|Quoting miaintl (Thread starter):|
What is the status of AZ as an airline right now? I think it was a mistake to dehub MXP and focus on FCO. MXP is better located geographically to be a hub and spoke airport. FCO just involves backtracking for most people in Italy and Europe. Plus all the premium traffic is in Northern Italy. With everything being said what do you think the chances are for AF/KL to allow the MXP hub to be reestablished? I think MXP will compliment skyteam and CDG/AMS much better than FCO. I still dont know what purpose FCO plays in the skyteam system.
Backtracking depends where one is coming from. Certainly no backtracking involved for fellows flying from Africa and most of Asia going towards N and Central Europe.
|Quoting Rara (Reply 16):|
Neither FCO nor MXP were profitable for AZ as hubs, because two hubs weren't viable for the airline. Of the two, MXP was in the stronger position to be successful in a one-hub network, but political pressure did not allow AZ to pull its long-range flights from Rome.
may be "ok" as a hub, but it just sucks in terms of o&d as it is beaten flat by LIN
, which however cannot ever become a hub. AZ
simply could not rely on this at MXP
, while they can for FCO
. Proof that a hub in the middle of nowhere (which is what MXP
is, due to poor transportation options) does not work well.
|Quoting jfk777 (Reply 17):|
Linate is teh favorite feeder airport for every long haul airline in Europe. FCO is great for Rome but lousy for Italy.
I do not agree about FCO
being lousy for Italy. FCO
has a much better location for most Italians and Europeans for:
-S and SE
=where the money is being made on long haul flights. I see no reason to think of Europe - NAm as the milk cow and the strategic market anymore. If anything, it is where losses are being generated. Furthermore, AZ
already indirectly has two hubs that serve that purpose better than MXP
would ever do, for obvious geographical reasons: these are CDG
, thanks to the JV
-KL and DL
. No point having yet another one, which is a smaller airport, less conveniently located for most Europeans, and awful for o&d.
is a chance for AZ
, as long they don't focus on N Am (key routes can certainly work of course but that's it), and I certainly hope they eventually see FCO
has a chance for expansion towards the markets mentioned above. They have nothing to win by serving overserved N Am from a mediocre (at best) hub : MXP
, or a poorly located one : FCO
. I see this a much better strategy than trying to expand out of MXP
When I doubt... go running!