PDX- Underserved route, but little connections
RDU- Underserved route, 20+ connections, but just gained new European flight
SLC- Massively underserved, lots of connections but limited capacity right now.
Despite AvGeeks' constant use of the word, there's rarely such a thing as an "underserved" route....
In my mind, the term underserved referenced when there’s high demand/pax count but low service frequencies. Airports like RDU and SLC could easily support new service to London. And I say SLC is massively underserved because it only has 1 daily service, which isn’t even operating right now.
The first three words in your response are the operative.
And no, SLC is not "massively underserved," if anything it was "massively over-served" due to how comparatively little longhaul O&D at yield it generated for an operation its size, particularly relative to all of the hubs surrounding it. Current conditions seem to be a correction of that.
Wouldn't be surprising to see an eventual buildup, as worldwide travel conditions improve; but the fact that markets like AUS, MSY, and BNA got their TATLs back before SLC, should give you a clue as to the relative importance of the latter's TATL market relative to airlines' finances.
I agree that the word is certainly overused on here, but they're plenty of underserved routes that airlines aren't operating for one reason or another.
99% of the time, it's one reason and one reason only: because there's more money to be made elsewhere
, than increasing capacity on those "underserved" (nonsense) routes.
AvGeeks have got to get this through their heads: pax numbers mean nothing, if yield (in excess of opportunity cost) don't accompany them
And they also need to keep in mind that those conditions are not static: what worked (i.e. provided sufficient yield) in 2019 might not be the case in 2022, particularly in light of economic shifts that we've seen in several industries.
If Delta wanted/needed that route to be operating right now, they would be operating it.
There's really no way around this conclusion.
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