Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
New Airline At Clt?  
User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

Hello Everyone
Earlier today, I saw a commercial for the news on FOX 18 here in Charlotte,NC. Anyways, they said "We'll tell you about a new airline coming to Charlotte", well when I went to turn on the t.v at 10., I was too late, and they were saying how the airline had not bought a gate yet, but that the airport said they will put them in Concourse D at gate D4, which is kind of odd since its in the International Concourse. I don't think they said it was an International Airline. So, I was wondering if anyone out there had anymore information about this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

4 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineUSAirwys4Lyfe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3230 times:

I just checked the CLT airport webpage and they didn't have anything about a new airline. I also haven't heard anything about it here in Wilmington, NC


User currently offlineNickV1r From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

According to the NBC6 (local CLT) website, its going to be Southeast Airlines, a reorganized Sunjet...I've seen their planes in CLT on charters before parked on D4...all 727s I think, could be wrong though

User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

This was in the Charlotte Observer newspaper today...

"For the first time in three years, a low-cost, low-fare airline is set to begin service to Charlotte.

Aviation sources say Southeast Airlines, a 2-year-old Largo, Fla.-based charter carrier, will fly
from Charlotte to Atlanta and St. Petersburg, Fla., starting Oct. 26.

The airline will use DC-9 jets seating about 110 passengers and will offer a single round trip to
each city six days a week, the sources said. Atlanta is the most popular destination for Charlotte
passengers, while little-used St. Petersburg-Clearwater International offers an alternative to
busy Tampa International.

Southeast will operate as a "public charter," rather than a scheduled airline, a transportation
department classification requiring that its ticket revenues are placed in an escrow account until
the flight is completed.

"Charters are canceled every so often, and this protects passengers until the flight has taken
place," said Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Mosley.

Airline spokesmen and Charlotte/Douglas International Airport declined to comment
Wednesday. The airline's schedule and fares were not available. US Airways' Charlotte-Atlanta
fares in late October range from $214 round trip to $778, while Charlotte-Tampa fares ranges
from $182 to $960.

Southeast's owner and president is Thomas Kolfenbach, according to Transportation
Department records. Kolfenbach is an industry veteran who previously ran Largo-based Sun
Jet. Started in 1993, it offered $69 flights between Newark, N.J., and Florida destinations.

It expanded until 1996, when Kolfenbach sold it. When Sun Jet faltered and filed for
bankruptcy court protection in 1998, Kolfenbach repurchased it and reorganized it as Southeast

Southeast has been operating as a charter carrier, offering flights for Biloxi, Miss., vacationers
as well as for the White House press corps and college sports teams.

Charlotte/Douglas is a hub airport for US Airways, which carries more than 90 percent of the
airport's passengers and generally sets fares. The airline declined to comment Wednesday.

Last year, anger over high US Airways fares prompted the creation of a mayor's task force to
explore ways to increase competition in Charlotte. Airport officials plan to visit several low-fare
carriers, but little-known Southeast was not among them.

The last time a low-fare airline operated in Charlotte was 1997, when ValuJet flew a
Charlotte-Atlanta route for three months.

Passengers stayed away, deterred by memories of the airline's May 1996 crash near Miami and
by tough competition, including fare reductions and more convenient scheduling, by Delta Air
Lines and US Airways.

Often, small carriers try to serve major markets but pull out when major carriers, which already
offer more frequent service, cut selected fares.

Passengers tend to stick with the major airlines, where they are generally members of
frequent-flier programs.

However, there are exceptions when carriers are so small and offer such limited service that
majors don't consider it worthwhile to compete aggressively.

"Maybe these guys can slip under the radar screen," said veteran airline industry analyst Morton
Beyer. "That's quite possible in Atlanta, and St. Pete is a thin market, an alternative to Tampa,
where nobody has really made a success of it so far.

"But usually, the guys who have a chance in this business have millions of dollars to spend,"
Beyer said. "A guy with a few old airplanes and no marketing budget faces an uphill fight."

User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

"D" concourse is not used solely for international flights...there are a number of domestic flights in/out of there as well.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
New Airline At Kbos? posted Thu Nov 30 2006 02:40:59 by PILOTALLEN
New Airline At DUB - Jetgreen! posted Wed Mar 10 2004 12:55:46 by Jmc757
Possible New Airline At PIT posted Mon Nov 10 2003 18:12:41 by Bruce
New Airline At JFK? posted Fri Sep 26 2003 20:47:13 by Kevi747
New Airline At PVD Announcement On Monday posted Sat Oct 5 2002 22:53:07 by RL757PVD
Updates On New Airline At Toronto Island Airport? posted Tue May 28 2002 03:28:18 by Q400
New Airline At Gatwick posted Wed May 15 2002 23:36:50 by SBE727
New Airline Structure At LHR When T5 Opens posted Tue Jun 7 2005 00:52:20 by FlyAUA
New Airline Service At FLL posted Sat Jul 10 2004 22:40:00 by Jetpixx
My New Job At SFO And 1st Airline Job! posted Wed May 26 2004 09:20:43 by 744