Busiest routes/flights

Old Aug 18, 17, 11:16 am
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Busiest routes/flights

A question out of curiosity, what are in your experience very busy routes/flights which are almost always overbooked?
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Old Aug 19, 17, 4:37 am
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AMS-DUB, but also the major US hubs, so AMS-IAD/SFO/LAX/ATL/JFK
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Old Aug 19, 17, 8:08 am
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AMS-TLV is very often overbooked, I think I probably have about 50% chance of getting an opup, and almost always the OLCI upgrade offer is at <100€
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When airlines work on a basis of load factors of about 85%, including about 80% short/medium haul and about 87-88% long haul, all routes are basically very busy, and much of what you can observe is not about a room being busier or less busy but about the wrong planes being used for a given route/period.

Routes are also more or less busy in given periods. For instance, flights between CDG-NCE, ATH, TLV, JFK, or MEX in August will often be over-booked, but conversely, the same CDG-ATH, CDG-TLV, or CDG-MEX on a random mid-November Wednesday may often have empty seats. Conversely, on big summer weekends, ORY-BOD or ORY-MPL can be totally booked up, but out of season, I have sometimes had them with less than a third of seats taken.
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Old Aug 20, 17, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post
When airlines work on a basis of load factors of about 85%, including about 80% short/medium haul and about 87-88% long haul, all routes are basically very busy, and much of what you can observe is not about a room being busier or less busy but about the wrong planes being used for a given route/period.

Routes are also more or less busy in given periods. For instance, flights between CDG-NCE, ATH, TLV, JFK, or MEX in August will often be over-booked, but conversely, the same CDG-ATH, CDG-TLV, or CDG-MEX on a random mid-November Wednesday may often have empty seats. Conversely, on big summer weekends, ORY-BOD or ORY-MPL can be totally booked up, but out of season, I have sometimes had them with less than a third of seats taken.
I would also add that the nature of the route is important. E.g. ams-vie on a Thursday evening in winter could easily be overbooked due to business travel (a friend used to travel that route every week) while the same flight in August might not be overbooked.
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Old Aug 21, 17, 2:08 am
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The KL flights AMS-NBO-AMS are also often overbooked in both classes!
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Old Aug 21, 17, 2:45 am
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Frankly, this thread is going nowhere. All routes are busy, frequently overbooked, busier during summer versus winter for most of them, busier in the morning and evening for medium-haul routes, etc etc
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