Should Airlines Charge a Flat Fee for Flights?

FlyerTalk member Sandra_D wonders if the post office charges the same price for 8-mile and 8000-mile trips, why can’t airlines do the same?

With that logic, should it cost the same airfare to travel from New York to Philadelphia as it does from New York to Sydney, for example?

While airfares can indeed be wacky — it once cost three times as much to travel by air from Atlanta to Nashville as it did to fly from Atlanta to Los Angeles — could this be a potential pricing model that airlines might consider, or is the pricing model currently used by the post office simply impractical?

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