Mayer and Sinai's study also identified the real culprit: the
deliberate overscheduling of flights at peak periods by major
airlines trying to increase the amount of connecting traffic at
their hub airports. Major airlines like United, Delta, and American
use a hub-and-spoke model as a way to offer consumers more flight
choices and to save money by centralizing operations. Most of the
traffic they send through a hub is on the way to somewhere else.
(Low-cost carriers, on the other hand, typically carry passengers
from one point to another without offering many connections.)
Kottke, Tragedy of the Airport: Why
you get stuck for hours at O'Hare
Hoade and I flew Northwest
Airlines to Las Vegas, with a conection in Detroit—Detroit being a
major (if not the major) hub for Northwestern, and the terminal is
huge—so huge that it has light rail running from one end of the
terminal to the other.
THOUGHT: Airlines will always fly you through a
notes taken during the trip
I'm convinced that had I decided to fly Northwestern to Detroit, I would
have a connecting flight through Atlanta. Airlines seem incapable of flying
one directly to a destination.
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