ODwyerPW From Mexico, joined Dec 2004, 725 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6698 times:
Looking to see who flies from Albany, NY (ALB) (the State's Capitol) to New York City (JFK/LGA). Only the majors hae direct flights that are $480 if you want Non-Stop (well of course you want non-stop, they are only 3 1/2 hours from each other by car!) If you don't mind routing through BWI, the flight can be had for $277 round trip.
Albany International Airport (ALB) has Independence Air and SouthWest. Neither fly direct between ALB or JFK/LGA. Admittedly WN doesn't have a presense in JFK/LGA, but they do in Islip. Unfortunately, they don't fly there from Albany.
I can fly Independence or SouthWest direct to Washington DC (BWI) for $80 round trip, any time. But nothing to NYC.
Strange to imagine the Legacy carriers could have such a stranglehold on travel between New York's Capitol City and it's Largest City.
Guess the only saving grace would be Independence opening a route, or JetBlue establishing a presence at ALB (long rumored) and opening a route.
We have an impressive AmTrak station in Rensselaer, NY (a sister city to Albany that sits on the other bank of the Hudson River, accross from DownTown Albany New York). A Round Trip ticket on AmTrak is $85, Rensselaer to Penn Station. Time: About 2hrs 20min. I imagine that's pretty solid competition. These trains are always packed.
You'd think an LLC could fill a flight a day on that route and keep folks travel time under 1 1/2 hrs including security checks...(despite heightened security post 9/11, you can park your car and get boarded on a plane in under 35 minutes at ALB if you're not checking luggage, so long as your flying SouthWest or United and not US Airways or American....my personal experiences.)
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6650 times:
JetBlue might be interested once the EMBs start coming in, not so much for the O&D market but to offer connections from ALB to Florida destinations. Other than that, I can't see a LCC stepping in here, certainly not for the business-travel market - once you factor in travel to/from Manhattan to LGA or JFK (as opposed to arriving at Penn Station on Amtrak), the train's just a better option for day-trippers to NYC.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6641 times:
It would be Amtrak for me . . . . I did the same thing while living in DC, if I had to go to NYC or BOS or PHL I took the train . . . about the same amount of time sitting on the train as ti would be standing in various lines and flying and standing in more lines.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7719 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6629 times:
I would be willing to suspect that most air traffic between Albany and NYC is high yield traffic flying on state business (my tax dollars hard at work).
I suppose JetBlue once the EMB-190s could start several JFK-ALB flights. Though I question how much of that traffic would be O&D and not continuing onto Florida or the west coast.
In the end for people who are cost conscious and need to get between Albany and NYC Amtrak or driving (either all the way into the city or to a Metro North station and taking the train the rest of the way in) in is far more attractive than flying, even if a low-fare was offered consistently.
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ODwyerPW From Mexico, joined Dec 2004, 725 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6524 times:
I had the same thought you did regarding the existing route...that's it's probably, indeed, high yield traffic flying on state business. So there's no 'real' business commuter case.
ANC & ExFat,
I enjoy the train ride myself as well. Best trip ever was taking it a few years back on Christmas Day, leaving at 6AM out of Rensselaer, 0 degF, without about 4" of snow on the ground. Watching the sun rise on the Hudson around Peekskill. I digress. Wish it were a bit cheaper and a bit faster though. However, I'd rather be strapped to a train seat biding my time, than standing in ticket lines, metal detector lines, bus/train lines, etc... biding the same amount of time. That's the rub. The plane is so much faster, however with the pre & post boarding activities you end up consuming the same time. So as a commuter option..air is inferior to rail on this route.
What if the route were designed not to soley rely on commuter/business traffic? For instance:
A daily JetBlue run to originate in Albany at 6AM, land at JFK, pick up folks, drop off folks, then continue on to Florida (Miami or Orlando). Make several JFK to MIA runs throughout the day. End the process by returning in the evening to Albany at say 6PM. That would give you a low cost option out of Albany. The flight would really be an Albany to Miami, but the stop over at JFK would allow you to drop off passengers and pick up passengers. You could even do a round trip again at 7PM to JFK and return to Albany at 10PM. Give you two full operating shifts for the plane. Plane would hit 3 airports a day. Guess this idea treats JFK like a mini-hub, but not too bad, as you don't have to actually switch planes. Is this practical? Is it worth for a carrier? The LLCs do this sort of thing all the time don't they? Would folks hate the brief layover in JFK, even though they don't have to actually switch planes, so much that the route would fail?
This would also allow Albany passengers to connect to other flights on B6 at JFK to continue on to other places. Or even swap over to other airlines at JFK. You'd be in a good position to board another flight by 8AM/8PM or so. (case of carrier hopping, you'd probably have to move your own bags though). I have a ton of friends who would love to begin travel out of Albany this way, instead of training or driving to JFK (hauling luggage the whole way) to save literally several hundreds of dollars on trips (ie. Europe).
