Do airlines cancel flights if there are only a few passengers?


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NO, because a lack of passengers isn't one of the reasons why your flight may be cancelled.

The myth is fuelled by the belief that it’s not worth the cost to operate a near empty flight, but travel insiders have said that airlines won't cancel a flight simply because there are only a few passengers on board.

One is travel agency owner and former airline employee Anthony Klang.

"What seems to be forgotten is that the aircraft are needed elsewhere. I have been on jet flights with as few as eight people and been one of two people on a commuter flight,” he said in an interview.

"Contrary to popular belief, airlines don’t cancel flights just to save money, for instance if there aren’t enough passengers to make it worth their while," she wrote in a post on her blog.

Jerrard added in the same post that most flights are interconnected, being part of a complex route.

Another point to consider is that airlines would usually need to reimburse passengers if flights are cancelled or delayed.

"If your flight is delayed or cancelled, your airline will most likely need to provide you with compensation to help you get your travel plans back on track," said the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom).

Compensation will depend on the nature of the delay or cancellation. These may include meals, telephone Internet access, hotel accommodation, offering alternative flight or a full refund.

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