I am curious to see what people’s thoughts are on scheduling on routes where demand is too low to warrant a daily flight.
You can schedule 4 days a week but that means that 2 of the days must share the same catchment for the passenger allocations. This gives you 3 days for another schedule but this gives you a 2 day bridge no matter what where there are no flights.
I don’t see the point in having just one weekly flight because it will only collect passenger allocations 72hrs before departure. So the other 4 days passengers can not book at all.
What are your thoughts on optimising low frequency schedules?
In a market that service is hardly available, for example, those tiny islands in the Pacific. It is completely rational to run a 2 or 3 times per week flight. Because the daily demand would not be enough to support a full plane, you will need 2 or 3 days to fill a plane. Most importantly, the lack of available service means that all demand will go to you.
However, I am obessed to make my flight daily under normal circumstances, even long haul over 12 hours each leg
Another problem are staff costs because every station will need at least two employees (three with cargo). Having only two weekly flights to a certain destination makes it hard to even pay their salaries, especially when you use small aircraft. The only viable solution is increasing connections to ensure that the flight you offer satisfies as many travellers’ demands as possible. Most airports would be able to fill 20 seats a day, you just need to fulfil their wishes.