Kimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6021 times:
I just saw on the local news (WORA-TV/Univisión) that American Eagle is planning to end service to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico's Eugenio María de Hostos Airport just after the new year. Without American Eagle, the airport will have no airline service whatsoever. The reporter interviewed some people in line for check-in and none were happy to hear that the San Juan-Mayagüez route might end. The reporter went on to say that the Ports Authority will try to keep AE in Mayagüez, but is allegedly trying to get another airline to fill the void.
I'm glad I had a chance to fly this route before it's ended. It's sad, though, that Mayagüez will lose the only service it's had for years. It's a nice, tiny airport, and even though I got delayed four hours, I would've gladly flown American Eagle from there again. But I guess with BQN in Aguadilla starting to grow as it is, it was just a matter of time before Mayagüez suffered.
Rampero From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2004, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5914 times:
This is the dead of Mayaguez airport.
The reason is Aguadilla BQN at 20 minutes from Mayaguez, two airports at the west side of the island.
Flights from Mayaguez
MAZ-SJU 2 daily by American Eagle
Flights from Aguadilla
BQN-JFK 1 daily by Jet Blue and 3 wk by North American.
BQN-EWR 1 daily by Continental
BQN-SDQ 2 daily by BMA (now Pan Am Express)
BQN-PUJ 1 daily by Pan Am World Dominicana
BQN-SJU 1 daily by BMA (PanAm Express)
The west part of the island not need mayaguez-san juan flights.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33921 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5902 times:
This has been talked about. Mainly because MAZ was the last destination that required use of ATR-42s, which are being phased out this year.
However, on the brighter side, American Eagle is likely to launch service to the recently refrubished airport in Vieques, Puerto Rico as a replacement. While closer to SJU than MAZ is, VQS is on an island off of Puerto Rico's eastern coast, so would greatly welcome air service.
And, Rampero, Pan Am also flies FLL-BQN and SFB-BQN, but all Pan Am service is currently suspended.
Kimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5861 times:
Rampero: Yes, I do realize that the west really doesn't need two airports, but it's still sad to see the route end along with the number of connections that could be made in San Juan. But I guess another half hour on the road never hurt anyone. By the way, how's the new terminal coming along in BQN? Any news on when it's going to be finished?
MAH: I keep hearing the ATR-42 thing, but I'm a little confused. MAZ's runway is 4,998 feet, so it's not because of the length that the ATR-42 was needed on this route. Was it capacity then?
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5632 times:
EAS markets are a response, not a trigger, for air development. With American Eagle telling the DOT they are pulling out, they are essentially asking for a subsidy for the route... if the community starts sending in letters to the DOT, they may get their wish.