Supa7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6438 times:
The ALB-NYC air market is miniscule. It is only 132 miles with excellent train connections. JetBlue doesn't fly it, because if they did, their planes would be empty.
Yes, they might capture a few bottom-barrel FLA passengers but scooping them up in ALB would double the cost of serving them. So it's just not worth it... AA and DL also refrain from ALB-NYC service for same reason.
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1893 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 6381 times:
Flew AAEagle, or whatever it was called, Saab-340 on that route a couple of years ago. It was a connection from ALB-JFK-SFO.
In any event, the train is terrible, unless they have the Accela running that route yet, which I doubt they do. If we had trains half as capable as the rest of the world, that trip would take less than an hour by train.
ODwyerPW From Mexico, joined Dec 2004, 725 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6343 times:
Distance well over 200 miles, not 132.
Train is good, for commuting. But not as a starting and ending leg for vacation flights out of JFK Who wants to lug your luggage around. Who wants to drive from Albany to New York City or worse, do the 3 1/2 hours back after landing at JFK?
I'd like the little ALB to JFK spur just for that purpose. JFK not as an ending destination (except for a few commuters), but a connecting point. Yeah the majors let you do that, but it ads in the neighborhood of $250 to $300 (per person....think about families) to price of your total flight package. Just do once in the morning, once in the evening. Make it a part of an ALB to Florida route. You underestimate how many of us Upstate New Yorkers flock to Florida regularly.
US Airways used to have a daily Metro Jet (737-300), direct to Orlando. Full when I flew it in the month of April (not exactly the dead of winter) a few years back. Tacking the ALB to JFK spur to a JetBlue flight could help it out, an opportunity for adding more passengers. It's long been rumored JetBlue will do an Albany to Orlando/Miami flight when they settle here (in the works now). I'd really like it to stop briefly in JFK, to open up all the advantages I listed previously.
If NY State employees could be lured to it, then we've got real potential. Though I doubt that wouldn't happen without a fight.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26005 posts, RR: 78 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6336 times:
Given that B6 has stated that E190s will be good for doing non-stops from upstate NY to Florida and that a good deal of their flights from BUF, SYR, Rochester, etc. are already connecting to Florida flights, there is that potential for ALB too. I am guessing they figure that ALB is just too close to their main base to fill A320s on a regular basis
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SmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6323 times:
ODwyer, I live in the Albany area and I work for the state government. Essentially travel requirements do not allow us to fly from alb to nyc. The travel rules don't exactly say thou shalt take the train to NYC, but with all the restrictions, it might as well.
Also, I don't know how you are measuring but it's not over 200 miles from Albany to NYC. Mile marker 144 on the Thruway is at Albany. Mile mark 0 is in NYC.
As others have said, there is only a small air market from Albany to NYC because the distance is so short that it is easier and faster to drive or take the train when you consider arriving early at the airport and transfers.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5530 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6290 times:
In any event, the train is terrible, unless they have the Accela running that route yet, which I doubt they do.
Definitely not. The Acela is an electric train powered by overhead catenary, while the rail line from NYC and Albany is electrified (by third rail, not catenary) only as far as Croton-Harmon, maybe one-third of the way.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26005 posts, RR: 78 Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6284 times:
>Definitely not. The Acela is an electric train powered by overhead catenary, while the rail line from NYC and Albany is electrified (by third rail, not catenary) only as far as Croton-Harmon, maybe one-third of the way.<
Well, you CAN run a high speed train on third rail (Eurostar on the UK side) but I doubt Amtrak carries the dual equipment on the Acela. Then again, you may some day go jet powered on the route with the Bombardier Jet Train
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Newkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6266 times:
">Definitely not. The Acela is an electric train powered by overhead catenary, while the rail line from NYC and Albany is electrified (by third rail, not catenary) only as far as Croton-Harmon, maybe one-third of the way."
Isn't it sad that the entire Trans-Siberian is electrified, but NYC-ALB is not!?
Cs03 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 411 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6263 times:
Having no service from KALB to KLGA/KJFK is a real pain for people going to Europe or to STT or SJU without driving to NYC! In the mid-1980s and 1990s, DL express flew KLGA to KALB, and even US had 3 737s a day for a while! When the air services got cut back, I went to Amtrak, and they provide a good service. There was even 727 service on BN in 1980 from KLGA!
Wants2fly From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6189 times:
I graduated from SUNY at Albany 10 years ago and I flew CO from ISP via EWR few times while studying there. I also flew TWA Express few times as well. TWA Express had direct flights between ISP and ALB.
