Originally Posted by Austin1971
I noticed that also. I think they did it to drive the price up. If you check Delta's outbound flights on Monday the 18th they are bringing in larger planes to move the people out. I'm not an airline industry expert but that is what it looks like to me....Anyone have any input on this tactic?
Last year on the Monday after the race, over 20,000 people were trying to fly out of Austin at the same time. But when they arrived, it was more staggerded, so the smaller jets are sufficient for the staggered arrivals, and larger jets are needed for the mass exodus.
As far as using smaller planes to drive prices up, I don't believe this to be the case. Smaller planes that are full to capacity are more profitable than larger one that are not. So it only makes sense to adjust the aircraft to the demand. Plus, if Delta used that strategy, smaller planes = higher fares, they would lose passengers to the competition with lower fares.