Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1111 times:
I apologize for all of these EWR-STT threads, but another question popped into my mind when I was booking our trip. Does anyone know how this route performs for CO? I would think that it, along with most of their Caribbean routes, would be a cash cow, as since there is no LCC competition, CO charges "highway robbery" prices for a four-hour flight from EWR. Before I found a consolidator fare of $612 for our family's roundtrip next March, CO's own website was pricing EWR-STT at $759. US flies non-stop out of PHL and AA flies non-stop out of JFK, but their prices are all high as well. ATA's new service out of IND doesn't exactly pose much of a threat to the NYC market.
However, I wonder how successful the route really is considering that they have never added IAH-STT service. POS, GCM, and MBJ have all received IAH service, yet STT still has nothing. What's the reason behind this?
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16316 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1030 times:
CO served STT from 1989-1995, the route was EWR-STT-St.Croix with a daily 727 (on occasion they flew an A300 during the peak Winter days). I flew CO from EWR to STT in '93 and '94, the flights were always packed but most everyone was flying to STT. Only about 10-15 would get on or off in St.Croix, mostly locals or folks who worked at the Hess Refinery.
CO dropped STT in 1995 because of a terrible hurricane which really put a hammering on the Island, several hotels were also closed for a few years like the Frenchman's Reef Marriott which reopened in '98 after a major rebuild.
CO relaunched STT in '99-'00 with a 737-700, during the off peak season the flight operates four times a week. Daily during the Winter months.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1025 times:
Has CO ever considered upgrading the plane type on the route (to a 752, perhaps) and adding a stop in STX to make a EWR-STT-STX-EWR wrap flight? I believe that US does this with their flight from CLT or PHL.
Tjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2300 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 925 times:
CO did operate the 752 from EWR to STT on weekends this past winter/ spring break season. 73G during the week. I don't see the 757 scheduled into STT at all this upcoming winter. Looks like 2-3x per week until February 18, then it goes daily through April from what I can tell. Perhaps as bookings begin to take place, CO may substitute the 757 for the 73G on weekends again.
St. Croix has had some bad press lately. Crime is an ongoing problem which has scared away tourism and cruise lines, although an Italian cruise line is supposed to schedule a stop in St. Croix sometime in the near future. St. Croix is a very beautiful island- too bad about all the negative press.
Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.