This.They move the occ and their families and pets. They also put the people who stay behind in hotels near occ so they can keep occ open until DTW is ready and then they are close to open it back up when the storm has passed. They operate at least 4 repos to move all these people. All flights fully staffed with FAs due to amount of people. Food, hotels and transportation to and from hotels to back up occ. over time. Double time. Per Diems. Maybe it’s not 20 million. But it’s high enough to where they are giving serious consideration to moving their occ out of Florida
You gotta figure it’s not just one flight due to duty limitations. Plus hotels for 200 people for a week. Food, over time, transportation, it’s significant.
200 people times $750 for a week of hotel (being conservative) is $150,000.
4 hour flight times 200 people assuming $35/hr average pay is $28,000.
Say 4 flights so you’re paying what, $2k for the crew per flight? (Haven’t seen the Pilot or FA rates, so guessing) and that’s $8,000. Not to factor in deadhead or hotel costs for them.
Food for 200 people for 7 days assuming $15 meal and 3 meals a day is $63,000.
That’s almost a quarter of a million right there before we get into the cost of the flights themselves, over time, other flight cancellations to get the planes available, or additional staff being moved.
That’s a significant cost that the company can only control by getting their SOC permanently out of the path of hurricanes. I don’t know any other airline that wants to add this kind of cost to their books every year with no recourse to stop it.
Anyone wanna add the fuel required for this flight?
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