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by lightmac
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd time to start a new airline in Germany
Replies: 9
Views: 2593

Re: Odd time to start a new airline in Germany

The "over-compensation" is just what the wod suggest - the airline will compensate moe CO2 emissions then the flight actually emits.

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by lightmac
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd time to start a new airline in Germany
Replies: 9
Views: 2593

Odd time to start a new airline in Germany

The timing seems off, but in October a new airline will take off in Germany, called "Green airlines" because it will over-compensate the CO2-emissions by its flights. The first aircraft is a beautiful black ATR from Denmark and the first route connects Berlin to Karlsruhe. The idea of a &q...

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by lightmac
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If Eurowings was designed to compete with easyjet and Ryanair, why does it simply not do that?
Replies: 6
Views: 2567

If Eurowings was designed to compete with easyjet and Ryanair, why does it simply not do that?

Eurowings was designed to keep Ryanair and easyjet in check and compete with them. However, it does not do that at all. From Berlin for example, easyjet flies to 38 international destinations all-year round including almost all European capitals, while Eurowings flies to these 3 great destinations: ...

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by lightmac
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why ANA is so weak at LHR
Replies: 13
Views: 3155

Re: Why ANA is so weak at LHR

Plus geography: From a Japanese standpoint London is at the rear end of Europe with no destinations further west, unlike FRA (or HEL for JAL) which are ideal connecting points.

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by lightmac
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2908

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

I am sorry, this thread is not about speculating about another delay, but about new route launches.

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by lightmac
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where does the LH Group send its different brands in intercontinental travel?
Replies: 24
Views: 4662

Where does the LH Group send its different brands in intercontinental travel?

The LH-group has seven brands for long-haul flights: The four legacy brands (LH, SWISS, Austrian and Brussels), Eurowings and Edelweiss, typically used for leisure destinations and LH CityLine for low-yield destinations. Here is North-America:as an example: CL currently flies to Tampa/FL, Eurowings ...

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by lightmac
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14646

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

There is a Saturday flight from Nuernberg to Dusseldorf: EW 9069

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by lightmac
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14646

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

Well, some politicians publicly discuss the elimination of domestic flights in Germany for climate-reasons. I do not think they understand what that would mean/do....?

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by lightmac
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2908

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

While this delay was long and terrible, inauguration delays for airports are nothing special, think of Vienna, Istanbul or even Doha, they all were delayed and then fine. Berlin's economy is finally growing and the traffic increases more then in say Frankfurt currently, so there is reason for optimi...

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by lightmac
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14646

LH Group's German domestic network is massive

Lufthansa-Group released their new schedule and it shows the massiveness of the German domestic market. Despite Greta Thunberg Germany's seven top cities are connected to each other with up to 25 flights daily! Actually, there are eleven connections that could be called a Germany Shuttle with over t...

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by lightmac
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2908

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

DLHAM wrote:
Why should Airlines open new routes just because a new Airport opens? The Airport will be new, but the city will still be the same as before. Berlin will continue to be a Destination, no Hub. I dont think Lufthansa will open a Hub there.


Well, because the new airport has more capacity, of course!

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by lightmac
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2908

Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, the Lufthansa-Group should add new routes, likely Amsterdam AMS, Barcelona BCN, Budapest BUD, Mailand MXP, Nizza NCE, Oslo OSL, Paris CDG,, Rom FCO and Stockholm ARN. These are destinations served from Hamburg by LH-Group and Berlin plays a similar role...

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by lightmac
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reasons NOT to like a particular airline
Replies: 22
Views: 2015

Reasons NOT to like a particular airline

Common reasons NOT to like an airline such as poor safety/puntucality, bad schedules, high prices, slow service/bad food/ few or no miles, no lounges or old aircraft seem natural. What are more special reasons? For "Scoot" for example, the pseudo-funny, pseudo-young design is really off-pu...

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by lightmac
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL and ANA ignore Seoul-Incheon, but not Taipei-Taoyuan
Replies: 5
Views: 2141

Re: JAL and ANA ignore Seoul-Incheon, but not Taipei-Taoyuan

Well, as stated, that is true for both cities, but in one case they fly to the new airport and in the other they do not. That is the point of the post.

