Is the airline industry at risk of a network disconnect, as the relationship between short- and long-haul operations evolves and airlines look to maximise their profits?
Low-cost carriers have aggressively taken short-haul market share, putting intense pressure on legacy airline yields and pushing their focus on to long-haul routes.
For a long-haul carrier to be successful you need feed, but for the low-cost model to work you need simplicity. With carriers like British Airways having scaled back their short-haul presence, partly in response to low-cost competition, there's an obvious disconnect there.
How will these two contradictory objectives tie together as we move forward?
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