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Old Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:32 PM
BrianTH BrianTH is offline
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Originally Posted by Don't Be That Guy View Post
Admittedly, I don't know how the economics of how airlines pick routes, but one would think that PIT could achieve more direct routes with airlines operating smaller planes. Despite the Southwest approach, not every route has to be flown on a 737 to be feasible does it? Maybe I'm just longing for the days when USAir was flying little Embraer jets from PIT to every airport east of the Mississippi.
Routes have certain fixed costs related to things like gates, marketing, and so on. And there is also a quirk to fuel economics based on the fact takeoffs and landings consume so much fuel, and lower-level cruising takes more fuel than higher-level cruising, all of which is why short hops are not as fuel efficient as you might otherwise think.

By the way, love Montreal. Great get.
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