The other day I came across a reference to a 1964 KLM schedule for London Heathrow to Amsterdam flight having 1 hour 0 minutes duration. The same route today has a scheduled time of 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes duration, despite aircraft getting considerably faster in the interim.
Scott McCartney explains at The Middle Seat that scheduled flight times are continuing to grow, reflecting:
- increased customer (and regulator) demand for on-time performance
- hubs are getting more crowded
- air space is getting more crowded
- airlines flying slower to save fuel
- in the case of Southwest a change in stance from being ambivalent about arriving a few minutes early or late to preferring to arrive a few minutes early
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