Definition and explanation: Point-to-point logistics
Point-to-point logistics refers to the transfer of a shipment from origin to destination without any journey interruptions. This can either mean a direct flight, or an indirect route whereby the shipment remains on board the aircraft and is not off-loaded or transferred during transit. It is also called a ‘direct connection.’ Point to point services are offered by airlines to highly frequented holiday destinations, for example.
What is the difference between point to point and hub and spoke logistics?
While point to point is the direct connection between origin and destination, hub and spoke refers to the model of shipping cargo from an origin to a central hub, and then onforwarding it on a second leg to its final destination. Point to point flights are usually carried out on routings with high amounts of traffic. The hub and spoke method is a system whereby traffic is routed via a major airport which serves as a central point for coordinating flights to and from other airports. Connections to and from the hub are called feeder flights. The hub and spoke system enables shipments from regions with low traffic volumes and therefore limited point to point services, to connect with feeders to their required end destination. In the hub and spoke set-up, shipments from different destinations are consolidated in the hub and forwarded together.
Does time:matters offer point to point or hub and spoke logistics?
At time:matters, our staff always look for the fastest, most efficient routing for the shipment. This can be a scheduled point to point flight, a hub and spoke flight combination with one airline, or a combination of flights on different airlines, called interlining. In some cases, charter flights might be arranged to ensure point to point service to an otherwise not frequently served destination.