2) How many airlines today risk getting in the "low" category when they hold a plane for more than 15 minutes to allow connecting passengers to make their flights? I can't imagine that it is more cost effective to put people up in a hotel because waiting one additional minute means the flight isn't "on-time".
That logic is flawed. So you hold the flight and depart 1 minute late - at what point does that spiral into 10 or 15 minutes because "it is only 10 minutes"? On time becomes "ehh close enough". The gate agent that is not privy to the departure or landing slot may not see it as an issue but now you are waiting for the next slot and take an even larger delay. What about the 20 people that will now miss their connection because you held the flight for 1 person? What about the arriving flight that is waiting for the gate to empty? It spirals into a completely unmanageable mess and you put dozens of people into a hotel for the evening instead of one.
If a carrier wants a fighting chance at success they need to figure this out - you are either on time or you are not. If these numbers are true, Spirit knows what the masses want - an inexpensive ticket for an on time flight. Kudos to them.
Mostly agree with this with one major exception, outbound flights to RON statations should be reasonable held to accomdate on ground late connecting pax, unless valid operating issues override (crew time out, etc)
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