Boeingforever From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3250 times:
I heard a rumor that Continental is going to start flying to NICE(NCE) this summer from EWR. Delta has a daily flight spring/summer that Airfrance codeshares on, and its always packed. you can never get a mileage seat or upgrade on it..does it sound right that CO would try to pick up that lucrative route, even though its served by fellow SKYTEAM airlines....
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3196 times:
Yes, EWR-NCE would be a great route for CO. It is always packed with wealthy tourists, willing to pay a premium for the nonstop flight, during the summer season. Just check out DL's fares on JFK-NCE. Despite competition from DL, I'm sure that filling another daily 767 would be no problem at all.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3166 times:
Nice is rumored to be on CO's list of destinations for future European expansion, along with Barcelona, Prague, Newcastle, Copenhagen, Helsinki and a few others. If CO opened service to NCE, it would likely be with a winglet equipped 757.
There is also a rumor floating around that CO is looking at opening flights out of EWR to several French regional airports - ie, Nice, Marsaille, Lyon, etc. CO has been very successful with their services to UK regional airports (CO next summer will serve EDI, GLA, BFS, BRS, BHX and MAN aside from London) and is thinking about trying to repeat its success with this approach in France. Other airlines have tried, but without success.....but that was years ago, those airlines did not use the very cost-effective and right sized 752 on the routes, and the other attempts did not have the power of CO's EWR hub to support the flights. If the France thing happens, it probably will not be for a couple of years - but CO may have discovered an interesting niche, with the major European (and US) airlines very focused on European capital city hubs, long haul service out of other European cities seems to fade away. There is certainly demand for nonstop transatlantic service out of most of these "smaller" cities (and most of these cities are indeed quite large) and pax just may be willing to pay higher fares for direct service and avoid crowded hubs like Paris, London and Frankfurt.
If CO is successful with its new services to cities like Berlin and Hamburg, I think we will see further expansion from CO accross the Atlantic.