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When pre-flight weigh in is done, if the plane weighs less than expected because people don't turn up, is more cargo added?

Conversely - if the plane is over the estimated weight - does cargo get removed? Passenger bags removed? Passengers removed?

Is it within the airline's strategy to achieve 100% seat capacity utilisation?

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  • $\begingroup$ There's what should happen, and there is what can happen if/when people in charge for one reason or another don't care (and the consequences this can have). See e.g. PBS Frontline broadcasted 2010-02-09, titled Flying Cheap at about 43 minutes into the video. $\endgroup$ – a CVn Oct 14 '17 at 19:58
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You pose several scenarios.

Is more cargo added if people do not show up?

No. By the time a person does not show up, the cargo is usually already delivered and loaded on the aircraft.

If the plane is over the estimated weight - does cargo get removed? Passenger bags removed? Passengers removed?

Yes, although passengers almost always have priority. On heavy cargo flights, the cargo department will send a priority list if the load planners need to bump cargo.

Is it within the airline's strategy to achieve 100% seat capacity utilisation?

Absolutely, although on payload restricted flights, non-revenue passengers may not always priority over cargo. This depends on the route. Many long-haul flights, if payload restricted, a scenario could happen where a staff member traveling as a non-revenue passenger will not be accepted because accepting them would exceed the max payload for the flight.

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    $\begingroup$ While non-revenue passengers do not always have priority over cargo, most of them have priority over everything. Because most of these are crews that will man another flight from where they are heading, mechanics that are needed to fix a broken plane there and such and will incur huge loss if not transported. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Oct 14 '17 at 19:32

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