DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8818 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2712 times:
My guess is it's partly a combination of FLL being close by (WN has a large operation there), high costs with MIA (I've heard somewhere that the costs at MIA for users are much higher than average, which would be something that LCCs don't like) and the AA hub probably doesn't help.
It's no more than a 45 minute drive from MIA to FLL (I've done this timed on the back roads, going all the way taking Route 1 up to the 96th St Bridge, taking a left onto A1A in Bal Harbour (north of where all the construction is, which starts just south of Bal Harbour, at least as of right now) and taking that up to Hollywood and cutting back over. Not all too unreasonable.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31714 posts, RR: 72 Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
Operating costs are very high. AirTran has five daily flights to Atlanta and Chicago, but that's it. However, as FLL continues to suffer from lack of space, I think another LCC might give in sooner or later.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
1. FLL (I know that you dont want to hear it but its relevant).......FLL is South Florida's airport of choice for domestic travel and LCC travel. Many pax prefer FLL over MIA for domestic services.
2. AA........AA rules at MIA and competing with AA at its very important MIA hub is a difficult task. I dont think that any of the LCCs want to get into a major battle with AA at MIA when the FLL alternative is available. It will be difficult for an LCC to establish itself at MIA.....AA will match whatever fares the LCC offers and will entice all of its AAdvantage members with triple miles, etc.
3. Operating costs at MIA are rather high.
It will be interesting to see which LCC makes a move and attempts service to MIA.......there were strong rumors that JetBlue was giving MIA a very serious look (its the missing link in their Florida system) but, so far, nothing has been announced.
SLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 3952 posts, RR: 11 Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2605 times:
Operating costs at MIA are extremely high, which no doubt keeps LCCs from coming in, similarly to DFW, and increasingly up at SEA-TAC. DEN used to have this problem, but the disposal sale of some of the old Stapleton site has enabled the City of Denver to lower the costs at DEN by roughly one third over the last couple of years. When it costs airlines roughly $15.00 (USD) per head to get them into a certain airport like MIA, LCC carriers, especially WN will avoid such. Pretty much 4 airports in North America are considered high priced, and beyond the cost structure of most LCC business plans. These airports include MIA, DFW, SEA and YYZ.
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Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 7808 posts, RR: 8 Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
Per the Miami Herald it cost $15.00 per head at MIA, since its a big internatioal airport big ticket prices can absorb this. FLL is about $5.00 per head, a cost much more friendly for $99.00 to New York. Jet Blue has 16 A320 to NYC evry day, Delta has many flights to JFk adn LGA too so the lower cost does matter.
Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2407 posts, RR: 32 Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
Quoting AirScoot (Reply 8): Just because someone calls themselves a low cost carrier doesn't make it true. Same goes for changing your stock symbol to LCC. I think the discussion is on low fare carrier.
If its a discussion on a low fare carrier, then why is the title about low cost carriers?
Apodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3928 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
One other thing to remember, there is a rail link between MIA and FLL that gets overlooked. In fact PBI is also on the same rail line. And it doesn't take that long for a train to get from MIA to FLL either.
But if I had a choice, I would probably fly into FLL. Its a nicer airport, in a nicer area, and with what I feel is better highway access. MIA better do something about their costs, because it seems like everyone is downsizing there save AA, and truthfully, I think it will get to a point where legacy carriers maintain a token presence at best there. And if you want to see airlines use bigger AC, they tend to send them to FLL and not MIA. I have seen CO 753's and DL 757's in FLL for example.