Dan6681 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 91 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1200 times:
MHT has handled flights from Canada but we all know this requires no INS/ Customs procedures on arrival. With the runway expansions allowing heavy's and loaded narrow bodies on transcon. Will MHT be an international host in the future?
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1126 times:
There's been talk (not official) of perhaps some International charters,
and possibly Pan Am offering Caribbean service. Again, that's not official.
As I live about 15 minutes from MHT, I'd love to see Caribbean service.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3908 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
The 'major' international flag carriers won't come...they have a fixation on BOS, JFK, PHL, IAD et al. That's understandable. The carriers we could attract--and should be pitching to--are Monarch, Air 2000, JMC and all the other charter/holiday ones. These are the carriers that favor Sanford over Orlando, so asking them to favor Manchester over Boston is not a stretch at all.
Indeed, Manchester could be promoted as an alternative to Bangor for tech-stop purposes (to the extent that we have cheaper landing fees and overall costs). I believe, also, that Europeans wanting a ski holiday would do well to come here than 'simply' go to Switzerland. Even factoring in air fare, a trip 'all the way' to New Hampshire might well be less expensive than 'just' going to Switzerland--thanks to the value of the dollar for Europeans.
In order for this to work, we need a means of allowing these 757s, 767s, and A330s (aircraft of choice for these charter carriers) to dock at our beautiful terminal. Until the infrastructure is in place (read: customs/immigration), I believe such jets would have to pull in to the old Ammon Terminal...hardly a nice 'welcome to New Hampshire' for arriving passengers.
Yes, we'll have newly-opened Runway 17/35 at 9,250 feet this summer. But it is much more than the length of concrete that will get these charter carriers here. We need a gate that can be used for arriving jets (probably the end gate on the newly-extended 'A' pier so wingspan won't matter). Doesn't need to be a dedicated gate, because these charter flights would be few and far between. We also need the necessary barriers to funnel arriving passengers to a new processing center for customs/immigration. And we need the requisite personnel to handle all of this...probably on an as-needed basis because these flights would be sporadic. The mistake would be in trying to attract these charter carriers to Manchester without first setting the airport up for international arrivals/departures. Unless things have been going on behind the scenes relative to the above areas, I'm not sure we are there yet.
As for Pan Am, I applaud the concept of nonstop Caribbean flights on their 727s. Being Pan Am, I'll believe it when I see it. Even more to the point, I'll believe it when I see it last for a year or more. Pan Am has a propensity of being a 'here today/gone tomorrow' carrier, so it's not so much whether we attract them (yawn), it's whether they make a commitment. Ask Worcester, Gary, and even Portsmouth about Pan Am's 'commitment.' Nuff said.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8818 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
As for Canadian flights, Air Canada has served MHT for the past few years, and passengers have always cleared customs at either YYZ or YUL. As for Caribbean charter ops, the flights in the past would have had to stop at BOS for clearence, then continue on to MHT.
As for a future INS component at MHT, when the build the new extension to Concourse B, I think MHT's administration will attempt to place an INS station down there.