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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Keeping the Hub


at 4/21/08, 8:39 PM Anonymous Bearman said...

Great one. I am sick of Delta telling us that we get to pay for the benefits of a hub. Pay a little more...ok, but we pay the most in the country.

You would think that with oil prices what they are, their business model would say that it would be cheaper to get more people direct versus having more flights that connect through a hub.

Give the discount to the hub city and people from Dayton will drive down to fly out of CVG versus the other way around.

at 4/22/08, 8:16 AM Blogger Anonymous said...

Classy Jim. Wonder what side your on?

I have always wanted to say that. (it seems at least one person always says that in your blogs. heck, half the time it doesnt even make any sense when they do... haha i beat them all to the punch... i win)

Carson Palmer will win the Nobel Peace Prize

Mike from Sea Vi Gee

at 4/22/08, 10:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 839, on the surface that seems reasonable, however, the goal of all airlines now is to get as many people as possible into as few planes as possible. Now more than ever the hub network works best for travelers as well as airlines.
The airline that fills the highest percentage of seats at the highest ticket cost per seat wins.

I am happy to drive to SDF to fly with my kids on Southwest anywhere we may go on vacation. But, when the company I work for is willing to pay for me to fly out of CVG, so be it.

Blame Delta, blame whoever you want, but the simple fact remains: Why are fares out of CVG so high? Because we will pay them.

You can go from Day to CVG to LAS (more flying) for less than the nonstop CVG to LAS (less flying)

Just like gas prices, they charge that much because we will pay.
John in Hebron

at 4/22/08, 11:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

boy do i miss the pre-reagan days of regulated airlines. i really don't see one good example of how deregulation has helped the middle class.

at 4/23/08, 4:58 PM Anonymous jacob said...

Delta/CVG say the prices are so high (and outrageous) compared to other airlines/airports due to:
1. the number of non-stop flights to so many destinations
2. the number of international flights

So, then... instead of gouging the average family of 4 going to Florida (via layover in Atlanta) for a summer vacation... why not charge extra for those non-stop flights, and those international flights? Seems to me it costs more in fuel, pilot salaries, etc. to fly to Europe than it would to Florida (but hey, I'm no engineer). So, why don't they raise the price of tickets on the flights that cost the airline more?

Think if the Delta logic applied to other businesses...
A cheeseburger costs $1.00. However, some people like to order 2 cheeseburgers instead of one. So, instead of just charging someone who orders 1 burger - $1.00, and someone who orders 2 burgers - $2.00... charge everyone $1.75 for each burger, (to "absorb the costs" of providing the ability to make more than one cheeseburger for someone).

Okay, maybe my example sucks, but I think my original question still makes sense. Any thoughts?

at 4/24/08, 8:23 PM Anonymous what friendly skies? said...

jacob, the mistake you make is thinking that airline pricing is logical.

just remember its cheaper to fly from dayton thru cincinnati and onto your final destination than it is to fly from cincinnati to your destination.

at 4/25/08, 12:39 PM Anonymous jacob said...

W.F.S. - Ohhhhhh... that's my problem! I haven't lost my logic and common sense like the Delta/CVG higher-ups have. Silly me. Thanks for clearing that up! ;-D

P.S. Actually, that was 1 of 2 possible answers I came up with for my questions... the other answer being, of course - they're GREEDY and like to stick it to their customers!

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