CO's Flights were approximately 50 minutes each sector. I didn't mind the extra stop since I love flying so much. More time spending in the air or at the airport the better...
CO still have direct flights between ALB and EWR. I consider EWR one of the NYC airports.
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6442 posts, RR: 33 Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6175 times:
There's really not much point in jetBlue flying JFK-ALB to route passengers to Florida since they'd end up competing with Southwest doing the exact same thing (with low costs) via BWI and MCO. As others have said, the number of passengers who would actually *fly* JFK-ALB to access NYC would be miniscule -- it's just much, much faster to take the train when you can show up 15 minutes beforehand, walk right on the train, and be at NY Penn 2.5 hours later. If you flew, you'd have to make sure to be at the airport an hour beforehand, the flight would be blocked at close to an hour, and then you'd spend another hour (or more) making your way from JFK into Manhattan. You could arguably drive to Queens more quickly unless it were rush hour, since the speed limit is now 65 on much of the Thruway. And it is 145 miles from Albany to the Bronx.
NYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 687 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6164 times:
I live in New York and go up to the Albany area to visit my parents, and I used to non-rev on American Eagle from JFK. I just miss flying there for free! It ends up taking the same amount of time on Amtrak when you consider the commute into Manhattan from JFk or LGA. But I remember the good old days when you could fly between ALB and LGA/JFK on Mohawk's FH-227s and BAC 1-11s, or American's BACs and 727s. Back then service was hourly. Later the market was served by Allegheny when they took over Mohawk, and Eastern.
Lat41 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6103 times:
The thinning out of New York service isn't an Albany only thing apparently. American Eagle used to fly several Saabs Between Providence and JFK, usually full or overbooked with connecting passengers for their overseas and Caribbean destinations. A few years ago they scrubbed the service altogether. I think Hartford got X'ed then too. US Airways Express divisions are solely handling PVD/LGA.. And CO owns the show form PVD to EWR with the only main line service from Southern N.E. to the N.Y. area along with some RJs. It's a little farther from PVD than ALB but I believe as others, that carriers aren't interested in the short stuff or what they call "tag service" which is what some of the posters want from JetBlue. The old days our area had American UsAir and National doing just that, but economics, deregulation, slot control took care of that. The Acela, when it's not busted is only 2hr 50 min from Providence so its a viable alternative.
ODwyerPW From Mexico, joined Dec 2004, 725 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6022 times:
I found the word I was looking for in some of your posts: 'Tag' flights. That would be my real interest in it. Being able to Tag of JFK for flights to Europe or elsewhere, without spending a fortune. An option for commuters would just be an added bonus in any wanted to take advantage of it.
It's available, as I stated earlier, in the form of United's $480 flight. Guess that will remain the only one.
Thanks for all of your replies,as I learned a bit of History and received quite a bit of anecdotal info.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16564 posts, RR: 52 Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5967 times:
"Who wants to drive from Albany to New York City or worse, do the 3 1/2 hours back after landing at JFK?"
My Dad retired from the State of NYabout 10 years ago, his office was on Park Ave in Manhattan but had to travel mostly to Albany every week. We live in Central New Jersey so most of the time he drove, when I turned 17 he would take me along so I could drive him up there which was great for me since I was in High School and he would let play hookie to drive him.
We would do day trips from Central Jersey to Albany, and from Central Jersey it did not take 3 1/2 hours to drive. More like 2 1/2 or 2 hours forty five minutes, when he went by himself he took Amtrak from Grand Central and later Penn Station when Amtrak made the switch for their Empire trains.
Frequent air service between Albany and all three NYC airports is not going to grow much beyond existing service, it's too short of a drive and the main source of business traffic the State of NY is not going to pay employees to fly that distance.
They will pay for flights from LGA to Buffalo, but not Albany. Also the State just built a brand new Rail hub at Rensealer, they want people to use the new facility.
Cs03 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 411 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5947 times:
In 1989-92, I flew from either EWR to ALB on CO (EX) or AA (ex), or on DL (Bizex) from LGA to ALB. On DL it was a B1900 or a SD360, then A Saab, and on CO it was a ATR, When AA Eagle did JFK/ALB, it was a ATR as well. I went up to ALB almost every weekend, and I was never the only PAX on board! I, also remember going to ALB on Empire Airlines, and also on Allegheny in a Convair propliner in 1976 (from JFK)!
25 ODwyerPW: If I leave my House (5min outside of Albany) and want to drive to JFK, believe me it's 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Crossing the Tappan Zee and declaring you are
26 SmAlbany: Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see added flights and airlines to nyc. It's just not realistic. Those flights (I'm thinking the AA flights to jfk) wer
27 ODwyerPW: SmAlbany, that's quite a feat. I've tried that route myself..but the GWB is such a a gamble (when it's backed up..it's murder). Like going i-87 - 17 -