MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31155 posts, RR: 76 Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3234 times:
Quoting B4real (Reply 4): I am surprised AA has not beat DL to this destination. MAH4546?
AA has flown to Tobago in the past from San Juan. It is a very small market. AA will take a wait and see approach, and likely see how Delta does in smaller Caribbean markets (all of which, sans Tobago, AA already serves from San Juan) before going it on their own. Not to mention they don't really have the aircraft to expand. In 2-3 years, I think you'll see MIA-PTP/FDF/GND/TAB/ANU/BON on AA.
RobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 896 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2713 times:
This is once a week service... nothing to get particularly excited about. Usually, when a place like this has once a week service, it is likely to be a subsidized flight of some sort, either through some sort of travel bank, or the flight is being sold wholesale to a travel agent for package deals.
AA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3348 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
Quoting RobertS975 (Reply 7): This is once a week service... nothing to get particularly excited about. Usually, when a place like this has once a week service, it is likely to be a subsidized flight of some sort, either through some sort of travel bank, or the flight is being sold wholesale to a travel agent for package deals.
Absolutely right! the Gov't of T&T has been pushing to have more traffic serve the islands and has also been on the move for greater tourism to support the growth in the hotel and accomodation facilities in both T&T. Expect this flight to perhaps have been courted and encouraged by T&T. I don't think the GOT&T would directly subsidize (every carrier would ask for subsidies) but perhaps some sort of tax break or other incentive such as reduced fees or something would be in the incentive bundle. From what sources tell me, the GOTT will only subsidize routes that are essential to trade and communications and which are deemed of some national significance such as the routes to Cuba, Santo Domingo and Costa Rica last year/ 2 years all in an attempt to boost trade and communication with those countries.
Quoting Belizexp (Reply 6): Wow this is a shocker!!! IMO I saw GND,CUR,GEO or PAP before TAB.
To be honest, TAB, while it is small, is one of the few tourist markets to be on the rise. There have been numerous articles in Caribbean press about the decline of tourism in markets such as ANU, GND, BGI and JAM. GEO is not a tourist destination and is quite unstable. I also believe their airport is in no way, shape or form in a condition to support proper international travel- note that Guyanese tend to transit through POS for all/ most of their travel needs!!
However, it does come as a suprise since the POS flights have not even started. I would have expected those to have had to prove themselves worthwhile and perhaps be increased to a daily flight before flights to TAB were considered!
AA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3348 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
I'm looking at COPA's website and I can't find anything on the DEC flight to POS!!! Anyone has any info on this flight??? Is it still on????? I'm thinking of popping to Panama then Colombia next summer since I've never been to South America!!