Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2590 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
I was thinking today about how flights operate every day, around the world, with various airlines between various pointsd carrying thousands of people a day, but how is it that so many people need to travel everyday? Does anybody find it odd that everyday there are enough people who might need to go from say LAX-MSP on NW, or LAX-IAH on CO for the airlines to make a profit?
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2055 posts, RR: 37 Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1721 times:
Well, you specified those two routes and those make perfect examples of my point. Those LAX passengers are not ending in either one of those cities, probably making a convenient connection to something like ALB, CMH, GRR, FNT, MCI, LGA you name it.....those people make it possible for the 6 dailies. You cannot convince me without some hard facts that LAX-MSP has enough pax to support 4 daily 753's and 2 320's. Business pax also help fill up the planes too. So to answer your question, the hub and spoke makes all of the flights near justifiable.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
Speaking of pax making connections at a hub to an onward destination vs. ending their trip at a hub city, within the past two weeks I saw some numbers on the largest U.S. hubs regarding the percentage of O&D pax (i.e. pax not making connections) for the dominant airlines at the respective hubs. Continental at EWR had by far and away the largest percentage of O&D pax, at around 70% All others, as I recall were below 50%, with the lowest number being being just above 20% (believe it was NW at MEM). Wish I could track down the article to give more examples. Point is, the numbers support the post of LambertMan; more than 50% of flights into U.S. hub cities are supported by pax making connections to other destinations rather than O&D or point-to-point pax.