My name is Del Palmar, and I have been on airplanes for most of my adult life. As a merchandiser for a large American retail chain, I fly around the country and sometimes beyond for my job.
With all the experiences and time spent in airports, you would think I would have a better outlook on traveling, but don't get me going! I've got a lot to complain about as the aviation industry takes a dive bomb. Continental connections have now become a traveler's nightmare. With the plunge in airline sales for various reasons (economy, ticket prices, airport taxes, etc.), there needs to be a change in how the airline industry is run.
I'm not here to rave about the golden age of aviation history when flight attendants were stewardesses, and you could smoke on a plane. Well, maybe a bit. But what I really want to do is inject some logic into an entire industry on the brink of collapse.
What the airlines need to do is stop buying these super jets, that take everyone to a hub airport only to board another super jet, and maybe another before reaching your final destination. This is done only to maximize the company's bottom line, however, it's at the expense of their client's convenience.
On continental flights (Canada, Mexico, and USA), there should be only direct flights available to most major cities. The airlines should start to use smaller aircrafts which consume less fuel. In turn, the airline could increase the services provided and be able to charge more, thereby making up their profits. These smaller jets could now service direct flights to most, if not all major continental airports. For an example on this business model, you only need to look at Europe, and all the budget airlines services the majority of the continent's airports with direct flights. No continental connections.
Follow along my journeys, with the complaints of an old man about continental connections throughout North America.
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