nguyenmtv18 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 7 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2052 times:
I'm learning about the aviation industry and still so much stuff I don't understand. Can someone help please? Thank you.
On a typical flight we would find that passengers paid a wide variety of fares for basically the same service. Why is this the case? Why might a fare from New York to Miami cost than a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee?
Braniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
Quoting nguyenmtv18 (Thread starter): On a typical flight we would find that passengers paid a wide variety of fares for basically the same service. Why is this the case? Why might a fare from New York to Miami cost than a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee?
Because the market MIA-NYC is sooooooo much bigger that Ft. Lauderdale to Tallahasse. More demand, price goes up. Less demand, price goes down... That's the simple way to put it.
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
AirlineReporter From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
It really depends on when you buy your ticket. Airlines assume, based on past load factors, how popular a route might be. If they expect it to be popular and have high prices but don't fill seats, they might lower them.
As Braniff747SP said, many shorter flights can cost quite a bit more, since they aren't a popular and less people fly, meaning the airline isn't flying a full aircraft and need to charge more to make money. Also, there might be less competition on shorter flights, meaning airlines don't have to fight for the business.
You are also going to find business versus personal travel. Most big business have an account set up and just pay what is advertised, where personal travelers will take advantage of Expedia, Kayak, etc to find the lowest price and airlines know that.
tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1924 times:
Quoting nguyenmtv18 (Thread starter): On a typical flight we would find that passengers paid a wide variety of fares for basically the same service. Why is this the case?
Mostly because airlines use value pricing...individual seats aren't priced based on what they cost, they're priced on how much the customer is willing to pay. Thus seats way in advance are generally cheap, since the customer usually has a lot of options and isn't tremendously schedule sensitive. Last minute seats are extremely expensive because there must be a reason you want a seat at the last minute, the airlines know that, and so they charge you accordingly.
Pricing must be carefully balanced so that the aggregate revenue for the flight is sufficient to cover the carrier's cost, even if individual ticket prices vary wildly.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17000 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
For the same reason as Tom states, return trips during the working week tend to be more expensive than return trips over a weekend. It is assumed that the market for the former is mostly business travelers whose companies are paying.
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