In comparing American's presence at LAX with its presence at JFK, the latter benefits from domination on the JFK-London Heathrow route, the top international route from the U.S., with 2.7 million passengers in 2012. (LAX-Heathrow, the second-busiest route, had 1.4 million passengers). At LAX, Mann said, "American faces the same issues as it does at JFK, albeit without the JFK-Heathrow goldmine funding much of it."
Nevertheless, he said: "With the right amounts of regional, mainline domestic and international flying, American could carve out AA/Oneworld shares that pass for more than a fair share of a fragmented gateway. It doesn't have to be a United/Newark Airport scenario," where a single airline dominates a global gateway. "It's never likely to be that."
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