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Old Nov 13, 20, 2:43 am
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Originally Posted by CT-UK View Post
Likely to be abandoned when it has very good yields? How do you know they definitely not operate? Why wouldn't they operate a good route and drop a second or 3rd rotation on another marginal route?
I did not include any certainty in my post but Pittsburgh, Durban, Abu Dhabi, and Osaka were the only 4 long-haul routes that were postponed till April 2021. If DUR performed really well, why should then BA remove from their Winter schedule?

Also, the operating costs for x3 weekly flights at DUR may cost much more than operating an additional daily at JNB and directing passengers to a Comair codeshare. It's not all about the passenger load factor.

Plus, for routes with competition, a second daily or a third daily provides better connecting options for transfer passengers as BA could attract passengers that consider flying another airline at the first point. For Durban, as mentioned above, there is almost no competition as BA and TK are the only carriers that operate direct flights from Europe and both carriers are not operating the route at this time so BA could easily attract passengers going to Durban, even with a connection to Comair via JNB as the other available options are EK via DXB and QR via both DOH and Maputo. The Middle East detour would not be preferred due to the increase that causes in travel time.
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