For many sports teams, their home city is not their airlines hub. So, they have to get a plane up to their city, to their new city, and back to the planes base. My question is "if the airline has a route to this city, would they use this flight as an extra segment? They have the crew and they're using the fuel!
a good example: the Pittsburgh Pirates charter: DL 9824 ATL-PIT-FLL-ATL
ATL-PIT is empty
FLL-ATL is empty
I know they could fill another FLL-ATL, so do they sell extra seats or fly it up empty? The timing is reasonable with the plane leaving ATL-PIT at 2:23pm and leaving FLL-ATL at 9:37pm.
Another example: Tampa Bay Devil Rays...DL 9794 ATL-FLL-BWI-ATL
left ATL at 3:33pm and is leaving BWI at 11pm
Also, in an unrealted note, they would have 1 extra flight each way FLL-ATL-FLL!
[Edited 2004-07-05 03:58:57]