End of early-morning RDU-DCA?

Old Jun 18, 18, 3:09 pm
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End of early-morning RDU-DCA?

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For years, there's been an early morning RDU-DCA flight that gets in around 7 or 7:30 AM; it's always packed with people flying from the universities and companies up for day meetings in DC. Now it looks like there's nothing that gets in before about 9 and it also requires a change in CLT (adding additional schedule risk on a day trip).

Anyone know what's behind the change and if it's just temporary?
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Old Jun 18, 18, 3:22 pm
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On many dates, there still is a flight that gets into DCA around 7AM.

However, it seems to be only weekdays thru September, then every day except Sat. thru end of schedule.
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Old Jun 18, 18, 3:45 pm
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The RDU-DCA flight schedules have always been heavily weighted towards business travel. On peak weekdays you can see anywhere from 7-10x daily, while on Saturdays, holidays, and other off peak times that can drop down to 2-3x daily.
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Old Jun 18, 18, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by BlueDuke View Post
Now it looks like there's nothing that gets in before about 9 and it also requires a change in CLT (adding additional schedule risk on a day trip).
There's a 6:40am Delta CR7. Do yourself a favor and stick to non-stops.
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Old Jun 23, 18, 7:03 pm
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Ah, it was just July 4 week---guess they figure there would be reduced business travel. The early-morning nonstop are there on other weeks. Annoying in the short-run, since I do have a meeting July 2, but looks like I can continue to experience the joy that is 35X in subsequent months.
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