This just in: people hate connecting flights

2913812056_beb1407911.jpgEternal truths: Veritas Aeternas. From MIT, home of smart things, comes this profound insight; people do not like connecting flights. Also breaking from this institution that drinks deeply from the all-wise waters of the Charles River, evidence that flyers prefer first-class seats to sitting in the baggage hold. Seriously folks, enough snark. The MIT working paper from Steven Berry at Yale and Panle Jia at MIT takes a very disciplined economic look at some of the ups and downs of the airline industry in the past year or two. Among their findings is the fact that “the number of passengers on a direct flight would reduce by almost four-fifths when a layover is added to the route.”

They also conclude that even though it used to be cheaper for an airline to put a flyer on a connecting rather than on a non-stop610x.jpg or direct flight, by 2006 it was more expensive. They say that channelling passengers through a hub airport may let carriers increase their


load factor, but it also requires extra fuel, both for the two extra landings and the longer distances passengers have to travel. Okay, now that fuel is way down, is this still true? Well, we know what passenger preferences are…Just ask these folks who missed their connections…

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