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Air Madrid Studying MAD-MGA And More...!  
User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

Hello everybody.

Reading the Nicaraguan paper today and to my delight, I found a hell of a story on Air Madrid and their interest to start flying to MGA non stop from MAD. Its about time somebody got interested, I know maaaany people that fly to SJO instead.

Wait, it gets better, to my understanding, NM is also interestend in building a hangar in MGA for a maintnance base. Awesome! Their executives have already visited with Nicaraguan politicians to make ends meet and get the ball rolling!

MGA got DL from Dec 15th on, the TA A321 to MIA and the AA A300 to MIA this year. Its gonna be an awesome year for MGA!

Here is the link, its only in spanish, sorry!
http://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/2006/01/12/economia/10110

MGA


Que viva el guaro, el dinero y los aviones!!!
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User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3996 times:

Great, I have some relatives in Managua, Jinotepe and León and this non stop flight would be very useful for me.

Last year, I flew MAD-SJO on Air Madrid, and then I took the Tica bus onwards to Managua. By the way, Tica bus is a very good and reliable bus service.

The previous year I flew always to MIA and changed there. When IB still had a minihub in MIA, I stayed there for some days and continued on the brand new A319 (they were introduced in 2001)

Hopefully all these news come true in a near future.

[Edited 2006-01-12 19:42:55]

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

Really interesting news.
I also know about many Nicaraguans who fly to SJO in order to connect with IB.


User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

And still no GUA, oh well, still waiting then.


nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

Quoting Aer (Reply 3):
And still no GUA, oh well, still waiting then

They are probably trying to attend the needs of cities with no service first because of the demand. I thing we might see the MGA flight continue to maybe SAL or maybe even SAP. Who know, maybe GUA does have enough demand for 2 flights to MAD. What do you think Aer? Maybe Carmen has some some info for us, or is she dedicating herself to non-av?  scratchchin 

MGA



Que viva el guaro, el dinero y los aviones!!!
User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

According to this article (in Spanish)......

http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/pg060...tabria/200601/12/VUELO_MADRID.html

Air Madrid will have flights to the following destinations in a short term:

*Domestic:
-Santander
-Palma de Mallorca
-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
-Málaga
-Santiago de Compostela

*Europe:
-Rome
-Milan
-Frankfurt
-Paris
-Lisbon
-Bucarest
-Tel Aviv

All these flights will also provide feeder traffic to the exisiting Latam destinations and to the following new ones:

-Fortaleza
-Managua
-Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia)
-Caracas
-Rio de Janeiro
-Sao Paulo

Air Madrid will add some A320 (probably 2nd hand) for their domestic and European network. An A330 and an A340 will be added probably this year.


User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3769 times:

Quoting MGA (Reply 4):
aybe Carmen has some some info for us, or is she dedicating herself to non-av? scratchchin

True, Carmen has a better insight on these things. You might be also right.



nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3762 times:

Quoting MGA (Thread starter):
Reading the Nicaraguan paper today and to my delight, I found a hell of a story on Air Madrid and their interest to start flying to MGA non stop from MAD. Its about time somebody got interested, I know maaaany people that fly to SJO instead.

If this was true, then this would put MGA back on the map for transatlantic flights! Good luck and I wish you get those flights!


User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Quoting MGA (Thread starter):
, I know maaaany people that fly to SJO instead.

Well Costa Rica has a great turist infrastructure and since a few years is widely advertised...its stability has allowed tourism to boost reason why many people are going to SJO

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 1):
. By the way, Tica bus is a very good and reliable bus service.

Tica bus rules ! and very nice too with the deer

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 2):
I also know about many Nicaraguans who fly to SJO in order to connect with IB.

Many of the also stay in SJO....there is a vast Nica community living in costa Rica

Quoting MGA (Reply 4):
They are probably trying to attend the needs of cities with no service first because of the demand. I thing we might see the MGA flight continue to maybe SAL or maybe even SAP

I could never imagin MGA having more demand than GUA !!!!

[Edited 2006-01-13 09:02:06]


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

Quoting Aer (Reply 3):
And still no GUA, oh well, still waiting then.

You still have IB6311 three times a week.  Wink I'm sure NM will be having an eye on La Aurora for possible flights  Smile

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 8):
Tica bus rules ! and very nice too with the deer

My only experience with Tica Bus was when I was a little kid in the 80's. I believe it was to Panama on our second trip down there and the return was with either LR or CM (or maybe again Tica Bus).


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3594 times:

Quoting MGA (Reply 4):
Maybe Carmen has some some info for us, or is she dedicating herself to non-av?

 laughing  Not really... It's just that finding a time to visit a.net can get tricky, especially with a family of six and only one computer...

Great news for MGA! I read recently that tourism went up in the region in 2005, announcements like this will help it grow even further (with the corresponding income, of course).

About GUA handling two flights to MAD... Methinks there would be enough demand; besides, competition is always beneficial for passengers. I hope the airport expansion attracts more transatlantic flights (that is, if the works ever start...  Yeah sure )

Saludos



What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Will they have intercontinental flights departing in Barcelona as well ??


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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 10):
, competition is always beneficial for passengers.

when IB has NM as their competitor they need not have incentive to improve their service..thus for Central America its no benefit to have NM for competition..that's my opinion



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User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 10):
I hope the airport expansion attracts more transatlantic flights (that is, if the works ever start... Yeah sure )

Amen to that!!!



nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 11):
Will they have intercontinental flights departing in Barcelona as well ??

