alasizon wrote:NYCAAer wrote:alasizon wrote:CLT-FCO and PHL-BUD are the two main cuts that don't make sense to me, but other than that I get it.
Seasonal summer flying with little premium demand on both routes.
Agreed but CLT-FCO fills the demand in the summer without any issues and makes money. It isn't as if they are selling all the seats at junk yields. Even with traffic down 25-30%, it still would have made money.
PHL-BUD actually does have premium traffic as well as the leisure component (unlike DBV) which is why I'm surprised to see it go away. I have no clue what industry the premium traffic is associated with but there is a decent amount there, albeit mostly connecting. I also don't expect Americans as a whole to stop wanting to go to Eastern Europe and for a lot of people BUD and PRG have been the jumping off points; now they will either connect in LHR or take another airline.
But business class is filled with AAdvantage mile burn off on FCO, especially from the region that the route served from its captive area. Same for JFK-FCO.