MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
I thought I read somewhere that BTR-DEN was supposed to be announced today, either by F9 (likely pick) or UA (a little less likely due to UA's operating at MSY). I've searched the BTR newspapers but I've found nothing yet.
I think F9 could very well make BTR work with two daily E70's. Maybe F9 decided not to bother with MSY since UA will have all three Ted flights up and running again by June....
UA would certainly throw in United Express CR2's or CR7's...and it would increase, albeit minimally, the carriers' prescence in the South, which has historically not been that great to begin with but has decreased even more over the past several years.
"Baton Rouge already has committed $1 million toward incentives to lure a Denver carrier, with a deal that could be announced as soon as next week, said Anthony Marino, the aviation director at Metro Airport."
Which, I suspect, was a reporter jumping the gun to make his case.
Frontier first mentioned it nearly two years ago - post-Katrina, and we know they've been in discussions with BTR since then:
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2320 times:
BTR may be a questionable market....if and when the incentives run out, I could see F9 or UA leaving the market.
Right after Katrina...in the weeks that followed...the BTR airport director was very happy to proclaim that BTR was going to be getting tons of new service and that airlines which used to fly to MSY (I remember TA being mentioned several times) would be flying from BTR instead on a permanent basis.
Indeed, DL did start BTR-DCA and LGA, as well as added mainline to ATL....now, all that's left is the DCA flight...no more LGA, and ATL is back to all RJ.
Continental added more mainline service to IAH as well as BTR-EWR service....BTR-EWR was discontinued, and IAH is back to a lone 735 as well as the seven or so ERJ's.
American added M80 service on BTR-DFW, BTR-STL nonstops, and BTR-ORD service....BTR-DFW is back to all RJ's, BTR-STL has been discontnued, and BTR-ORD is still hanging on wit a daily RJ.
The fact is MOST of the added/increased service from BTR has bene discontinued with MSY's recovery...indeed, most BTR passengers make the one hour drive to MSY to get more nonstop options and generally lower fares.
Flyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1948 posts, RR: 10 Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 11): I can't think of the last time but next one is probably PMD-SFO on UAX starting in June. Palmdale as been airline free for a while.
That's right...thanks. I would like to see UA open up a few new Express cities and one of them is BTR (other is TOL of course ). I think they could easily start out 2x CRJ BTR-DEN and 2x CRJ to BTR-IAD and maybe add ORD later on down the road.