Will airline hubs recover from COVID-19?

Will airline hubs recover from COVID-19?

Jaap Bouwer, Vik Krishnan, and Steve Saxon – McKinsey & Company

COVID-19 has drastically decreased airline traffic across all routes, but the volume of connecting passengers has been among the hardest hit. Questions have arisen as to whether the current crisis will lead to structural changes within the industry. On the network side, this includes a debate about when and if connecting traffic will return, and whether a rethink of the hub-and-spoke model may be necessary. 

In a hub model, airlines use banks of incoming and outgoing flights to offer passengers a large number of possible itineraries. This model has been a cornerstone of full-service carrier networks across the globe for several decades. 

This article, originally published on McKinsey & Company, details why the hub model will remain relevant postcrisis, but airlines will need to update their operations and network strategies. Read the full article by clicking the link below.

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