Budget airlines are increasingly offering once-weekly flights, from Frontier's new service between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Princess Juliana International
Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten to Southwest's new connection from Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) to Orlando. But why do airlines fly a route weekly?
The answer is complex and involves several financial and economic issues. One-weekly flights are rarer than low-cost carriers'.
In busy airports, airlines with weekly routes need fewer gate space and landing slots. An airline's gate workers, luggage handlers
A carrier can cut costs and surcharges by limiting its airport presence. The airline can also avoid weekend airport fees by flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays,
Using a jet once a week frees it up for other use. Many airlines may fly many locations with one plane, maximizing fleet utilization.
Higher load factors are easier for airlines that fly a route weekly. Daily airlines are unlikely to fill their jets constantly.
On a weekly basis, an airline may fly one plane to a different destination. The airline will likely make more money than utilizing
Once-weekly flights offer carriers an unexpected perk. A roundtrip flight on a one-day-a-week airline requires a week at a location.
Weekly travels can generate big income for airlines and hotels and resorts. Airlines can tailor point and mile redemption and earning agreements