Unfortunately the days of passengers purchasing "Y" fares are over.
I am not getting involved in a Johnny O discussion with you, but lets look at Key West.
Day in and out, a simple 23 minute block time flight to MIA
is constantly weight restricted to 18, sometimes even 16. Tampa, on the other hand, is 49 minute block time and gets restricted to as low as 15.
The cost for Mesa to operate a EYW
leg is about $1450, and to operate EYW
is about $1800.
You do the math.
Air Midwest is NOT a pro-rate operation, so they get a percentage of the fare, unless it is O/D then ZV gets 89% (I believe).
Taking into account a walkup fare to TPA
averages about $200, and MIA
is about $150, start doing some math and tell me how profitable it is to operate a 1900D in a Part 121 environment.
Look at Great Lakes... even they have offloaded 25 Beech 1900Ds, and Gulfstream is upgrading into the Brasilia.
the 19 seat model for 121 operations just isn't what it used to be...