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BDL, Any More Expansion?  
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Right now, DL has been adding flights such as BDL-SLC and starting 6/8 BDL-LAS. What I want to know is if there is plans for anymore future expansion. I know that they will soon be in the process of making Terms A and B one terminal. I know that they have been trying to lure in International service for a long time, is it soon coming? Or will BDL continue to serve the same markets it does now?


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User currently offlineHVNandrew From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

DL is expanding its service out of the airport. By August, DL will have mainline service to the following destinations out of BDL: ATL, CVG, FLL, LAS, LAX, MCO, SLC, TPA and PBI. They'll have DL Connection service to CMH, CVG, RSW and JFK. But, alot of those routes are only once daily - LAS, LAX, SLC, PBI, and when summer rolls around, RSW. Still, they have by far the largest operations out of BDL.

I think that DL will reopen their Crown Club at BDL sometime in the future - after they come out of BK. But as far as expansion, I'm not sure where they can go out of BDL right now. They feed to every DL hub/focus city, except BOS and LGA. They already have seven daily BDL-ATL flights, and four BDL-CVG flights. I could see them maybe adding a second BDL-SLC route, and a flight down to JAX.

As far as international service, I don't see it happening with DL. The new BDL-JFK routes are going to serve as the international feed out of BDL. I don't think there's a market to support a daily, or even a 5x weekly, flight to CDG, FRA, etc...


User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Quoting HVNandrew (Reply 1):
I think that DL will reopen their Crown Club at BDL sometime in the future - after they come out of BK

Would Delta reopen the one in the old Terminal B or would they relocate it to A? Personally I liked Delta's operation out of B, the distance from the counter to the gate was very short unlike at A. I know AA and AC still uses B but are there any plans to renovate it an move airlines like DL back to B?



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 2):
know AA and AC still uses B but are there any plans to renovate it an move airlines like DL back to B?

Read Below  Wink

Quoting Cadet57 (Thread starter):
I know that they will soon be in the process of making Terms A and B one terminal.



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User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3):

Ah completely missed that, thanks.  wave 



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User currently offlineBelizexp From Belize, joined Dec 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

I can see DL maybe trying a Sat only NAS or some other weekend only market in BDL. Plus with Jet Blue add more flts to the BOS area it would be wise for DL to keep build up BDL as much as it can before the LCC move in for the kill.


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User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

I would really like to see United reinstate BDL-DEN again. I also worked one of the last BDL-SFO flights in August 2001.

User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

Quoting Gman3 (Reply 6):
I also worked one of the last BDL-SFO flights in August 2001.

Why did UA end SFO? I did SFO-BDL in August 1999 and the flight was oversold.



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User currently offlineHVNandrew From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

Quoting Belizexp:
I can see DL maybe trying a Sat only NAS or some other weekend only market in BDL. Plus with Jet Blue add more flts to the BOS area it would be wise for DL to keep build up BDL as much as it can before the LCC move in for the kill.

Not a bad idea. Once daily service to SJU might work. AA already runs it, but their loads are decent out of BDL, and the area could probably sustain a second run.

DL is suprising me in BDL. I was kind of suprised when they added LAX and SLC last year, and I was absolutely stunned when they announced service to LAS. If they keep up a steady growth at the airport, it's going to be very hard for someone like B6 to move in on that.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Quoting HVNandrew (Reply 8):
Quoting Belizexp:
I can see DL maybe trying a Sat only NAS or some other weekend only market in BDL. Plus with Jet Blue add more flts to the BOS area it would be wise for DL to keep build up BDL as much as it can before the LCC move in for the kill.

Not a bad idea. Once daily service to SJU might work. AA already runs it, but their loads are decent out of BDL, and the area could probably sustain a second run.

Def would like to see that. As I have to fly BDL-SJU-AUA on AA and, well, imho AA blows... Id love to see DL metal on that.

Quoting HVNandrew (Reply 8):
If they keep up a steady growth at the airport, it's going to be very hard for someone like B6 to move in on that.

Take this for what its worth: During my interview for a CSA spot, which I successfully got  Smile the station manager and I were talking and he was saying that right now BDL is having some of this highest pax numbers they've had in awhile. They are also one of DL's fastest growing stations, as shown by SLC, LAX, and LAS.

But im not trying to focus this thread on DL, I used them as a plug as they are growing and Im curious to see how the other major players react, AA, WN, US...



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User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 7):
Why did UA end SFO? I did SFO-BDL in August 1999 and the flight was oversold.


The route ended on 9/5/01 so it had nothing to do with 911. The reason I was told by the CSR that last week was "We don't know"!!  Big grin


User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

Quoting Gman3 (Reply 10):
The reason I was told by the CSR that last week was "We don't know"!!

Shame it had to go, it really was a nice flight.

I have a question about Song. Once they're gone is DL going to bring back the 737's for Florida service or are the 757's here to say?



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 11):
I have a question about Song. Once they're gone is DL going to bring back the 737's for Florida service or are the 757's here to say?

IIRC, the Station manager said the the 75's in snot green will be repainted and funneld back into mainline and other mainline 757's will be used on the more popular routes, MCO, TPA, FLL, and LAX for the range. But for thinner routes, look for 738's, mad dogs and maybe the odd 732.



