Coming to the end of the year again, and I just spent ~22 million on 15 more metros to keep the line open and minimise my tax. I'll end up with a small (~1 million) profit for the year. With 31 planes scheduled, 4 planes sitting on the tarmac, I'm making roughly 1 million/week on 2.5 million in revenue. Of my 1.5 million in costs, roughly half (703k/week) is staff.
Overall monthly cost breakdown for 31 planes, across 2 bases:
Staff: 3 million, 100k/plane.
Commonality: 240k, 8k/plane
Insurance: 160k, 5k/plane
Marketing: 260k, 8k/plane
Total overhead: 160k/plane/month.
Breakeven point for flights: $300/hr.
Shortest route: actually between my two bases. BSL-SXB, 57 NM, 2:20 round trip, $2160 profit (17 of 19 seats sold), $926/hour.
Longest route: SXB-BIQ, 488 NM, 5:35 round trip, $2179 profit (16 of 16 seats sold), $390/hour.
Least raw profit: BSL-VBS, 174 NM, 2:55 round trip, $730 profit (6 of 19 seats sold, actual demand looks like
Possibly worst route: BSL-ZAG, 368 NM, 4:45 round trip, $898 profit (7.5 of 17 seats, due to competition), $189/hr.
Overall, making money comfortably, even though I need ~$180/hr to pay the staff. I have comp on some routes, but not a lot. And on the bigger (60+) routes, the comp doesn't make much difference, as I still get my 15 pax. I can afford to subsidise the longer, narrower stuff for now. And even though those longer routes aren't too far above break-even at the moment with 16 pax, there's an extra $80/hr available when I have a Metro III on the route and can sell all 19 seats.
Doesn't seem to be much volume discount as the size of my fleet increases. Owning more of the fleet will make a difference, as it costs $60/hour to pay a plane's lease. Will be interesting to see how much the staff per plane changes when I open in a 3rd airport in 6 months.
My 2212 weekly flights actually puts me in the top 50 overall, and at more than 50% of 10th place. Though I'm outside the top 300 for ASK/RPK.