LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4396 times:
According to Caribbean Business, Continental has signed an agreement with the Puerto Rico Toursim Company to begin a daily non-stop flight from Newark to Ponce, Puerto Rico, in December. The flight will be operated as a revenue guarantee; if it doesn't generate a minimum revenue target Puerto Rico will pay Continental USD$500,000.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12675 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4328 times:
This is an excellent idea as many PR people in the NYC/Northern NJ area from that area of the island - less need for someone to use a connecting flight, or take a bus or have relatives pick them up at SJU. The only problem is that this will probably be a modest money yeild flight, not much premium business (1st/Business). What equipment is proposed to be used? 757's or 737's and what versions?
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31747 posts, RR: 73 Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4284 times:
I wonder how long it would take AA to add service to PSE to stay up with CO. It wouldn't surprise me to see JFK-PSE happen soon after CO makes a formal announcement for EWR-PSE.
CO has flown EWR-BQN with AA never adding service. Even when AA took over TWA, they closed down TWA's BQN station. AA has shown little interest in adding BQN in the past, although they are looking at MIA/SJU/JFK-BQN closely now with jetBlue (to JFK) and Pan Am (to SDQ and FLL) in the picture.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4182 times:
Interesting to see a 70 x 30 miles island as Puerto Rico to have so many passenger airports, thinking about Mayaguez which has American Eagle ATRs flying there from SJU, Fajardo with its Trislanders flying to Vieques and Culebra. I guess American might jump onto Continental not by direct flights to Ponce but restarting connecting service from/to SJU with ATRs (airtime probably in the 10-15 minutes range) offering a one stop service with pricing competitive to CO.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4170 times:
Cory > Don't forget not everyone is living near EWR. For people living in say BOS or MIA or Orlando or any other place with non stop flights to SJU, there's no difference between flying BOS-SJU-PSE compared to BOS-EWR-PSE.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 19 Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 4013 times:
The beautiful thing is, the NY/NJ metropolitan area is so populated and so diverse that flights to most destinations, especially the Caribbean, can be supported by O/D traffic alone. The connection opportunities at our EWR hub are just icing on the cake; the real money at our most profitable hub comes from travelers either originating or terminating in the New York area.
I will wager that we do not anticipate heavy connecting loads on the EWR-PSE flight, and I think the schedule will reflect that.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16555 posts, RR: 52 Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3995 times:
"I wonder how long it would take AA to add service to PSE to stay up with CO."
AA at one time did fly to Aguadilla, but before CO started the route. This was the mid 1990s and AA flew from both JFK and MIA to Aguadilla, AA's competition was Carnival which flew A300s from EWR and JFK to Ponce and Aguadilla on an alternating schedule.
Another route AA flew at one time and has not brought back is JFK-Nassau.
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 876 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3909 times:
Looks like the service will be flown with a 737-700, since the article says it will carry 124 pax.
To those who are not familiar with Ponce, it's a very beautiful city, the second largest in Puerto Rico, with a lot of history. Plus there are some interesting locations nearby like the phosphorescent bay near San German on the southwest coast.
Rampero From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2004, 125 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
I visit the Ponce (PSE) airport in last october with the CO managers of SJU,BQN,STT and the operations manager for latin america and the caribbean.
The were atonished with airport facilities and the passengers terminal. I was invited By them so that i am from Ponce and i know about the airport very well and its airline history.
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1911 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3816 times:
I heartily agree with you, MD80Nut - Chepos's hometown is indeed a beautiful city. The central plaza is enchanting; make sure you check out the old firehouse (you cannot miss it!). The buildings are beautiful; the side streets are interesting, too, with folk art murals and sculptures. The art museum and the music museum are well worth visiting, too. Yes, there is also the phosphorescent bay near San German (also an historic place) and the bay near Cabo Rojo and the Rio Camuy caves. Ponce would make an excellent starting point for a tour of "La Isla del Encanto." San Juan is not far, thanks to the new "autopista."
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
25 PROSA: BDL-PSE might be workable, albeit possibly on a less-than-daily basis. Much of the sizeable Puerto Rican population in Connecticut comes from the Ponc
26 Aa767400: Fanofjets, What new "autopista"? As I recall that expressway has been there for years. On a more related topic, why did AE leave PSE?
27 CactusA319: I wonder if this flight is going to be a daily or just 3x a week or something along those lines. I think CO can make a pretty good go of it. PSE has
28 MD80Nut: The old firehouse in Ponce is indeed gorgeous, the pictures I've seen don't do it justice. It's very impressive "live". I agree, Ponce is an excellent