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American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez  
User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5308 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 also found the possible end of Mayagüez's service mentioned in this Caribbean Business article: http://www.puertoricowow.com/html/cbarchivesdetail.asp?id=14355&highlight=

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.

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User currently offlineRampero From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2004, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5201 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.

My opinion
Rampero





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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33289 posts, RR: 71
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5189 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.



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User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5148 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?


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5116 times:

American Eagle can put ATR 72s into EYW, and our runway is only 4800 feet.

In regards to Vieques, Cape Air is starting service in there starting in December, I believe.

-n


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33289 posts, RR: 71
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5102 times:

Nevermind about the ATR thing, because AA service to MAZ is with ATR-72s. It was stated in a recent news article I read, but isn't true.

The service is set to end 3 February 2005:

http://dms.dot.gov/search/document.cfm?documentid=303253&docketid=19622

However, the saving grace is that the service may be saved by EAS.



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User currently offlineJAXpax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

Nevermind about the ATR thing, because AA service to MAZ is with ATR-72s. It was stated in a recent news article I read, but isn't true.

I thought you had REAL sources, MAH, or do you just read everything and then pass it off as your sources?

 Insane


User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

Wow! Sad to see American Eagle leaving Mayaguez' "El Mani"!! After so many years, I remember driving by on the parallel highway and seeing the airport of the distance.

Hope to see maybe AA back at BQN??

But the news about possible service to VQS sounds great...that is a very upincoming hideaway...



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User currently offlineSJUboeingGirl From Puerto Rico, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

I don't think this will make a lot of difference to MAZ, i landed once in that airport and from what i saw there where only student pilots making go arounds; it's a great airports to make x coutries.


Hey Rampero, tell Rafols and puri SJU airport is better than BQN. SJU #1!  Big grin



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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4919 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.

-n


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