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AirTran Does It Backwards

One of the most basic things about the air travel biz is that demand is not equally spread out across the week. Simply put, more people fly on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays than on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Airlines know this, and often operate fewer flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as a result.

Which brings us to AirTran’s odd new schedule from CLT. Beginning May 4, they’re offering two flights a day to Baltimore, a daily Orlando flight, and these offerings to Atlanta:

311 6:40a 8:03a Daily
312 12:15p 1:36p X145
322 3:32p 4:47p Daily

So a 12:15pm departure except on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays? Got me why they’re doing that.

5 Responses to “AirTran Does It Backwards”

  • Apr
    28
    2010

    Maybe on 1,4, and 5 they are using the equipment on a route with higher demand that operates between two other city pairs, that would validate your thesis. This would allow them to shift the equipment to maximize revenue. You’d have to look at their master schedule.

  • Apr
    28
    2010

    AirTran operates a bunch of specials in and out of Orlando, Nassau, and Atlanta that seem to use service only on a single day or group of days, especially 1 and 5 (Monday and Friday) to get tourists in and out of major tourist destinations. No ops in or out of Charlotte on 4 (Thursday) may have to do with positioning the equipment for Friday service. I’m going to guess that the equipments that ops Charlotte 2, 3, 6 and 7 goes elsewhere 1, 4, and 7 Guess the Mouse beats the Log Flume.

  • Apr
    28
    2010

    If only it were because of the House of the Mouse. That would be so much better. AirTran is now battling Allegiant in offering a couple day a week flights to Orlando and Tampa from secondary destinations. Those operate either 246 or 135 though with maybe a Sunday frequency thrown in as well.

    From ATL, most everything but that one flight to CLT is daily or maybe down just a weekend frequency down from daily. There’s only one exception: Service to the casinos of Tunica, MS, which operates x236 and at almost the exact times of day. Yes, Tunica.

    Surprised though that the x145 flight to Charlotte exists. With the imbalance in seating — less seats on the days when more people are traveling, more seats on the days fewer people are traveling, it makes it extremely difficult to fill their Tuesday and Wednesday flights to yield. And if AirTran were doing great in Charlotte, they’d be adding flights, not cutting their schedule.

  • Apr
    29
    2010

    Mike, I can only conclude that Uptown needs to build casinos.

  • Apr
    29
    2010

    As the Economic Downturn continues and Charlotte begins to resemble Sugar Ditch in Tunica, Casino’s on Lake Norman may be the next big thing.

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