Maybe Houston felt that fares had a chance of dropping if someone challenged UniCALs near monopoly on int'l flying...could have something to do with it...kinda like what happens in DAL
Some Council and local business media types felt that IAH customers were paying too much as compared to MIA. Well, when was the last time MIA got an airport improvement? Are the fares suppose to be the same when one airport is a dump and the other has had improvements?
Additionally, MIA has got a lot of South American carriers flying directly back and forth. Like they would probably prefer to do to compete with SWA, only SWA has stacked the deck against them. Avianca (for example) is a serious airline and I hope they apply for a reciprocal flights to Hobby. If one gate isn't enough, then don't let SWA fly to BOG. That's how it's suppose to work.