Networks and planning – what lessons can be learned from the last few years
Network planning is the bedrock of airline operations, but the pandemic meant airlines had to throw out their traditional approaches to networks and schedules and adopt more responsive and flexible models. As US capacity touches upon pre-pandemic levels, what are the lessons that can be drawn from the last few years?
With some smaller markets becoming less viable for larger US carriers, how are ultra low cost and start-up airlines viewing their network opportunities?
How are the relationships between US major airlines and their regional partners evolving in light of challenges in pilot hiring and retention?
Are the low cost new entrants in longer haul market rewriting the historical narrative that most of those operators are unsuccessful?