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by lightmac
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL and ANA ignore Seoul-Incheon, but not Taipei-Taoyuan
Replies: 5
Views: 2141

JAL and ANA ignore Seoul-Incheon, but not Taipei-Taoyuan

Japan's biggest airlines, ANA and JAL, prefer older inner-city airports over the larger, newer ones in the peripheries of their sister cities, Seoul and Taipei. In Seoul, they both totally ignore the giant and modern Incheon airport in favor of the old Gimpo. In Taipei they also prefer the older Sun...

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by lightmac
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Berlin Tegel recover so quickly after Air Berlin's collapse?
Replies: 11
Views: 3994

Re: How did Berlin Tegel recover so quickly after Air Berlin's collapse?

Well, as stated easyjet does/did NOT take over all the traffic, since they do NOT hub. So easyjet's presence does NOT explain the rapid recovery fully.

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by lightmac
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Berlin Tegel recover so quickly after Air Berlin's collapse?
Replies: 11
Views: 3994

How did Berlin Tegel recover so quickly after Air Berlin's collapse?

Even though Tegel airport was built as a purely O&D airport during the cold war, when Air Berlin was used it as a hub in the 2010's, they did generate a significant amount of transfer passengers, for example from Scandinavian cities to Southern Europe or the US and also from smaller European cit...

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by lightmac
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?
Replies: 34
Views: 6403

Re: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?

Great analysis and link, thank you!

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by lightmac
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?
Replies: 34
Views: 6403

Re: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?

In the case of Spain: Valencia (while nice) is not suuuuch a tourist destination, so even though it is the third city, it is not the third biggest airport.

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by lightmac
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?
Replies: 34
Views: 6403

Re: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?

Well, that is the point: For the Netherlands for example: Eindhoven has six million passengers (2nd place nationally) despite the fast that is not one of the top three cities.

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by lightmac
Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?
Replies: 34
Views: 6403

How in sync are city sizes to airport sizes in Europe?

In Western Europe do the second and third biggest cities of a country also have the second and third biggest airports? Typically, the capital is the main airline’s hub. One factor is proximity of secondary cities to the main hub(s) and tourism. In countries such as Switzerland and Norway the second ...

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by lightmac
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is a low cancellation rate essential for economic well-being of an airline?
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

Re: Is a low cancellation rate essential for economic well-being of an airline?

In regards to your rude post: Yes, Nordica withdrew from scheduled services after the disastrous amount of cancelations and delays. In Europe there are many micro airlines with just a few smaller planes that can "de-rail" quickly - and do.

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by lightmac
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is a low cancellation rate essential for economic well-being of an airline?
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

Is a low cancellation rate essential for economic well-being of an airline?

Cancellations and heavy delays have become quite expensive for airlines (not only) in Europe and people's awareness of their rights to claim compensation has clearly risen in past years. I was on a luxair flight the other day that was canceled and I recieved a compensation that was much higher then ...

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by lightmac
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No ID check on (German) domestic flights
Replies: 77
Views: 6271

No ID check on (German) domestic flights

I noticed that if you fly domestically in Germany (other countries as well, probably?) and you do not check-in hold luggage, your ID will never be checked if you check-in online. The gate agent also does not check IDs and you can board the plane without having interacted with a single employee of th...

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by lightmac
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Luxair not hub?
Replies: 9
Views: 3131

Why does Luxair not hub?

Luxair is a nice airline, but you can only buy tickets to or from Luxembourg with luxair. Why is that? They do not use their hub as a hub? From Germany for example it would make perfect sense to fly to Luxembourg and connect to places in France, Spain or Portugal. Why is that impossible?

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by lightmac
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Everybody gets three boarding passes in Japan. Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 5761

Re: Everybody gets three boarding passes in Japan. Why?

Well, for a domestic trip -at least on ANA- you get THREE boarding passes/confirmations on paper as stated.

