May 19, 2011 4:13 PM by Matt Stafford

Southwest Airlines could become top DIA carrier

DENVER (AP) - An aviation consultant says Southwest Airlines could become Denver International Airport's largest carrier in a year or so as United Airlines juggles its fleet.

Aviation consultant Michael Boyd said United has outsourced many flights to regional airline affiliates.

According to The Denver Post, United and Continental captured about 30 percent of the domestic passenger market in March at Denver International Airport, while Southwest's share stood at 23 percent, up from 17 percent a year ago.

Regional airlines fly a sizable number of flights under the United Express logo.

Boyd predicts that national airline branding will decline in significance over the next decade.



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