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Southwest Airlines is considering leaving Seattle-Tacoma Airport and is refusing to begin service at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The decision in both cities has sparked debates over the best use of the communities' airports. All figures 2004:
Total passengers: 28 million
Total aircraft operations: 358,894
Total air cargo (in metric tons): 346,966
Largest carriers: Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines
Top destinations: San Francisco; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; Chicago
Total passengers: 59 million
Total aircraft operations: 804,865
Total air cargo (in metric tons): 818,392
American Airlines executives say they might move their Seattle operation to Boeing Field if rival Southwest Airlines opens that airport to commercial service.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines sent a proposal to the King County Executive's Office late Friday outlining plans to offer 68 flights a day and to build a $150 million terminal with eight gates.
Two airline titans are stirring up an old squabble on Capitol Hill, with lower airfares and more service between Kansas City and Dallas among the potential stakes.