3 Links I Love: Last Week’s Schedule Changes, A Wizz of an Interview, Private Airports

Links I Love

This week’s featured link

OAG Changes 8/25/2020:Cuts Begin for 21;DL DROPS NUMEROUS ROUTES INTL ROUTES FOR SUMMER 2021, Adds SEA-ONT,MSP-TVCAirliners.net
Since I was on vacation, I didn’t post a look at last week’s schedule changes. But you can still get your fix with this weekly post which gets put up on airliners.net. Fear not, Skeds of air Lines will return next week.

Image of the week: Never before I have seen Yosemite so empty, and I’m sure it’ll never be that way again. This was as close to an aviation connection as it got on this trip. There was one trail that was narrow and crowded enough that we popped our masks on. But most of the time, we were on our own.

Two for the road

Interview: Wizz Air CEO Reveals His Abu Dhabi Emergence PlansAirways
You know the drill. I’m a sucker for an interview.

Privatizing Airports Is a No-BrainerThe Atlantic
It sounds so easy. Let’s just have cities sell airports and get a bunch of money. But it’s not that easy. You’ll remember Midway tried this and it failed to come together. The problem is that airports need revenue growth for investors to make money. And for a lot of airports, there are only so many ways to make that happen.

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8 comments on “3 Links I Love: Last Week’s Schedule Changes, A Wizz of an Interview, Private Airports

    1. You beat me to it. For shame, Cranky, for shame. ;-)

      I’m surprised Cranky hasn’t posted a picture of his Biscoff-loving son wearing one of the “REMOVE FOR BISCOFF” Cranky masks.

      I flew recently with my Cranky mask (the “BREATHE NORMALLY, OXYGEN IS FLOWING EVEN IF THE MASK DOES NOT INFLATE” mask) and got a few good smiles from the FAs because of it (at least I think; hard to tell if someone is smiling when they are wearing a mask).

      Also wore my Cranky airport layout shirts and had a Delta ramper who was bringing gate-checked items up to the jetway compliment me on my ATL shirt, and this in an airport 1000 miles away from ATL.

  1. just to be clear, the a.net schedule change information is not in the same league as what you provide for a couple reasons.
    the greater detail does not change the fact that capacity is measured by the number of seat miles flown, not changes in flights – which is what that post measures.
    second, capacity as you measure it is done on a year over year or at least period over period basis, the latter of which has been more relevant this year as airline strategies have changed month to month. There is far less value in looking at schedule filing over schedule filing since no two airlines file schedules on the same basis. The amount of arguing that goes on over there based on incomplete or factually incorrect data comparisons is breathtaking to say the least.

    psst….. if you can put a mask on for a picture, you can fly. The skies are safe. For someone that depends on air travel for your business (which is admittedly not reflective of what you make off this blog), you need to set an example and get on a plane. When a certain aviation reporter in Seattle posts consistently about how long it has been since he was on a plane and has a pinned tweet discouraging air travel, you have to question about how much he really has invested in the recovery of the airline and aerospace industry.

    1. Tim – I couldn’t disagree with you more. My business does depend upon people traveling, but I’m not going to just get on airplane for no reason.
      If I had a business reason to travel, I would. And it’s possible I’ll do that in October. But the most responsible thing to do is to only travel when needed. Does that go against what makes my business successful?
      Yes. Do I care? No. Because the health of people is more important than that. I do think it’s relatively safe to travel, and I’ve said that before. But everything comes with risk, and there’s no reason to take on more than necessary during this pandemic.

      1. Thanks for your reply and comments.

        You have traveled for leisure before; I don’t see why that can’t happen now esp. for people that have a vested interest in the recovery of the travel industry. There might not be conferences that you have attended in the past happening right now so you clearly cannot travel for the business reasons you have before but personal and leisure travel is your choice.

        It is safe to return certain parts of life to normal with adaptation even in the current covid world. There will be no complete elimination of this disease or the one after that or the one after that.

        You, of course, are free to make your choices.

        I encourage all stakeholders in the aerospace and travel industries to show their support for the return of health of those industries as a sign of leadership to the broader communities in which we live.

        as always, thank you for allowing expression of a diversity of opinions.

    2. I traveled in an Airstream trailer with my family when I was a kid. It was the only real family vacation we ever took. I still have fond memories of that trip and the chance we had to bond. I vividly remember pulling into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was much smaller then. My mother had put a pot roast in the oven, and the smell permeated the gas station we had stopped at to get fuel (and that car used a lot of it, especially pulling a trailer). Those are the little memories that have become more important as I’m getting older.

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