Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 7:53 am

Are there any unpopular routes? (includes the routes with low load factors)
Posts: 5984
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2000 9:40 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 8:13 am

I dont know if this route can be listed as unpopular but I will have to mention San Juan-Los Angeles . TWA operates the route with a subsidy from the govt of Puerto Rico because of the few pax on this route . AA had try to launch this route a couple of years ago and they even dropped it be4 they even inagurated the flight .
Puerto Rico
Fly the Flag!!!!
Posts: 706
Joined: Tue May 30, 2000 12:02 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 9:37 am

A few come to mind:
PDX-Fukuoka Delta
IAH-Hermosillo Continental
DFW-MAN American
IAD-ZRH United
DTW-SEL Northwest
Posts: 2644
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:25 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 9:50 am

Delta dropped PDX to Fukuoka a long time ago!
Posts: 2644
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:25 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 9:58 am

Northwest from MSP-Rochester, MN and MSP-Duluth, MN and MSP-Fargo, ND are pretty unpopular, most of those flights have less than 20 people on the days i've seen them depart!
Posts: 504
Joined: Tue Sep 05, 2000 11:55 pm

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 10:09 am

There used to be LOTS of unpopular routes before deregulation. Airlines were often forced to maintain service to cities they could not make a profit from and were subsidized by the government to do so. Oftentimes the CAB would give an airline a "good" route in exchange for maintaining service on "bad" routes. For example, Northeast Airlines was given routes to Miami and Los Angeles but had to maintain service to numerous small communities in New England that couldn't even fill a DC-3 or FH-227 on a good day. American used to operate a series of puddle jumping flights through upstate New York from Boston, too.
Posts: 2064
Joined: Sat Oct 30, 1999 9:49 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 10:11 am

Southwest from OAK to ISIP. who wasnts to stop 4 times just to get to bloody new england. (don't take that the wrong way)
Posts: 1588
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2000 7:10 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 10:37 am

CMH-EWR is doing very poorly for HP.

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 10:54 am

The wost route is American Airlines Midway to Dallas fort Worth on a F-100!

Mr. 717
Tan Flyr
Posts: 1595
Joined: Sat Aug 19, 2000 11:07 pm

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 12:34 pm

Interesting question..Unpopular for whom? These days few carriers stay in a route that is unprofitable unless there is financial incentives from a local government or politcal considerations. But even those did not stop AA from dropping F-100 service from ORD to FSD?/Peoria/ and another city I don't remember about a year after they got an exemption on the slot rule at ORD back in the early 90's.

TWA used to have to operate a whole series of flights with various combinations of stops from IND/CVG/DAY/CMH/PIT to DCA/LGA/ and other points and with-in those midwest cities. Some were even operated with 707's and CV-990's. I'm sure the CAB made TW fly those "unpopular" routes for some plum route.

I don't think a route remains "unpopular" for too long these days at most carriers. WE( the collective group on here!) may feel that a route is unpopular or a carrier does not operate the route with the equipment we would assign to it.

Posts: 676
Joined: Sat Apr 28, 2001 1:48 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 12:40 pm

IAD-ZRH did quite well with United, load-wise! I flew this route before it died, and it was jam-packed; I had also been told it was always like this.

Problem was, most of the '67 was filled with tourists like me. UA simply must have the high margins.

That's why United claims to "fly to more of the world's business centers than any other airline."

Posts: 5286
Joined: Mon Oct 18, 1999 3:09 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 1:13 pm

As for routes like DTW-SEL and DFW-MAN, if they are so unpopular, how come there are flights between the two cities?  Smile
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Posts: 3433
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2000 7:00 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 2:00 pm

Uhh, Blink, AA stopped DFW-Manchester a long time ago, and if they do operate it, it is seasonal. They do have year round ORD-MAN though.
Posts: 2682
Joined: Mon May 01, 2000 10:52 am

RE: Unpopular Routes?

Tue Mar 27, 2001 3:56 pm

How about ORD-Berlin, Germany American Airlines dropped route a few years ago? Were they have a low load pax?


Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos