Are tech stops really that bad--that much of an inconvenience to passengers?
Let's say as an example, Continental found that there was a great niche that would fill all 170 seats on their 757's from San Francisco to Oslo on a daily basis. Instead of pay higher landing costs and channeling passengers through EWR, they decided to fly San Francisco-Winnipeg-Oslo, having a short tech stop at Winnipeg to load on additional fuel. Passenger comfort and cargo aside, how long would the tech stop take for starters, and would it be THAT much of an inconvenience to the passenger to stop in un-congested Winnipeg? As long as it comes early enough in the flight and doesn't split the flight into two equal periods, a tech stop should be able to provide passengers with the same sleep which they would find on other non-stop flights.
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