So here is the situation,
DL started a new flight schedule on October 1st. One of our flights, DL2688 operated by Mesaba was scheduled as an out and back MSP-ATW-MSP. However, the day before it started we noticed that it only had 1 booked pax with a capacity of zero and a capacity of zero through the rest of the month. They still sent the flight and it came in with 2 pax (nonrevs) and left with about 10 (mostly nonrevs and a few denied boarding pax from earlier in day). Ever since, they have canceled the flight everyday through the end of the month. So my question(s) is/are, was this some sort of scheduling/marketing error? And does this hurt XJs completion factor everyday because it is still being registered as a canceled flight or is really that hard to just take it out of the schedule? I have been in working in the airlines for 4yrs now and have never come across such a phenomenon and thought I might come here for clarification.