The question is this: Why do connecting flights on an airline trip cost less than direct flights?
It doesn't make any sense, either for the consumer or for the airline. Connecting flights cost a lot more -- in terms of time, manpower, resources, fuel, every measurable economic metric I can think of. It would seem to be economically unsound to charge less for connecting flights. And yet, that's the standard in air travel. Can someone explain this to me? Much obliged.