OK, I get the limitations of the number of slots in Tokyo (it may not be the AWS paradise that it appears to be with having the two largest airlines in the world right now), and I appreciate that things might start changing shortly.
But I am talking about NOW, in 1956, something is very seriously wrong with Tokyo's numbers!!!!!
With all due respect to you, Curse (I know you've been playing a lot longer than I have, and I respect that), it's NOT about long haul vs. short haul routes. I've looked at the numbers carefully, and I'm talking about comparing apples to apples.
Let's compare Tokyo against JFK (or "Idlewild" in 1956). There is MORE demand for flights from Tokyo to LHR (avg. 835 per day) than there is from JFK to LHR (avg. 720 per day)!!
And compare JFK to San Francisco against Tokyo to Dubai. Both are relatively long-haul routes, but they have similar demands for business class passengers. (Hard to tell exactly by the graphs, but it appears the Tokyo-Dubai route actually has MORE business class demand). That is REALLY hard for me to believe, since Dubai didn't build their airport until 1959!!!!! In 1956, they were still using seaplanes! (Check out the Wikipedia page for Dubai's airport). Dubai as a town only got electricity and telephone service in the 1950s, and you're telling me it has more business class air traffic coming in on seaplanes from Tokyo than NY/SF? Come on!!
Then there's the Tokyo-Sapporo route compared to JFK-Detroit. Same distance exactly (442NM vs. 441NM). Japan still rebuilding from the war, while NY was economic capital of the world and Detroit was home to over 50% of the world's automotive industry at the time. But average demand on the Tokyo-Sapporo route right now is 27 times greater than JFK to Detroit!!!! Again, COME ON!!!!! Where are these numbers coming from?!!
The list goes on... more demand from Tokyo to Hiroshima than from JFK to LAX. Sorry to be crass, but do you know what Hiroshima looked like in 1956?
Again, I am not talking about things to come with the next few years, and I'm not talking about the frustrations of playing in an airport with very few slots. I am talking about the reality of the absurd demand levels out of Tokyo airport in 1956. Period.
Isn't there anyone else who sees these numbers as WAY out of line?
(Fair disclosure: until last night (real time), I was flying out of Detroit, and I bankrupted myself to try to figure out a better location... at this point, I've tried three spots, and I feel like I've now missed the boat on being competitive in this game... I know sticking it out in Detroit might have been the best strategy, but that's besides the point!)