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by lightmac
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Variety of Japanese (domestic) airlines
Replies: 2
Views: 703

Variety of Japanese (domestic) airlines

Traditionally, Japan is known as a "two-airlines-country" with ANA and JAL. Today, the variety is great, with Star Flyer, Fuji Dream, Ibex, Skymark, Jetstar, Solaseed, Vanilla and Peach and of course the sub-brands of the "big two" (like J-air, Air Nippon etc.) and micro-airlines...

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by lightmac
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Everybody gets three boarding passes in Japan. Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 5761

Everybody gets three boarding passes in Japan. Why?

In Japan, you get a boarding pass at check-in. So far, so normal. However, if you go through security, you get another boarding pass (on yellow paper). And at the gate, you get yet another boarding pass when actually boarding. All three contain the exact same info, it seems like a waste of paper, no?

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by lightmac
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asymmetrical traffic flows
Replies: 18
Views: 4208

Re: Asymmetrical traffic flows

It is true that immigrants today often can and will fly back to their original home country, but that still makes the traffic asymmetrical: Fly to place "A" once, then back and then forth - makes for an asymmetrical traffic.

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by lightmac
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asymmetrical traffic flows
Replies: 18
Views: 4208

Asymmetrical traffic flows

Does immigration cause asymmetrical traffic flows? While usually as many passengers fly in one direction as they do in the counter-direction, does immigration cause asymmetrical traffic? People just fly somewhere and stay? There are millions of migrants in the world today and while most don't necess...

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by lightmac
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Priority Boarding for bus gates
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Priority Boarding for bus gates

Even when apron positions are used, priority boarding is often enforced meaning business class/status passengers beep their boarding passes first and enter the bus first, then economy class passengers get piled in front of them, making sure that business class passengers end up being able to get to ...

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by lightmac
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of hub airports being for-profit
Replies: 22
Views: 3656

Effect of hub airports being for-profit

In Europe (but not in the US or Japan/China/Korea) many big airports are run by for-profit companies (Paris, Copenhagen etc.), floated on the stock exchange. What effect does this have on an airline making such an airport their hub? While an advantage of picking a commercial airport might be that th...

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by lightmac
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: (Hub-) Airports that are commercial/stock companies
Replies: 1
Views: 414

(Hub-) Airports that are commercial/stock companies

In Europe (but not in the US or Japan) many airports are commercial companies, often public stock companies. Is that good or bad for an airline to have a profit-oriented airport operator as their hub? It must be good, in that a commercial airport might be faster to expand etc., but it must also be b...

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by lightmac
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The relationship between Lufthansa and Eurowings (and other "sister-airlines")
Replies: 11
Views: 2831

The relationship between Lufthansa and Eurowings (and other "sister-airlines")

Several legacy airlines have tried to establish in-house low-cost airlines. While many failed (BA's "go", SAS's "snow flake" or United's "TED" for example), some also stick around such as IAG's "vueling" (and "level") and Lufthansa's "Eurowings&...

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by lightmac
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-big-airport nations
Replies: 21
Views: 1731

One-big-airport nations

Many smaller nations have ONE big gateway/hub, while the smaller airports really are insignificant. In Finnland for example, Helsinki has 18,8 mio passengers anully, while the second biggest, Oulu, only has 0,8. So the capital airport is 23 times bigger then the next bigger airport. That is a big ga...

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by lightmac
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?
Replies: 11
Views: 3545

Re: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?

I think a typical price/cost for a lounge visit is 20-30 Dollars/Euros

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by lightmac
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?
Replies: 11
Views: 3545

How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?

If I travel on Airline "A", but us Airline "B"s lounge (for example within the Star Alliance Family), does Airline "B" get a compensation from Airline "A"? Is it a non-profit price because the two airlines are allied or is it profitable? In that case are there...

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by lightmac
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East-Asian airlines in central Europe
Replies: 5
Views: 1617

East-Asian airlines in central Europe

Because it is interesting for me -and maybe for you, too?- I made an analsis of the East-Asian airlines and their presence in Central Europe (the three (mainly) German speaking countries to be precise: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These three countries have seven airports with a presence of Eas...

