A change in routing strategy for USAirways

USAirways plans to deemphasize hubs in favor of more point to point service.

I’m in general a big fan of the currently disfavored hub and spoke system, but USAirways is desperate. They lost $177 million last quarter with post-bankruptcy costs and their Philadelphia hub is being challenged by Southwest.

Besides, USAirways has poorly placed hubs to begin with. With Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, USAirways passengers are constantly overflying USAirways hubs. They aren’t positioned for passenger convenience, but merely duplicate service. And with existing concentration cities in places like Washington, DC, Boston, and LaGuardia, their most lucrative routes bypass their hubs to begin with.

USAirways desperation watch continues…

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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