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User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3006 times:

With BDL being my home base I know one thing:

They either need to rebuild Terminal B or close in completely...
Terminal A is very nice since the rebuild, Terminal B is a pit (only AA,AC, and YX use it; CO, DL, HP, NW, UA, US, and WN all use A)



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User currently offlineMikeTheActuary From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 13):
With BDL being my home base I know one thing:

They either need to rebuild Terminal B or close in completely...
Terminal A is very nice since the rebuild, Terminal B is a pit (only AA,AC, and YX use it; CO, DL, HP, NW, UA, US, and WN all use A)

With BDL quite literally being in my back yard (I'm listening to a WN 737 land as I type), I know something else --

If you go to the hallway connecting Terminals A and B and the Sheraton, you can find a model of what BDL's future configuration is supposed to be. (Last time I saw the model, it was outside the new (temporary?) exit from the US/UA concourse; but with renovations underway, it could have been moved again.)

If the model is to be believed, Terminal B will be torn down, and a new concourse added on to the west side of A.

What I'm not sure of is how they'd stage the construction. ISTR that there are four unused gates in Terminal A, but that would be a tight squeeze for AA, AC, YX, and the charters.

If I had to guess, they'd tear down the old charter/WN/AC/NW/TW/HP gates in B first, but keep the west half of B open for AA/AC/YX until space is made available in A.


User currently offlineFjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

My question is who are the unused gates (4 gates) on the US/UA pier at Terminal A for??? Could those be the new AA gates?? Also gate 25 is vacant. If you have AC share space with US and move AA you could effectively do away with the ghetto terminal. Consider the setup if you activate all 11 gates in that pier:

United/United Express: Gate 21, 23 (IAD, ORD) *Gate 21 for 757's
US Airways: Gate 27, 29, 30 (PHL, CLT, PIT, PHX) *Gate 30 for 757's
US Airways Express/Air Canada Jazz: Gate 25 (PIT, YYZ)
American: Gate 22, 24, 26, 28 (ORD, DFW, MIA, SJU) *Gate 28 for SJU A300
American Eagle/Connection: Gate 20, 22 (RDU, STL)

With 5 gates there'd probably even be room for Midwest/skyway to stay with AA in gates 20/22. Charters would have to sublease space where available for the limited flights they have anyhow.

Next step is to expand the WN/CO/DL/NW terminal pier and add a gate 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 -- add gates 15, 17, and 19 on the odd side and 14, 16, and 18 on the even side. Eventually, once the industry inproves somewhat and natural expansion occurs, WN will increase by a handful of flights and need another gate, bringing them to 4 or maybe 5 gates, and DL might take another gate and maybe BDL can attract B6 and FL as well, maybe even Frontier to DEN....consider:

Continental/Continental Express: Gate 1, 3
Northwest/NW Airlink: Gate 5, 7
Southwest: Gate 2, 4, 6, 8 (no stretch as they use 8 now frequently)
City owned for overflow/charters: Gate 10 (like 8 is now)
Delta/Delta Connection: Gate 9, 11, 15, 17, 19 (Delta builds and opens Crown Room Club where a gate 13 would be located)
Frontier or Virgin America or ??: gate 12
AirTran: gate 14 (service to ATL/MCO??)
JetBlue: gate 16, 18 (starts service to FLL, IAD, and west coast)

Of course you'd need some moving escalators in that 18-gate concourse... I think this expansion (to 29 gates) would set up BDL for the forseeable future-- if they expanded anymore the plan should be for a new concourse where the Murphy Terminal is now. What do you people think??



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User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

Does anyone have a schedule of turboprop carriers serving New England or upstate New York from BDL? I know there has to be a few flights. I'm rooting for more expansion at BDL.

User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Currently US runs 340s to Rochester and BUF. Maybe BUF is a Dash 8 as well.


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User currently offlineRachelBDL From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 72 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

Quoting Gman3 (Reply 6):
I would really like to see United reinstate BDL-DEN again. I also worked one of the last BDL-SFO flights in August 2001.

According to my (WN) station manager, there have been talks about a carrier starting BDL-DEN service again, and WN is a possibility. I don't remember the details, but there is a big name in CT that is asking for it.

I think it's interesting with DL starting BDL-JFK soon. The last I remember of thr route was AA flying it, and stopping service about 3-4 years ago. That flight must be incredibly short. It only takes a few hours to drive. They'd have to charge a really low fare to get people to decide between the flight and driving to NYC.

There's been a little new construction in terminal A the past few days. The vacant section across from the Lavazza coffee shop is finally being built up, and according to the state trooper I asked, will be a newsstand and a bagel shop. Now where DL would put a Crown Room is beyond me. They've got their gate space full already, and gate 8 is on the edge of DL territory. We only use it if we have to, as it's still owned by the state and any use costs us. DL had use of it for a few days last month due to the jetway on 10 (I think) being down.

