|Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 13):|
Interesting, because it is not the first time that LH tries to sell me intra-European connecting flights through DUS in their website. I didn't know they didn't make long-haul connections there, and it was just a "short-haul" hub.
What I meant was that LH
doesn't operate flights out of DUS
that rely on the connections on the other end, thus feeding another hub. They only operate flights out of DUS
that have a strong enough o&d demand for the flight to become profitable.
For example, they were trying to open DUS
recently because there's a large Japanese diaspora in DUS
. They assessed the market and concluded that those passengers would not pay a premium for a non-stop flight, and consequentially shelfed those plans. They could have probably filled the plane with feed, but only at the expense of their FRA
flights losing feed. DUS
only gets flights that bring something new to the table, ie non-stop flights between to regions that can support non-stop flights. Of course there's connecting traffic as well, but that just fills the plane up and isn't the reason for the flight.
Which is why LH
will not open up a CLT
) flight out of DUS
. The market between those two cities is too small and feeding other passengers into DUS
would dilute the passenger volumes at FRA
. As for US starting a CLT
flight, I don't see any reason why they would do that. The yields are higher at FRA
, the number of connections is as well.
Maybe they'll join OneWorld one day, at which point I wouldn't be surprised to see them at DUS
. It would be the equivalent of DL
, just with all those AB
connections on the other end that DL
[Edited 2012-10-07 09:10:13]
..sick of it. -K. Pilkington.