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by lightmac
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines abandoned Frankfurt?
Replies: 64
Views: 5266

Which airlines abandoned Frankfurt?

Airlines that stopped services to Frankfurt include Qantas and Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines and Royal Brunei. All four had routes southeast, probably hurt by the rise of the ME3. Which other airlines dropped Frankfurt and why?

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by lightmac
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines do well?
Replies: 10
Views: 2559

Re: Which airlines do well?

Regarding yor request for South America: The big success story for an airline started in the 90's and still being around is GOL.

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by lightmac
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines do well?
Replies: 10
Views: 2559

Re: Which airlines do well?

You are right about Edelweiss and Eurowings being part of LH, however, at least Eurowings is not a spin-off or in-house airline, but started independently and was swalloed up. Ryanair is not on the list, because its founding dates from the 80's. By doing well It meant "surviving/continuing busi...

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by lightmac
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines do well?
Replies: 10
Views: 2559

Which airlines do well?

Airlines come and go, the market is quite dynamic. Only a few big names survive over decades. So, which airlines started in the 90's survived and do well? Airlines started in the 90's that are thriving today are: EuroLOT, Edelweiss, easyjet, air nostrum and Eurowings in Europe, certainly Westjet, Fr...

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by lightmac
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How hub-centric are the big Western airlines?
Replies: 10
Views: 2072

How hub-centric are the big Western airlines?

Is it true that the big three European airline groups (IAG, LHG and AFKLM) have abandoned ALL non-hub flying? I believe Lufthansa was the only major airline that sill flew a considerable amount of domestic and non-domestic non-hub routes before they are all given to Eurowings. The US-BIG3 airlines, ...

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by lightmac
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline not responsible for canceled flight due to night curfew?
Replies: 9
Views: 2136

Airline not responsible for canceled flight due to night curfew?

It is the airline's job to get their aircraft into an airport at night before it closes, don't you think? SAS's late evening flight from Gothenburg/Sweden to Berlin TXL was late last week and then canceled, because it could not reach Tegel before the night curfew. Tegel is a city airport and closes ...

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by lightmac
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 180857

Re: New Istanbul Airport: "Disturbing secrets" revealed

Actually, I have no intention to soften this critique, but for ANY big project in the world, usually workers die in the process. The insurance companies actually have an average number of fataitis/10.000 m3 of building built. Sad but true.

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by lightmac
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most important routes for different airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7013

The most important routes for different airlines

Is there a list that shows which routes are the most frequented/most important ones for different airlines? You would think that most of these are intra-hub routes, but that is not necessarily true. For Lufthansa for example, I know that they fly 1,9 mio passengers between Frankfurt and Berlin and M...

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by lightmac
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight canceled for commercial reasons?
Replies: 31
Views: 6215

Flight canceled for commercial reasons?

Do/can airlines cancel a flight if the number of booking/passangers simply is too low? It it legal?
Since having to re-book them is costly, what is the threshold of making a cancelation economically viable?

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by lightmac
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SK CPH-TXL
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: SK CPH-TXL

Wow, to cut that route seems crazy, even if it is just temporary, because this cuts off Germany's biggest city from ANY SAS connection at its main hub, including flights to Japan and China and anywhere else. What is SAS up to these days? Their schedules can seem quite odd sometimes.

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by lightmac
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A German domestic route flown by Luxair, operated by Adria
Replies: 14
Views: 3343

A German domestic route flown by Luxair, operated by Adria

The flights between Germany's national capital, Berlin, and one of the state capitals, Saarbruecken, is run by Luxair of Luxembourg, operated by Adria Airways from Slovenia. This seems bizarre. I have been on this flight several times and it works just fine, except the identity of the airline that y...

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by lightmac
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA starts Vienna in February 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 503

ANA starts Vienna in February 2019

Not long after starting service to Dusseldorf and Brussels, ANA today announced new services from Tokyo to Vienna, starting in February. This flight will go to/from Haneda, which is a great advantage for most traverlers, compared to Narita, where the Brussels- and Dusseldorf flights start and end. I...

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