Quoting Fjnovak1 (Reply 15):
Next step is to expand the WN/CO/DL/NW terminal pier and add a gate 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 -- add gates 15, 17, and 19 on the odd side and 14, 16, and 18 on the even side. Eventually, once the industry inproves somewhat and natural expansion occurs, WN will increase by a handful of flights and need another gate, bringing them to 4 or maybe 5 gates, and DL might take another gate and maybe BDL can attract B6 and FL as well, maybe even Frontier to DEN....

I don't believe there is enough room to extend the terminal without edging into cargo/post office space. Right now DL and NW park terminators overnight in the area.



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User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Regarding the DL service to JFK, I doubt there would be any passengers flying between the two points -- it's all to funnel international conections.

I flew UA BDL-DEN a few times, and every time the flights were full. I can see Frontier returning to New England at BDL with flights to DEN.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Quoting RachelBDL (Reply 18):
That flight must be incredibly short. It only takes a few hours to drive.

about 55 minutes

Quoting RachelBDL (Reply 18):
They'd have to charge a really low fare to get people to decide between the flight and driving to NYC.

well CO charges about 400-600 dollars and up for their BDL-EWR route... lets hope DL lowers that, alot.

Quoting Boeing757/767 (Reply 19):
Regarding the DL service to JFK, I doubt there would be any passengers flying between the two points -- it's all to funnel international conections.

IDK, you could get alot of folks who dont want to drive or take a train for day or short overnights to the city.



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User currently offlineMikeTheActuary From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 16):
My question is who are the unused gates (4 gates) on the US/UA pier at Terminal A for??? Could those be the new AA gates?? Also gate 25 is vacant. If you have AC share space with US and move AA you could effectively do away with the ghetto terminal. Consider the setup if you activate all 11 gates in that pier:

I think the plan at one point (and possibly still now) was the remaining carriers in Terminal B to come over to Terminal A once they finished renovations on the old half of A. While the arrangement that you describe could work (although I think some of those gates would be tight for AA's A300 to SJU), I think it would be more cramped and limiting than BDL management would like. There'd be no space left over for charters or new airlines until new gates are built.

Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 16):
Next step is to expand the WN/CO/DL/NW terminal pier and add a gate 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 -- add gates 15, 17, and 19 on the odd side and 14, 16, and 18 on the even side.

The master plan includes a provision to add 4 gates to the end of the newest concourse. I think if you go beyond that, things would start to get tight as regards to clearance for apron space, taxiway Sierra, and maybe even 01/19 (although that runway is supposed to be demoted to just a taxiway sometime too).

Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 16):
If they expanded anymore the plan should be for a new concourse where the Murphy Terminal is now.

That's the plan.


User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Quoting RachelBDL (Reply 18):
I think it's interesting with DL starting BDL-JFK soon. The last I remember of thr route was AA flying it, and stopping service about 3-4 years ago. That flight must be incredibly short. It only takes a few hours to drive. They'd have to charge a really low fare to get people to decide between the flight and driving to NYC.

I cannot imagine many people choosing to fly from Hartford to the other side of Long Island. This route is purely a feeder for Delta's other flights, primarily their European and cross country routes. Airlines set the fares for such connecting routes depending on the the origination and destination. In other words- DL's fare for BDL-JFK-CDG will be based on what competitors such as CO (BDL-EWR-CDG), UAL (BDL-IAD-CDG), or NW (BDL-DTW-CDG) charge. Delta is trying to get more traffic onto its JFK operations. To do so, they are trying to capture more traffic from the NE, not just NYC.


User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

I know we all can ponder on what routes should be flown but I really do not know why we at United ever stopped flying from BDL to DEN. Out of all the routes we have lost in the past years, I think this one was always a mystery to me. With the amount of traffic that comes out of that airport, it just doesn't make sense that some of that traffic can not be funnelled through DEN. Not to mention the amount of people who like to ski in the winter.
I also wouldn't mind seeing a PVD-DEN route.

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User currently offlineEric777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

I also scratch my head as to (1) why DEN-BDL was ever cancelled (and SFO too), and (2) why it hasn't been restarted. The SLC flight seems to be doing well. You'd figure UA or F9 would see that. You gotta think that DEN cannot be too far off now.

As for JFK, I remeber when AEagle and Trans States flew props and DL had a 763 on it. I would think that if anyone really wanted to start service from BDL-NYC just for point-to-point, it would go to LGA.

Anyway, here's my votes for new service at BDL:
DEN - UA or F9
SFO - UA
MEM - NW
Europe - Anyone


25 Post contains images Cadet57 : Humbug LGA would not do any good for DL as the JFK flight is timed to link with international Departures for more feed for the JFK flights.
26 Eric777 : Definitely, similar to CO with EWR-BDL. I'm sure more people transit though EWR than people flying BDL-EWR-BDL only.
27 BDL2DCA : As much as I would love to see Europe service out of BDL, I just don't see it happening. Most European destinations can be reached by a single stop i
28 RL757PVD : F9 was a week away from announcing BDL-DEN, but then WN announced DEN service and that plan went out the window. (notice all the added freqncies to e
29 Eric777 : I agree. As much as I would like to see a couple of transatlantic flights from BDL, I cannot see it happening either, not with JFK, BOS, and EWR not
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