LHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1767 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
After scheduling a couple recent flights I realized that DL still has a pretty sizable evening push at CVG (I'm defining this here as about 7:45ish onwards, since there is basically nothing after 9). My question is, with a hub that is more or less in decline, why such a big evening rush, when they could seemingly spread it out through the day?
For instance, here is what I came up with after a brief run through the DL FS program from about 7:45pm on (mainline and DCX):
Obviously the transatlantic flights would be evening departures in any event, but wouldn't htere be more demand during the day (as in pare down, not toally eliminate evening flights)? Or do these fligths cater to businessmen so they can get in the night before?
Jkudall From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
a few reasons i can think of
1. Typically mornings and evenings are in higher demand for many travelers.
2. If they spread the flights throughout the day, you are eliminating the banks. Which wouldn't work at CVG because it depends on connecting traffic to fill the flights they have.
3. They schedule flights to leave the hub in the evening so they can RON in out stations and return the next morning.
Scorpy From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
the majority of business travellers want morning or evening flights. Flights that leave between 10am-3pm pretty much waste the day so only make sense for intercontinental or when nothing else is available.
LHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1767 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Quoting Jkudall (Reply 1): 2. If they spread the flights throughout the day, you are eliminating the banks. Which wouldn't work at CVG because it depends on connecting traffic to fill the flights they have.
I thought DL said a couple years ago that the whole plan with CVG was to mostly eliminate the banks in favor of what they called a "rolling" schedule throughout the day. I got that from an Enquirer article, whenver it was that I saw it, and the gist was that there would obviously be some peak times still but that they actually wanted to get away from the bank-dead-bank model. I'm not undercutting your response, just giving backbround where I was coming from.
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
CVG is a heavily banked up, as is MEM and even DTW (among quite a few others). The megahubs such as ATL, DFW and IAH are more of the "rolling" type where flights are pretty much spread throughout the day; they can do this due to the shear volume of flights. But unless if you have a high O/D hub such as EWR or a hub with a high volume of flights to most destinations, having "banks" of flights makes much more sense for connecting passengers where arriving/departing flights are usually scheduled about 1-2 hours apart to allow for easy connections. Obviously there's largely dead periods in between these banks at the smaller hubs like CVG and MEM.
CVG was banked even when it had nearly 600 flights but there was probably twice as many "banks" back then as there is now.