nycflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 11 Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1520 times:
My boss asked me to help him find an itinerary with one-stop from MTY to SDQ next Tuesday, March 2, and I'm shocked that I can't find one. It seems they share the same U.S. airlines, but the wrong connecting city:
CO: MTY-IAH, but only EWR-SDQ
AA: MTY-DFW, but only MIA-SDQ
DL: MTY-ATL, but only JFK-SDQ
And then I checked the other regional majors, only to discover that:
Neither AM nor MX serve SDQ, while serving MTY; and
Neither CM, LR, AV, TA or even CU serve MTY, while serving SDQ.
How is this possible? Am I missing something? Are there any similar-sized regional city-pairs like these that can't be reached in one stop?
(edit: DL does fly ATL-SDQ, but not on Tuesdays, and even on the days when they do fly, it would mis-connect with the in-bound MTY flight)
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21460 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
There must be many markets like that. I believe GDL is the 2nd largest city in Mexico and I don't think you can go from GDL to SDQ without 2 connections. There must be almost zero traffic in markets like MTY-SDQ so why would airlines give them priority when designing their schedules?
USFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1784 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
Quoting nycflyer (Thread starter): How is this possible? Am I missing something? Are there any similar-sized regional city-pairs like these that can't be reached in one stop?
MTY's economy is very oriented towards being an industrial centre that serves the southwestern and central US almost exclusively. Its air service reflects that.
SDQ (being a capitol city) is much more economically integrated into into Latin America and the DR , like most other Carribbean nations, has heavy VFR traffic to the northeastern US and Florida but very few economic connections the rest of the US. Its air service reflects that.
Thus its not all that surprising that they have very few (no?) destinations in common.