Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2023 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3059 times:
This is something that I have yet to discuss, but it draws a great deal of interest in me. Delta seems to have a HUGE presence in Florida. Flights from ATL to more then 5 Florida destinations incorporate numerous wide body frequency, many 767s. This amount of flights to the Florida destinations is unsurpassed by any other carrier, and certainly is one of the U.S's densest route systems. If you combined all of the seats up between ATL and the Florida cities alone you would have thousands and thousands of seats flying between Florida and ATL alone. So what is going on here? Does DL specialize in offering mass amounts of low fares to Florida or something? Has it always been like this? Or was DL Express operating these routes at one time with extremely high frequency? And maybe this is just an "adaptation" to the market as the Express branch has diminished? I know Atlanta is somewhat known as the capital of the south, and I'm sure theres probably a lot of business relations between these cities, but that doesn't seem to account for all of it. I am really looking for some answers here, I'm looking forward to what all of you have to say. Thanks!
N951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3043 times:
Supply and demand?
Easiest outbound connections for Floridians? Fly one hour north and connect to anywhere in the U.S. and many international destinations. It beats flying all the way to DC or NYC to connect.
Usairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3042 times:
Delta has always been known for offering many flights from ATL-florida. With Delta operating a mega hub at ATL they draw in many connecting paxs who transfer to one of the many flights to florida. At least that is what i have thought for a while.
Delta express never operated from ATL-Florida. DLX strickly focused on Florida-Northeast and bypassed ATL.
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3029 times:
There sre a lot of business ties between ATL and Florida cities. DL flights have a lot of business travellers, a lot of day trippers between ATL and Florida.
The demographics of the flights change remarkably throughout the day. With mostly business travellers in the mornings. Leisure travellers in the late mornings. A lot of senior citizens in the late morning. Europeans and British passengers in the afternoon. Residents, leisure and business travellers in the evenings.
It is IT for DL. The State of Florida contributes at least 25% of revenues to DAL, Inc. At most airports in Florida, DL is the #1 carrier. If not at #1, then it is in the top 3.
The location of the ATL hub makes it ideal for Florida traffic. CLT would be a great #2, but US has abandoned most of FL, and is a shadow of what it once was in terms of market share and flights and cities that it flies to.
Most traffic comes from the Northeastern US. A lot of talk about JB, but DL draws from many airports in the northeast and all 3 airports in NYC, unlike JB that has just JFK and a few cities behind it.
Again, for the MCO crowd, EA flew nonstops from MCO to ATL, BWI, BOS, ORD, CLE, DAB, DTW, FMY, MIA, EWR, LGA, JFK, PHL, PIT, STL, SJU, SRQ, TPA, DCA, and PBI, a total of 46 flights.
Something to remember was that, at that time, MCO was still operating out of the cramped old terminal off of the BeeLine Expressway. I still remember how packed it was the first time I laid eyes on it.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2918 times:
It amazes me how many seats DL puts into FLA. Lots of Widebodies. Not to mention Air Tran on top of that, but according to flytecomm here is a quick rundown of what DL runs into Florida from ATL (mainline only, connection carriers not included, but I know Comair and ASA both add a lot of capacity)
And this is just DL Mainline, just to Florida, and just from ATL. Florida, with its dependence on tourism, relies on air travel very heavily. Imagine what a shell of itself it would be if DL didnt exsist
Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2023 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
U all must admit that this is truely amazing! Atlanta is known as the capitol of the south, DL must have something else that draws the passengers on to those flights... LOW FARES. DL has been nutoriously known to have some pretty low fares in certain markets, and That prolly wouldn't exclude florida. Can anyone get any LOAD FACTORS on the flights??????????????? Thank you guys, I'll continue to check this post, and look forward to hearing more.
YV136C From Venezuela, joined Mar 2003, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
I can tell from my experience that the load factors on these FLL-ATL are very high, especially for not being a particularly high season (End of April, beginning of May). My FLL-ATL flight was completely full (a 764), the flight that arrived from ATL before taking that flight looked very loaded as well. My ATL-FLL (764 as well) was at least at 90%. Of course, fares are dirt cheap as I flew FLL-SFO-FLL for 250 bucks!
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34575 posts, RR: 70
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2783 times:
As a frequent Delta traveler (my perferred carrier is AA, but Delta usually can get me there faster when AA does not fly non-stop), I always say to myself "well, it is the 6am on a Tuesday to Atlanta on a 764, no way it can be full." Wrong! I have never been on an empty flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta, and I am talking about flights mostly on 767-400s. I am flying FLL-ATL on a DL 764 next week, and got the last seat in F on the way up. On the way down in Y, I got one of only two window seats left (everything else was a middle seat). It's crazy how they fill up! MIA-ATL flights are usually not as packed, but fares are much higher and, obviously, yields are greater. Miami-Atlanta is a huge business route.
Strickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
I'm told alot of the widebodies go down to Florida and back just to keep them in use between international hops.
For the 777's in MCO and the few 767-300ER's in various cities, that's true. But the 767-400 is designed especially for the Florida and Hawaii leisure markets as it is in a 36+251 configuration with domestic first class seats instead of BusinessElite. Due to their much higher coach to first class ratio, Delta's 767-400's actually seat more passengers than their 777's.