TriL1011Star wrote:I have noticed this ever since I was a kid, in the 1980's when we would fly down to Florida.
Back in those days, There would be packed L-1011's, DC-10's and all of the big aircraft, just full of people. But, on the way BACK, it was just the opposite. On the way back home, we'd always end up on little planes such as the DC-9's and the 727's, and those were lucky to be a full flight.
Why is this? People that go on vacation have to come back sometime, so why aren't the flights westbound just as full as the ones coming in?
UALFAson wrote:The above responses are good explanations of why load factors could be lower coming back versus going down. But you're probably misremembering about airplane types. Once that L-1011 or DC-10 got down to MCO, it didn't just disappear. It had to go on to somewhere, most likely back to the hub or city from which it came.
Back in the 80s, airlines didn't have the computer systems in place to switch aircraft models for the same flight on different days of the week. But they could schedule different sized airplanes at different times. Meaning if you flew down to MCO at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday when tons on people were going, it's understandable that you were on board a large aircraft. But if your family chose to fly home Tuesday afternoon when fewer people were traveling, it makes more sense you would be on a smaller plane. At the end of the day, the number and types of planes into an airport has to exactly equal the number and types of planes out.
jetstar wrote:A lot of visitors often start their vacation in Orlando and then head out to explore other areas of Florida via a rental car and drop off the rental car at another Florida airport. I know that car rental companies during certain times of the year have to ship cars back by truck to Orlando because of this. I have seen car rental companies even impose one way drop off charges if rented in Orlando and returned somewhere else.
I have done the reverse and rented cars at other Florida airports and returned it to Orlando and found the rental rates were cheaper with no drop off charges than doing it the other way because they needed their cars back in Orlando.
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