LHUSA wrote:psa1011 wrote:Scarebus34 wrote:
This route was suspended due to the Covid situation in India - if they continue to stabilize, my guess is the route will resume. There is really no downside to leaving it open for sale as they can rebook pax thru ewr/sfo if needed.
Isn't it kind of a misrepresentation to sell a non-stop, most likely at a premium, when UA knows there's a good chance the flight won't even operate?
We’re coming out of a global pandemic. People seem to be forgetting that. Markets can disappear or develop overnight. Look at Europe, most flights are full (aside from LHR) - LFs jumped over 40 points in a matter of 10 days. United and other airlines are not operating by their normal playbooks, even still.
I think I'm focused on scarebus34's post about there being no downside for UA in selling tickets on flights that might not even operate since pax can simply be re-routed through SFO or EWR. We all know, however, that many domestic routes have not yet resumed (e.g., SFO-STL/ATL/MSY/IND etc, for which btw UA has also been selling and then removing nonstop options), and seem be pushed back ever further this year. So rerouting through SFO adds a stop from many domestic markets.
Obviously the pandemic is still causing airlines to have to constantly reevaluate their plans, but I hope the "no downside" comment doesn't imply that they wouldn't adjust fares downward in the event of a majorly inconvenient rerouting.