Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Smaller Hubs And The Evening Push  
User currently offlineLHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1576 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2082 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):
DCA
IAD
BWI
ATL
LGA
EWR
BOS
PHL
ORD
MCO
TPA
FLL
CMH
IND
DFW
SLC
DEN
BDL
CLT
BNA
STL
MSP
DTW
MEM
SAN
LAX
LAS
FRA
LGW
CDG
AMS
YYZ
JAX
RDU
CLE
DAY
PIT
MKE
GSO

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?

4 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineJkudall From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1994 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.


User currently offlineScorpy From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Yes..

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.


User currently offlineLHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1576 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1899 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.


User currently offline747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1187 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1889 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.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
New Delta And Northwest Hubs To The Western US posted Fri Nov 21 2008 12:49:37 by Flyf15
What Are The OneWorld Hubs And Focus Cities? posted Sun Jul 15 2007 07:03:11 by QantasA333
QX And The Dornier 328 posted Tue Jul 7 2009 13:29:31 by Ridgid727
Sabena And The Sud Est Caravelle posted Sun Jul 5 2009 06:01:47 by Mortyman
U2 And The Mad Dog posted Wed Jul 1 2009 10:18:39 by BlueSky1976
The Fox And The Brasilia posted Wed Jun 24 2009 17:57:02 by BalZ18
YVR And The Olympics posted Wed Jun 24 2009 06:23:33 by Hawaiian763
Question About Iberia And The A-330 posted Sun Jun 21 2009 19:15:00 by Plairbus
When Did WN Axe The Evening PHL-CMH Runs? posted Wed Jun 3 2009 13:51:04 by Gregarious119
Oil Shock 2.0 And The Airline Industry posted Fri May 29 2009 15:44:46 by ItalianFlyer