that the limit was to mitigate competition with DFW, and that neighbors' noise complaints were addressed with nighttime flight limitations. Even Flop's quoted article, from the Ft Worth newspaper confirms this with quotes from AA's CEO Arpey: