The coolness of AF1, Blue Angeles and an F35 fly over will outweigh a few delays on probably empty flights excluding the nonrevs.
Flights aren't going to be empty, you can expect probably a 50-70% LF averaged overall.
How many of you making comments on this will be personally impacted. Answer. None.
I can guarantee you, there will be several hundred (maybe a thousand) airline employees affected by this between those working at DCA, those working at the outstations/hubs, those working in the reservations departments, those dealing with re-routed passengers that were making connections in DCA etc. Couple that with the impact to ATC, passengers and the family/friends picking up said passengers and there is quite an impact.
I'm totally disagreeing with you but the industry is seeing a lot of changes in the publics travel patterns on holidays.
Holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, airports across this country use to be dead not a whole lot of traffic. However, that has changed and so have the airlines schedules. Traveling on a holiday can be 5%or more cheaper than traveling in the days before or immediately after the holiday. Sometimes people will celebrate the holiday a day early so family and friends can take advantage of the savings if they book a ticket on the holiday. So while airlines are not running their full schedule it isn't the skeleton schedule it use to be years ago when very few people traveled on the actual holiday. Take Thanksgiving for instance airlines are running a full schedule the morning of Thanksgiving, it starts to taper down around 1pm eastern time through 12pm eastern Black Friday after 12pm eastern Black friday its full steam ahead for at least 20 hours. Christmas, airports are empty Christmas morning things start to pick up (the schedule picks up tremendously) around 2-3pm eastern and airlines are like UA are scheduling a full banks of flights out of places like ORD at 11pm, 12am and 1am on Christmas day. Just 5-6 years ago it was unheard of but the travel patterns behaviors have changed and so to have airlines schedules.
This is definitely more and more the trend, particularly in airports like PHX & DEN where the flows are predominately East & West as people move across the country. Last year on Christmas we had a near 90% LF which would have been unheard of a few years ago.
I am sure they worked on this for months now and that airlines were informed in advance. I am sure many of them have removed flights from the booking systems or have simply re-scheduled them.
They haven't. The airlines were officially notified yesterday and everything as of right now is still loaded and planned. Airline schedules are finalized anywhere between 90 and 120 days upstream.
The question is if airlines anticipated this event well advance before planning their schedules.
Given full schedules are loaded, clearly not.
This is thread has mostly overhyped nonsense from an operational standpoint.
There’s going to be an average of 100 people per flt on July 4th evening? C’mon.
Lets assume the average gauge is a 125 seat aircraft which is a likely decently close when you consider most flights are either 738/321/757s and then 76 seat RJs. A 70% load factor would put it around 87 people per flight, not counting those that are already in DCA awaiting their connections. Inbound loads are definitely going to be higher than the outbound loads so its not unreasonable to think that with some delayed inbounds; you could get close to that average.
We’re talking about one airport on a holiday evening.
Can we go back to having to pay to join the forum?
We have single airport centered topics all the time, usually they don't revolve around an airport being shut down for two hours with short notice. Everyone is entitled to have their opinions, regardless of whether they had previously paid to join the forums or not.
Passengers don't handle disruption to their holiday travel plans very well and in fact you will see more complaints from holiday travelers than most other groups simply because its "their" holiday to take off and now they have been inconvenienced.