|Quoting enilria (Reply 52):|
How can MEM-MCO not be daily in March with $45 oil??? It defies explanation.
No it doesn't. The "explanation" was that the route was doing poorly and had no demand. If it was a cash cow, it would still be there. MEM
, etc etc. are all in the place they are because no one was filling the planes (just because a flight was "full", doesn't mean anything. It may as well be 80% nonrevs taking advantage of the dead route, which is a common occurrence.) not because the airline wanted to piss off the people in those cities.
If there was a goldmine in Cincinnati, or Memphis, Saint Louis, whatever, the airlines would still be there. But there was no gold mine, and Delta was bankrupt when the CVG
hub was at it's peak, so they left or reduced service or closed the hub. And most demand in places like CVG
, and MEM
seems to be increasingly leaning toward the likes of B6
, and G4
because that is what the bulk of the local populations can seem to afford and appreciate.
High fares in Cincinnati, Cleveland, etc from DL
, were due to the fact that no one was flying there, so they needed to raise the ticket prices so their ends met. But not even raising the ticket prices could retain some routes, so they had to be cut.
There's no rocket science behind these route cut decisions or hub closures. If it isn't making money, it's going to be cut. Simple as that.
No smart business is going to run away from a potential gold mine. Cincinnati, Memphis, whatever, these were not goldmines, so they ran way, quite literally.
-LPDAL[Edited 2015-01-16 10:25:14]
[Edited 2015-01-16 10:25:46]
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