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TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight  
User currently onlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4061 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

Interesting note from Ben Mutzabaugh over at "Today in the Sky" at USAToday.com linking an article in the Tampa Bay online paper about the desire for better service: http://www.tbo.com/news/money/MGBK0CF4A1F.html and hiring a marketing consultant for the airport. Tampa Bay (TPA) is seeking a direct flight to SFO for better Asia connection (Is UA interested in such a flight?). Also they would like a flight to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica (Perhaps an opportunity for DL to try a P2P outside of ATL?). Additionally a flight to Frankfurt (FRA), Germany is desired (Would LH be interested?).
TPA is somewhat one of those "catch-22" airports market wise since MIA isn't far away and AA's big hub there. MCO is just an hour or two away with all of the O&D traffic the Magic Kingdom's big airport obviously draws. To top it off, you have the DL mega-hyb just up the road in ATL. What is a consultant to do with an airport like TPA?  scratchchin 


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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32782 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

There is one of these articles from a Tampa newspaper every 8-12 months. Realisticly, they should be very satisfied with flights to Los Angeles and London. I think Spirit is their best (and only) shot at San Jose (still very unlikely), while Delta Connection or Spirit could fill the Nassau void (which in reality is the only real void, here).

[Edited 2007-05-07 17:27:57]


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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2202 times:

Couldn't TPA just do the study then sell it to every airport out there saying the same thing? Aren't all airports gonna have a report stating how important it is for them to have international service to XXX, YYY, and ZZZ? They could at least make a profit off their study..


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User currently onlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4061 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 1):
Realisticly, they should be very satisfied with flights to Los Angeles and London. I think Spirit is their best (and only) shot at San Jose (still very unlikely), while Delta Connection or Spirit could fill the Nassau void (which in reality is the only real void, here).

 checkmark  TPA just doesn't get the O&D traffic that MCO gets and lacks the hub AA has put into MIA. I'm not certain, but isn't FLL ahead of them in O&D passengers as well as overall passengers? Does the DL flight to SLC (#1035--752) give them the west coast options (including SFO) they want? In addition to the two 738s DL sends from there to LAX?



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

I'd like to see a TPA-SFO flight, but I don't ever see it coming to fruition.

-Copa


User currently offlineClrd4t8koff From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 4):
I'd like to see a TPA-SFO flight, but I don't ever see it coming to fruition.

UA ala TED couldn't fill at least 1 A320 flight a day? A morning departure from Tampa with a red-eye return from SFO???


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

TPA will very much need to focus on getting business travellers into the city. The revenue generated by a big company (and smaller ones, too) having a long-term contract with an airline to provide travel here in California (Hewlett-Packard and United are HUGE here!) would focus an airline's attention on expansion.


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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Quoting Clrd4t8koff (Reply 5):

UA ala TED couldn't fill at least 1 A320 flight a day? A morning departure from Tampa with a red-eye return from SFO???

I'd think that would work, but when there isn't even an SFO-FLL flight, I find it hard to believe an SFO-TPA flight will come along.

-Copa


User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32782 posts, RR: 72
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 7):

I'd think that would work, but when there isn't even an SFO-FLL flight, I find it hard to believe an SFO-TPA flight will come along.

NK is planning a daily SFO-FLL flight to start in December. Not definite yet, though.



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 8):
NK is planning a daily SFO-FLL flight to start in December. Not definite yet, though.

About time. Would work out well I would imagine. I don't know how B6 is doing in the FLL-OAK route, but it's long overdue for SFO to have another SoFla connection.

-Copa


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