FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5966 posts, RR: 26 Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
TV and newspaper reports from Bakersfield this morning say that a press conference is planned to announce a new airline out of BFL. The media say that this will be to announce Mexicana service on BFL-GDL.
There have been discrete announcements from area politicians in the past few months that discussions were going on with Mexicana. There has also been discussions with DL about a SLC-BFL flight as well as cargo service to Europe from BFL.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
As a former Bakersfield resident (who flew out of the rinky-dink little airport many times!), I have always been amazed at how so small a facility ever got such a big runway. 30R/12L is over 10,000 feet long, and is considered an alternate landing site for the space shuttle (when using Edwards AFB). I am glad to see a terminal under construction suitable for attracting more airlines and customers...the old one had the style and glamour (not to mention the facilities!!) of a 1940's WWII Quonset hut.
With HP and CO firmly established there and doing extremely well, the next logical step would be establishing BFL-SLC (with Delta's upgrading of service at SLC), and possibly UA service to DEN (United Express is already there). Mexico service would be a crown jewel for the city, as would the cargo flights!
It is nice to see an airport that has been deserted time and time again rebound in such a positive way. I hope for good things for BFL in the future!
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LatinPlane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2774 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2334 times:
I always thought that Bakersfield could be a great alternative for Mexicana if Fresno never materialized. FAT is being a little too problematic with Mexicana's intended service. The only problem I saw was that the airport was way too small. I just don't know if the authorities will go out of their way to invest in a facility that will hold INS and custom services and whether INS would justify the cost of maintaining such a facility. Nonetheless, there is for sure a guaranteed customer base in need of direct service to the Mexican inland. There is a lot of money to be made on such routes.
On a different note, I don't know if at this time, Mexicana can support a flight to BFL and FAT at the same time. It would be trying to compete with itself. The driving distance between the two points is somewhat of a two hour drive, correct? And who is to say that the current problems being encountered at FAT will not be brought up again, this time by the farmers around the BFL area?
One thing is for sure, either airport that gets the prize of a direct Mexicana service is bound to have a brighter future as the prestige brought with such a route would be a great detonator in its own right for the consideration of future airline service by other carriers that on previous occasions have snubbed these two cities.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 28812 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
MX could probably fill a 757 if they really wanted to into BFL, but I am wondering if they will build an FIS or will do a call out, considering that this will be the only international flight per day. Then again, they will need passport scan machines, so they might as well build a small area. If they started doing preclearance like they do in Canada, that would be really good. If you did that you could have an RJ service to Mexico from OXR (you could fill a 737)
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Blackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2275 times:
Thats great news for BFL, although I don't know if they could fill up a 757 with 90,000 tickets a year, but who knows? I found that on average, the flights from BOI-IAH were about 22 people per flight...yet the loads are awesome, and I won't be surprised at all to see a 737 on the route soon.