Wow, surprised the timings do not mirror any of the other NZ/Aust timings operated bv LATAM, this is very interesting. Looks like MEL have finally convinced an airline to operated in the quitest window possible. There are very few departures between 1900-2000.
Yes, this looks like LA has had to accept available gate slots which tends to confirm what most suspect in that MEL Int'l is now effectively at capacity from 6AM to 11AM and any growth during this window will have to be in aircraft size rather than more frequencies at least until T2 is extended/replaced.
Whether AKL-CBR is viable is unknown to me, but it is surely worth the shot and would scarcely bankrupt an airline if it didn't work. I didn't think AKL-MCY was all that viable but it's run for several seasons, and expanded.
MCY and CBR are very different destinations. MCY is a tourist destination in itself where visitors can spend a solid 7 days on the beach etc. CBR doesn't fit into this category. Whilst a worthwhile visit (though probably more interesting to Australians than int'l visitors), it is best part of a triangular visit to MEL and SYD rather than a standalone holiday in itself. I struggle to see AKL-CBR as a realistic route unless there is significant business demand currently being satisfied via the numerous services via SYD and willing to trade the drop in frequency with a direct service.
Thinking a little out of the box, QF could time the flights for an easy PER connection. Obviously they already have plenty of connection opportunities from AKL-PER via BNE, SYD and MEL but assuming CBR would be subsidising the service, it might be an option to increase passenger numbers on both routes. Could be something along the lines of:
AKL 1540 CBR 1730
CBR 1910 PER 2045 (existing QF719)
PER 1005 CBR 1700 (retimed QF718)
CBR 1830 AKL 2345
As well as the issue with flight timing, there is also the problem that the PER-CBR service would arrive at the QF gates. As I understand it, the int'l swing gates are down past the VA gates meaning the aircraft would need to be relocated during the CBR stop or alternatively all the transitting pax and luggage transferred to another aircraft which is time consuming and hardly convenient.
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