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Something really simple – the erosion of co-operation (in travellers interest of course) thanks to the rise of the point to point carrier.
Remember years ago you in the days of Shuttle, you could travel on BA or BD even if on the ‘competitors’ ticket. Probably seen as anti-competitive now but the aim seemed to be convenience for the passenger willing to pay full price.
Of course, the demise of BA Shuttle was long before the rise of the low cost airline. I think though that calling them ‘low cost’ is a misnomer, they are low service airlines.
The risk of booking connecting flights has been systematically passed on to the passenger while low-service airlines feign sympathy but insist that a missed flight is none of their concern.
On a recent flight from Wick to London I couldn’t check my luggage through as it was booked seperately. Yet in years passed you could.