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Mr Michael- an interesting question. I would say no, because your absence from the last flight sector doesn’t actually cost the airline anything. Indeed, it saves them cash (albeit very marginally) because it’s not having to pay for the extra fuel burn/cost of you plus luggage, refreshments and so on. Plus it just might be able to sell your seat again if you don’t show- perhaps to a passenger on standby.

I think this just underlines the absurdity of a system whereby it costs more to fly less. Emirates today were offering business class returns in an ad from London to Hanoi (via Dubai) cheaper than London to Dubai. And as we all know, every airline seems to do it, at least in Europe.

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