They already fly from Barcerlona to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Bogota and Cartagena from Barcelona

[Edited 2006-01-13 18:59:57]


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 14):
They already fly from Barcerlona to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Bogota and Cartagena from Barcelona

Wasn't NM also due to start service to SJO from BCN sometime?

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 12):
when IB has NM as their competitor they need not have incentive to improve their service..thus for Central America its no benefit to have NM for competition..that's my opinion

In the case of Costa Rica, there's also DE in the mix with twice weekly flights from FRA through HAV. I believe SJO is their only destination in Central America.

That being said, I was on my way home one day a few months ago and saw an advert by Air France regarding direct flights to SJO. Since them I've been having hopes about AF expanding into Central America (their 747 Combis, if they still operate them as such, would be perfect in their leisure configuration and for the cargo demand), starting with (hopefully) a nonstop CDG-SJO flight. It would be great if one of the European majors other than IB would start flights into Central America on their own metal, ever since KL left GUA and BA didn't have any real success with LGW-SJO (route that got axed after only six months in 1999/2000).


User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 8):
Many of the also stay in SJO....there is a vast Nica community living in costa Rica

This has nothing to do with the MAD passengers. I'm pretty sure if they were in Europe, they have enough cash, which is the reason they migrate to Costa Rica.

The reason many Nicaraguans take the bus to Costa Rica is because they can fly cheap and non-stop avoiding the MIA IB/AA connection.

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 8):
I could never imagin MGA having more demand than GUA !!!!

I was talking about the MAD market. GUA already has an IB flight through SJO. On the rest, depends on the Market we are talking about. MGA is growing at a decent rate recently. But obviously, GUA is way ahead in most of the destinations.

MGA



Que viva el guaro, el dinero y los aviones!!!
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 8):
I could never imagin MGA having more demand than GUA !!!!

GUA has more demand than MGA. That's one of the main reasons of Iberia's flight.

Quoting MGA (Reply 16):
GUA already has an IB flight through SJO.

They [ IB ] fly at least twice a week direct to/from GUA [ ????? ].


User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3441 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 17):
They [ IB ] fly at least twice a week direct to/from GUA [ ????? ].

Isnt tgis only to GUA? I was under the impression the return leg was GUA-SJO-MAD. No?

MGA



Que viva el guaro, el dinero y los aviones!!!
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3417 times:

Quoting MGA (Reply 18):
Isnt tgis only to GUA? I was under the impression the return leg was GUA-SJO-MAD. No?

He said direct flight, so that doesn't imply it's nonstop. And yes, that flight continues to SJO as IB6311 and then goes back to Spain as IB6310 IIRC.


User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 19):
continues to SJO as IB6311 and then goes back to Spain as IB6310 IIRC.

IB6311 MAD-GUA
IB6310 GUA-SJO-MAD



nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

Quoting Aer (Reply 20):
IB6310 GUA-SJO-MAD

Ah, thanks! I get confused with those IB flight numbers all the time (the only one I never get wrong is IB6301, MAD-SJO).  Silly


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

Quoting MGA (Reply 18):

Isnt tgis only to GUA? I was under the impression the return leg was GUA-SJO-MAD. No?

Already explained by AER reply 20.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 19):

He said direct flight, so that doesn't imply it's nonstop.

Exactly.


User currently offlineN506CR From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2004, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Nicaragua was named #3 on Lonely Planet's must-visit list for 2006.

Number three: Nicaragua. One respondent wrote: “In 2004, there was a 16 percent increase in travel to Nicaragua, with the largest share of visitors coming from the United States. Nicaragua has been a hot surfing destination and has seen unprecedented surfing coverage in the press over the past year. It’s the one to watch in 2006 as the media attempt to find the ‘next Costa Rica.’” A second concurred, saying, “There's a cool kid factor to visiting this place -- it's safe, the people are very friendly, there's a lot to do, yet it still has this perception of being dangerous. It's gonna pop, no doubt.”

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/pressroo...s_release.cfm?press_release_id=202

So I guess that's a good reference that will somehow help the boom of Nicaragua's turistic expansion. Great news for Nicaragua indeed.

Do you think there are any chances of Aeropostal Alas de Centroamerica flying to MGA. From where?

Btw are there any chances of Air Madrid bringing the A340 to MGA?


User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3157 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 17):
GUA has more demand than MGA. That's one of the main reasons of Iberia's flight.

I'm sure NM would get a good market to guatemala as well



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
25 MGASJO : Try the Transnica "Ejecutivo". 160 degrees reclinable chairs, food, very nice and just $10 more!
26 IberiaA319 : True, and I think King Quality is another bus operator in the region, besides Transnica and Tica bus, offering a similar high quality service. By the
27 2travel2know : I did Managua - Guatemala by bus once, via Tegusigalpa, San Pedro Sula and San Salvador. I must say that the only trip which was OK for my was San Sa
28 MGA : I doubt it. MGA will probably get the 332 at most. It would be the 310 but I dont think it will make it. MGA
29 Orion737 : How about a European charter airline/tour operator offering long haul winter holiday flights to MGA? Perhaps a German or Italian charter 330 or 763? A
30 MGA : Air Transat flies charter from Montreal... Havent heard anything from Europe yet... But I have a feeling we might start seeing it soon... MGA
31 MGASJO : Every tuesday, 360 pax come and 360 go. Lots of people!
32 LTU932 : Condor and LTU could be a possibility for MGA, though ATM only DE is serving Central America with SJO and LT pulled out in 1998. But I still see DE a
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