Every year I travel from San Diego to Minnesota in late June/early July. Except for one year where I was able to fly NW
non-stop, I have connected. At this time, for curiousity, I have been checking the schedules of various airlines and have come across some very odd scheduling "anomolies" at Delta and Frontier.
It is common knowledge that in operating an east-west/west-east "hub", an airline will, for example, schedule east-bound departures after arrivals from the west have had an opportunity to "unload" and passengers have sufficient time to make connections.
However, as currently listed (and I know this is subject to change), both Delta and Frontier have VERY poorly timed flights from SLC
for west coast connections:
Delta Airlines Flight #778
Delta Airlines Flight #1764
Last year, I travelled this itinerary but had a 35 minute connection time and arrived with time to spare. Capacity is increased this year, as it was previously a CRJ-700 but is now an MD90. Capacity is increased on this flight, indicating more people wish to take this flight. Yet the flight is scheduled with too little time to make this connection.
While I realize that the block times need to be maintained to match with arriving flights for the opposite direction, all that would be needed to remedy the situation would be a rescheduling of 15-20 minutes later. Why is it schedule JUST under the minimum connection time?
And as a side note: Flight #778 from San Diego is a 757 - one would assume that such a large plane indicates this is a very popular flight, and also that many of those passengers will be connecting to other destinations. If MSP
is not available due to less-than-minimum-times connecting issues, what other destinations are not possible?
I also understand that some flights from the west coast are not subject to departure curfews as SAN
is; however, the time we are talking about is a very short period of time - 15 to 20 minutes. I am at a loss as to why a connection possibility (or possibilites) is being discarded when the fix (rescheduling a departure for 20 minutes later) is so very simple.
Even more bizarre is Frontier's DEN
Frontier Airlines Flight #400
Frontier Airlines Flight #550
One can see that the first wave of west coast flights arrives to F9
hub just after 9:30 AM
. Logically, eastbound flights should depart after
that, but the morning MSP
flights are not timed for ANY connections:
Frontier (Republic) Flight #4610
Frontier Airlines Flight #106
depart DEN 9:40 AM
Frontier Airlines Flight #100
So two flights before the first westbound banks arrive, but no further flights for 6½ hours.
That makes two departures on Frontier to MSP that have absolutely no connecting possibilities from west coast cities!
With both United and Northwest also flying DEN
, one would assume that Frontier MUST have some connecting passengers to fill their A318, but it is not possible.
In 2006, I flew SAN
and in 2007 I flew SAN
. I enjoyed both flights very much and would have no problem choosing either itinerary again...but I cannot understand why these MSP
flights are so terribly timed that connections are not possible.
On the other hand, United, American, USAirways, Northwest (non-stop, of course), and even Continental have no scheduling anomolies and are more than willing to offer me convenient times with no odd departure times to MSP
. Any insights as to why DL
don't want west coast passengers (at least from SAN
) on their morning MSP
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