MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34580 posts, RR: 70 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5108 times:
US DOT today approved US Airways' request to offer scheduled service between the United States and points in the Netherland Antilies (Curacao and Bonaire), Haiti, Dominica, and Trinidad & Tobago with their own aircraft.
Wonder what they are planning. Service to Haiti will make them only the second US airline there, and would most certainly be operated out of Fort Lauderdale. Service to Port of Spain, another less touristy/more business and VFR Caribbean market, would also likely be from Fort Lauderdale.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4972 times:
It certainly seems that US is looking southward to the carib and central america as part of its plan to re-invent itself - there is certainly more money to be made on these routes, and US has the Airbus and 757 to fly the routes, but is there sufficient demand for all of this expansion? The big question is: how will AA respond to these moves by US? AA has dominated service to the region for years (especially the all-important Florida to carib/latin america routes) and have made a ton of money on these routes in the past - AA will certainly not be amused by US's expansion plans.
AA has not yet responded to US's plans for the FLL carib/latin american gateway - I find AA's silence rather scary!
JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4631 times:
I don't think that AA need to respond, I even think that they shouldn't. US might get something of the pie, but there prices to the Caribic/Central America are not that agressive. So AA could loose more in starting a price war than with a peaceful rivalry.
N670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1617 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4542 times:
Why do you say that the new US Carrib. flights would origionate out of FLL??
Assuming you aren't aware, US is opening a new focus city in FLL in Feb. 2005. Destinations will include new cities in the Caribbean and Central America, with key domestic destinations to feed these flights.
Few cities can support service to PAP. FLL (and South Florida in general) can, which is why we'll see FLL-PAP and not CLT-PAP.
Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4412 times:
FLL-PAP will compete directly with AA, which has already established itself as the carrier of choice for Haitians in the South Florida area. I'm happy to see that US is looking to expand beyond the destinations announced already from FLL in the near term.
BWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 922 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4220 times:
This is excellent news. I was waiting for US Airways to expand into Trinidad and Tobago. I wonder if they would only go to Tobago or they would really do the FLL-POS route. Im sure the FLL-POS route with their own aircraft would be very profitable. A weekly flight may give the charters some competition. Would be great to see a Us Airways 330 in POS, but thats just getting a little to far of myself lol.