Weird New Route of the Day

Horizon has announced new San Jose-Sacramento service. Umm, yeah, I’ll buy a ticket on that route. (Though sometimes an extra easy segment can come in handy.)

Cranky Flier explains what’s going on:

Billings to Helena? San Jose to Sacramento? Yeah, that’s just odd. Basically they’re creating round-robin trips where you fly from point A to point B to point C and then back to point A. These have never really worked well for airlines in the past, so I’m not sure what makes them think this will be a winner this time.

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  1. Shorter routes tend to have a higher ratio of revenue to fuel cost. This is an extreme case, but I’m sure that operators of smaller aircraft are struggling to find routes on which the revenue has a chance to meet costs.

  2. If Horizon’s SJC-SMF is weird, what does that make ExpressJet’s Santa Barbara – Sacramento?

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