Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6215 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 820 times:
I dont know if this route can be listed as unpopular but I will have to mention San Juan-Los Angeles . TWA operates the route with a subsidy from the govt of Puerto Rico because of the few pax on this route . AA had try to launch this route a couple of years ago and they even dropped it be4 they even inagurated the flight .
BostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 463 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 774 times:
There used to be LOTS of unpopular routes before deregulation. Airlines were often forced to maintain service to cities they could not make a profit from and were subsidized by the government to do so. Oftentimes the CAB would give an airline a "good" route in exchange for maintaining service on "bad" routes. For example, Northeast Airlines was given routes to Miami and Los Angeles but had to maintain service to numerous small communities in New England that couldn't even fill a DC-3 or FH-227 on a good day. American used to operate a series of puddle jumping flights through upstate New York from Boston, too.
Tan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 731 times:
Interesting question..Unpopular for whom? These days few carriers stay in a route that is unprofitable unless there is financial incentives from a local government or politcal considerations. But even those did not stop AA from dropping F-100 service from ORD to FSD?/Peoria/ and another city I don't remember about a year after they got an exemption on the slot rule at ORD back in the early 90's.
TWA used to have to operate a whole series of flights with various combinations of stops from IND/CVG/DAY/CMH/PIT to DCA/LGA/ and other points and with-in those midwest cities. Some were even operated with 707's and CV-990's. I'm sure the CAB made TW fly those "unpopular" routes for some plum route.
I don't think a route remains "unpopular" for too long these days at most carriers. WE( the collective group on here!) may feel that a route is unpopular or a carrier does not operate the route with the equipment we would assign to it.