The UAL9382 shown as the RIO-LA-Tokyo flight is not a real flight number. Rather, it indicates a code share with Varig.
The real UAL9382, as with all other flights in the 9000-9999 range, is a charter or ferry flight operated by UAL.
I believe what you say, but don’t you think people with family members on charter flights ought to be able to check flight status online? Evidently, UAL doesn’t think that’s necessary. Bad customer service, imo.
I also saw this: “Lake City is probably best known for the Olustee Battlefield Reenactment that they hold every year. This is a big event with thousands attending from all over.” It’s held in February. This could also be part of the reason for the number charters.
Nah. Too much lead time for people to be away from jobs, school, etc.
One last thing: There is an Army Reserve base located near Lake City. This could be another reason for the charters.
Bingo! Check out airport activity for Robert Gray AAF [KGRK], associated with Ft. Hood in Texas. There’s a massive number of flights for an airport that nominally has no commercial air service. It’s true that most flights are to Dallas or Houston, but, in December, AAL was running a daily 777 round-trip to Frankfurt, Germany. Currently, there’s an Arrival shown for WOA from Bangor, ME. Check into that flight and you’ll see a segment from Shannon to Bangor. Probably the flight had an initial leg from a European military installation.
I like the military angle to explain the flights from KORD to KLCQ. How big is that Lake City reserve base? Where do most of the reservists come from?