Yesterday Chris wrote: Delta Officially Crowns Boston (BOS) a Hub; Names Several “Focus Cities”. Some of the info was brand new news, some was out but not so clearly stated by Delta. In the comments section of the post reader Bobby J asked me for my thoughts on this topic:
“I can’t help but think with Delta building out their BOS and SEA hubs that it’s only a matter of time before DTW loses its status as a hub (it’s already started playing second fiddle in the Midwest to MSP). “
I think it is a fair question because nothing is “sacred” if you will to Delta. Just ask those in Memphis MEM or Cincinnati CVG (now again a focus city) that once were powerhouse Delta / Northwest hubs. Reading an old June 6th 2013 Centreforaviation.com post is quite interesting today. So is it possible Detroit’s DTW will one day suffer the same fate?
I doubt it (for now and a long time to come). Here is why.
MetroAirport.com posted early this year that “Detroit Metropolitan Airport ends 2018 with an increase of half a million passengers” and that is after being modestly up the year before as well. While I have not deep dived into takeoffs and landings etc. it does seem that traffic is at least holding year after year at similar levels.
Now all of those numbers are not all Delta. WOW airlines was part of that 2018 increase and they are now defunct. Sure not a major impact but an impact nonetheless on numbers and numbers matter for an airport year after year (again, just ask MEM and CVG).
Let’s not forget that Delta has been upgrading the Delta Sky Clubs in DTW and expect much more in the future. After seeing what is possible with the simply stunning opening of the Austin AUS Sky Club it would be grand to see an amazing new club in DTW one day.
The amazing A350 launch flight that I was on was out of DTW and that is still the base for the jet (DTW as the home for the 747 in the past).
While it is really sad that Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to/from DTW, they have expanded flights with other Skyteam partners AeroMexico and Air France.
CLEAR security (amazing btw and a must have) was quickly brought to DTW and works very well either with or without TSA PreCheck (better with).
There are very few cities Delta has Porsche special service folks to run you from gate to gate as an elite. This screams DTW is a HUB for Delta.
Inside the main Delta A terminal itself they have added a ton of new restaurants and refreshed any number of bits inside the concourse.
Bottom line is this Bobby, at least to me, DTW is doing very well and is in no risk of being downgraded by Delta. Could that change one day? Sure, but I think that day is a very long way off. Agree? – René