Smaller cities in airline squeeze

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/03/4461644/smaller-cities-in-airline-squeeze.html

    It took Josh Hunter three separate planes, two connections and a two-hour drive to get from Mobile, Ala., to Cincinnati at Easter. When he added it all up, his 720-mile trip had lasted 12 hours – the same it would have taken him to drive.

    "The whole point of flying should be to save a lot of time, and I didn't," Hunter said.
    For anyone trying to fly between the smaller cities in the United States, it's not easy to get from here to there anymore.

    The major airlines have been paring service for much of the last decade. But their cutbacks accelerated three years ago as carriers merged, fuel prices spiked and the recession reduced demand for seats. Even after the economy started to recover and passengers came back, the big airlines did not restore many of their flights, particularly on routes to small airports, as they sought to bolster their profits.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/03/4461644/smaller-cities-in-airline-squeeze.html#storylink=cpy
     
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    Interesting food for thoughts!:confused:
     
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    Not to sound like a heartless jerk, but if the economics of the airline industry have changed to the point where it's unprofitable to fly to smaller cities, then the airlines shouldn't do it. They're not charities, they're businesses.
     
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    why couldnt he have connected in Dallas, Houston, Memphis, or Atlanta? i'm sure they have nonstops to cinci
     
  5. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    More miles/segments? :D
     
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    well, all of us already know that WE would welcome the extra segment/miles. :cool: Holmes, in the write-up, was complaining. If it were an award tik, I could see this being accurate
     
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    Or drive to New Orleans and a) get a one stop flight and b)probably spend less as, it is a bigger airport with more airlines to chose from.
     

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