Aren't international flights, exclusive of the connections they offer to PAX, the absolute embodiment of point to point service?
Most airlines that claim to disavow the hub and spoke system, WN
, Jet Blue and Air Tran - have at least one, if not more than one true hub in their system. I have always found it odd that WN
has hubs at DAL
and other aborts, yet they claim that the hub and spoke system is the downfall of the network carriers. How is this possible, when Southwest, by making PAX, flying from TPA
, connect through HOU
and El Paso, gives new life to the hub and spoke model? (routing was hypothetical, please don't break out the time tables to call me on the flight!)
Same thing with Jet Blue. I don't know much about the airline, but I know they have a huge hub at JFK
and one at Long Beach. On the flip side of the coin, how about NWA, which is becoming more of a true integrated airline, through their endeavors at MKE
, which are well documented on this site. At what point does their service at MKE
cease being point to point, and start operating as a mini hub?? Where is the line drawn?
The point is, every airline, in some shape or form, uses the point to point and hub and spoke system. I suppose in time people will start to refer to it as THE system, since separating out the component parts and trying to put airlines in one category or the other, is becoming more and more difficult today.