Number of flights down 2% - no mention of TSA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Sunny Goth, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Here are some numbers --

    Carriers are offering 950,083 fewer seats this August as compared to last August, and flights are down by 21,401. That' an overall 2% drop according to the article.

    Weather's been good, on-time arrivals are at 80%, lost baggage claims are down, and extended tarmac waits are down - so what's the problem? They blame it on 'the usual suspects' of bag fees, full planes, high fares, and mergers - and the problems that mergers cause. No where in the article is the TSA even mentioned.

    I find this unbelievable.

    Skies friendlier, but air traveler complaints soaring
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Planes are full because fewer planes are flying, so that argument is off the table. I doubt bag fees cause many to turn away but does signal the lower quality of service provided by the airlines. High fares will certainly cause some to find other means of travel. Can someone point out an airline merger in the last 12 months?
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Regarding bag fees, by far the largest carrier in the U.S. Southwest allows everyone to check two 50# bags free of charge., and there are many exceptions for other airlines that don't always require elite status, e.g. the right credit card will get you a free bag. Plus a lot of people don't think about baggage fees until they get to the airport & get socked. The impact of bag fees is a lot less than people might think.

    I think the major reason for the drop is the overall flying experience, and TSA is at the heart of that, along with impersonal & often uncaring airline policies/employees.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Southwest & AirTran
  5. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    That's what I think too.
  6. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    And the US Airways and AA merger isn't off the table yet. In the absence of a a buyer AA likely will go the way of Eastern, TWA and Pan Am.

    Either way they will be four major domestic carriers standing and their futures aren't looking any too shiny.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    US Airways' last merger was an unmitigated disaster. I'll have to order plenty of cases of beer & popcorn to watch this one.

    Doug Parker (US) has already been rejected by Delta & United, in both cases prior to their recent mergers. Rumor was that CO's Jeff Smisek (now CEO of United) called United's then CEO & reminded him that Jeff was a lot prettier than Doug.

    Too bad about AA. I hardly flew them because being based at MSP my flying was centered around NW & their partners DL & CO, but I never had any bad vibes or feelings about AA. They deserve better than Doug Parker & US; unfortunately, that's all that's left.
  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Has there been a successful US Airways merger? When they were Alleghany their moniker was Agony Airlines, then they became US Air and the Useless Air name emerged.

    They are proof that the industry has been in a race to the bottom and those who offer the lowest level of customer service are the winners.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You would have to put successful in quotes, but there was U.S. Airways & America West. The dominant partner was America West, headed by Doug Parker, but they kept the U.S. Airways name. While U.S. Airways & America West were still giving each other serious bouts of indigestion, they made a bid for Delta during their C-11 bankruptcy.
  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Oh yes, America West. Another of the airlines I flew and now exist only in memories.

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