Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2643 times:
As you all know, I went on jetBlue to LGA for a college visit this weekend. The college is 90 minutes from the LGA airport...the closest airport is BDL. Now that I'm hooked on B6, what are the chances of them going to BDL or PVD within the next year or two? They'll have Airbus deliveries plus the EMB190s, so plenty of aircraft...Also, they have filled up almost every aircraft to and from LGA!!! So, they can operate at 2 airports.
BDL is in desperate need of service, espically from FLL, between 2 song flights and an occasional PanAm flight, there is plenty of room for expansion. Plus, BDL is really attracting a different crowd than the NYC airports as well as BOS, so, although the distance between BDL and BOS, LGA, and JFK are small, there is still demand.
I could see them starting with, say, 4 flights to FLL, 4 to MCO, 2 to TPA, 1 to RSW, and if they are really bold, 1 to SJU from BDL. (pushing my luck, I know!)
And from PVD I can see 4 to FLL, 4 to MCO, and 2 to TPA.
Let me know what you think and what rumors are spreading!
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
well, while I'm going to get flamed, how about...when will SA)">B6 fly FLL-GSO? (another college reason)
I am not really doing this because of college alone...If they went to BDL and I went to college there, I'd apply for a job there in a heartbeat...so, the real question is, will they serve it in 4 years?
Cory: If they can pull LGA off and fill every plane, the demand is obviously there...
1X PanAm (?)
1X SA WN
1X SA US
trust me, there is pleanty of room there, espically for jetBlue!
I think this is a good time to point out that most people who I talk about jetBlue with don't know song, even if they've flown it before! Also, a lot of bags on my LGA flight had DELTA tags! So, they would steal some business from DL at BDL for sure!
Uswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2474 times:
USAirways is slated to start a daily flight and an additional Saturday flight between BDL and FLL this winter; Pan Am I'm not holding my breath on, I'm hoping that BDL will not be another one of their, fly irregularly for a bit and then pull out, cities.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6696 posts, RR: 18 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2390 times:
Doesn't jetBlue usually find a following regardless of whether there is a need or not? I mean, is there really a need for over 40 daily flights NYC-FLL? I mean, I know that there is a lot of travelers between the two metros.. but there are some significant seats between the two.
If jetBlue went into PVD, I'm sure they would do much like they did in NYC and find a healthy marketshare. So, I think that jetBlue would do just as well with a PVD-FLL and PVD-JFK. I mean, they couldn't go in with 8 dailies, but they could definitely do 2 or so a day.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31782 posts, RR: 73 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2378 times:
Doesn't jetBlue usually find a following regardless of whether there is a need or not?
I mean, is there really a need for over 40 daily flights NYC-FLL?
40 daily FLL-NYC? It is more than that, closer to 60 this winter. You have over 120 daily NYC-MFW flights that serve the 16,000+ daily O&D passengers; over 5.8M people a year, which is more than the population of South Florida (5.1M).
You have to live in South Florida to really understand how linked the New York City and South Florida are. Many people fly between the cities 4+ times a year. I fly the NYC-MFW route at least six times a year. It is a business market, a leisure market, a VFR market. People in New York City take weekend getaways to Miami, people in Miami will take day trips to the city to catch a Saturday matinee on Broadway (sounds extreme, but not rare at all). People in New York City come visit their grandparents in West Palm Beach, people in Miami visit their uncles and aunts in New York City. South Floridians flock to New York City for Thanksgiving; New Yorkers flock to South Florida for February break. Some South Floridians know the NYC subway lines just as well as some New Yorker's know their South Beach party spots. South Florida is called New York City's sixth borough for good reason.
South Florida might as well become part of New York...it is more New York than it will ever be Florida.
You cannot compare the BDL/PVD-FLL markets to FLL-NYC. There is just so much traffic on MFW-NYC, it isn't funny.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6696 posts, RR: 18 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2365 times:
I can understand the NYC-SoFL market.. really, I can.
What I am saying is that B6 is well known in New England as it is in NYC/SoFL market. NYC residents flocks to the north also. I know when I go to Newport for the summer, there are just as many NY plates as RI. A JFK-PVD flight would do just as well as a JFK-ALB/BUF flight. New Englanders travel to SoFL also.. so I do believe that PVD could handle the extra flights from B6. At least 2 daily. The US & WN flights are weekend only flights so only the Spirit flights are daily (and I do believe that one of them is seasonal, right?) I just think that it could work.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31782 posts, RR: 73 Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2362 times:
People in New York City come visit their grandparents in West Palm Beach
mark - i usually enjoy and learn from reading your comments, but man, that hurt!
Well, it is a stereotype, but it's very true, though people don't retire to the region as much as they want to, so it is no longer "full of old people" like it used to be. And they visit their grandparents in Aventura, Delray,and Boca too.
Jeffie813 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2356 times:
Well, it is a stereotype, but it's very true, though people don't retire to the region as much as they want to, so it is no longer "full of old people" like it used to be.
you're right, but as painful as it is for me to admit it, on a flight from BWI - PBI at the beginning of september i was flabbergasted at the amount of wheelchairs and near-deads being wheeled on to the plane. thankfully, it is more the exception now than the rule.