Latinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2629 posts, RR: 15 Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2759 times:
Iberia no longer flies between Sur Sofia and CCS. They Dropped it early last year. I don't know that there's so much traffic to warrant two airlines flying the route. One flight is probably enough, maybe two but with smaller 757 type equipment. SB Airlines has reported that in 2003, they transported approximately 20,000 passengers (round trip), which is roughly (estimated guess) about 205 passenger per weekly flight (Guess!). For the month of December, SB Airlines will increase the flight to two a week to respond to the higher demand that is generally associated with the ethnic market, such as this route.
So happy to hear that Air Madrid will start serving Bolivia. Apparently, IB just doesn't have enough planes to start developing new destinations. Very good news for the Bolivian community living in Spain, which according to some estimates numbers 50,000. However, I hope that this put preasure on LAB to add frequencies to their weekly MAD flight and to perhaps add service to Ecuador via its new partner Ecuatoriana de Aviacion.
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 19 Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
Quoting Latinplane (Reply 4): I hope that this put preasure on LAB to add frequencies to their weekly MAD flight
They do. For summer season they are increasing to two weekly flights. They will be operating Mo and Th VVI-MAD 22:55-16:25+
and onTu/Fr MAD-VVI 22:55-06:05+.
BTW: Cool thing that both departure times are the same - easy to remember for the passengers...
Luisde8cd From Venezuela, joined Aug 2004, 2516 posts, RR: 34 Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
Hey it's good to hear that we have yet another european airline landing in CCS, especially after losing both BA and KL in recent months.
What a/c will Air Madrid use between Tenerife and CCS? This sure brings some competition to the CCS-TFN-CCS market.... but I think Santa Barbara will manage to hold on to its marketshare, they managed to make IB discontinue the route.
Viasa we miss you!. Good times will return after Chavez is gone!
PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6717 posts, RR: 65 Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
Quoting Latinplane (Reply 4): Apparently, IB just doesn't have enough planes to start developing new destinations.
They seem to be doing pretty well these days. If they do expand and open new long-haul routes what equipment are they likely to order? More A346s? A330s? A350s are rumoured. Have they completely turned their backs on the 777 in all its guises?