Freeflight Airlines is presently operating at 70 percent of capacity. Management of the airline is considering dropping Freeflight’s routes between Europe and the United States. If these routes are dropped, the revenue associated with the routes would be lost and the related variable costs saved. In addition, the company’s total fixed costs would be reduced by 20 percent.
Segmented income statements for a typical month appear as follows (all amounts in millions of dollars):
|Routes||Within U.S.||Within Europe||Between U.S.
|Fixed costs allocated to routes||1.68||1.30||1.40|
|Operating profit (loss)||$||0.35||$||0.57||$||(0.28||)|
a. Prepare a differential cost schedule. (Enter your answers in millions rounded to 2 decimal places.)
b. Should Freeflight drop the routes between Europe and the United States?
|Status Quo||Alternative: Drop U.S. to Europe||Difference (all lower under the alternative)|
|Less: Variable cost||4.04||2.24||1.80|
|Less: Fixed costs||4.38||3.50||0.88|
|Operating profit (loss)||$0.64||$0.40||(0.24)|