AirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3443 times:
What are the economics of multi-stop flights coming back?
For USA domestic, UA can interconnect hub airports with stops at cities/towns that may offer government subsidy for providing "essential air service".
Example: UA A319 daily JFK-IAD-ParkersburgWV-ORD-SheridanWY-DEN-Ely-SFO-LAX Total 7 stops JFK-LAX
or is it more economical and get the same government subsidy if the flight is once a week:
Example: UA Embraer 170 JFK-IAD-CumberlandMD-ORD-CapeGiradeauMO-DEN-
-WinnemuccaNV-SFO-LAX on Mondays
UA Embraer 170 JFK-IAD-PaducahKY-ORD-Scottsbluff-DEN-PendletonOR-SFO-LAX on Tuesdays
Any other route suggestions for the other days??
I will post my route suggestions for international next time.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24311 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3383 times:
I guess I'd sort of classify these as niche flights. WN has plenty of them and it works well for them, and I guess LA would be a good example in another part of the world (I'm thinking of Chilean domestic, though everything starts or ends in SCL), but I don't see a compelling reason for what you propose for a carrier like UA. How does the current model fail? Why is that one superior?
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Luvfa From United States of America, joined May 2005, 457 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3158 times:
Yes we do have quite a few of those "bus stop routes" We tend to use our 300's in that capacity for our smaller airports/markets. One such route is TPA-SAT-PHX-BUR-SMF-PDX. Of course rservations is limited to two stops. The furthest you could book a ticket on that route would be i.e. TPA-BUR. The 700's tend to be more long haul, i.e. ISP-MDW-SEA.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3136 times:
I dont think that we will see these types of routings coming back - hub operations more or less brought an end to most multi-stop itineraries world wide. Airlines want to get you from one point to another via one (or more) of their hubs without any further enroute stops.
Passengers want nonstop flights, and will put up with a hub connection (that is how the system now works), but have little interest in multi-stop itineraries.
Multi-stop itineraries made much more sense years ago when passenger numbers were less and long range aircaft that we now take for granted did not exist.
India is mentioned above, yes, Air India still operates some pretty complicated itineraries - but those flights are travelling very long distances and India is a huge nation. With the recent explosion in aircraft orders by Indian carriers, I am sure that in the coming years we will see more and more direct flights within India and to destinations worldwide and the exotic 3 or 4 stop itineraries will be phased out.