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
Via Jason Kottke,
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 connection
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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