As I write this post, it’s not a great weather day for San Francisco International Airport — to put it mildly. It’s a cool, very cloudy day, and with the airport’s parallel runway configuration, that means they can only use one runway at a time.
US Airways and Delta Air Lines are moving to eliminate transferring baggage from their flights to connection flights of other airlines. This will present consumers with a major hassle, especially for international flights.
International nonstops flights are great, but they aren’t available to most destinations. When planning travel, many travelers go for the shortest total time, however, the connection point can often be a more important factor.
When there are no non-stop flights, one of the next best alternatives for many fliers is a direct flight — a flight that stops, without a connection. But, there are dangers here too.
In an ideal travel world, all fights would be non-stop. But realistically, that isn’t going to happen. If anything, airline cost-cutting and cutbacks mean less and less of those non-stops. Especially as airlines reduce their presence at one-time hubs. St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and Cincinnati all come to mind as airports with reduced non-stop options. […]
OK, no one actually books a flight saying, “Aisle or window? No thanks, I prefer the middle.” Well, other than certified masochists.