Yes you are quite right it doesn't make much sense. But the 100 daily flights via KWI to DXB can't get a better ORS rating than a direct flight from JED -> DXB. So I should get the direct traffic at least as the only flight?
My point is this is not about me or my airline, it’s just a general query about whether it is actually worth looking at real life traffic which AS claims is the basis for the ‘simulation’.
I’m really starting to get disillusioned as to the accuracy of the traffic allocation which really makes it all pointless.
I like the game so I really want to be persuaded it even remotely resembles the real world.
AS demand data is - as Matth already said - based on real traffic data, spread over regions etc…
However, real traffic data is supply, not demand.
Take cargo to make it obvious:
If I want to ship something from Da Nang to Milwaukee, it very very likely is processed through ANC. So while taffic data tells me ANC is big, it tells me nothing about demand.
Still, AS managed to model it to a playable extend - pax demand at least.
The accuracy of the traffic allocation you query is my major gripe since long.
Like I said in my example above. On top of the ORS you get the biggest share of pax allocated, but that share decreases with number of ORS entries increasing. Allocation is based on frequencies.
So even if there are hundreds of pax demand for JED-DXB, you wouldn’t fill your 320 when someone else floods the ORS with hundred daily flights - no matter how much better your ORS score is.
Of course, in real life you could expect to get most of the bookings on your 320. Only few would really book via KWI. That’s where the game is different, killing it for newbies to some extend.