Not true--short haul is more profitable.
No. There is a reason why it's smart to start a game flying long haul.
The only reason long haul *may* have an edge over short haul is because of the F/C demand.
So? The demand is there, what a silly notion. The reason WHY long haul is more profitable is irrelevant to the case.
If you don't believe me, look at the price difference between flying 500nm and 1000nm.
1000nm is hardly long haul. Anyhow, one of the reasons long haul is more profitable is less competition and the ability to hike up prices far beyond default.
Better yet, if short haul isn't more profitable, why do all the short haul airlines in Japan etc. make bank while those who fly the 5000+nm routes bleed out and BK once fuel goes up?
Because they suck. There was (is) not a single well run long haul airline in Japan in this running MT. And the only working short haul carrier is hardly 'making bank' compared to all the EU and US carriers focusing on long haul.
PacAir in JNB is exclusively doing long haul and is #3 in CV. Does a bell ring there? By the way, the last MT 7 an airline run from Japan won the CV chart, and it was not a pure short hauler but a mix.