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Why Do Charters Stop In Bangor Maine  
User currently offlineAirtoday From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Why do charter flights from the UK to USA stop over in Bangor/Newfoundland.

The aircraft they are using are normally capable of flying to their destination (mostly Florida) non stop.

Is it because of government regulations or perhaps runway restrictions from regional airports, or do the a/c not have the range afterall?

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User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Maybe it's a range issue. Charter flights are nearly always full and therefore at MTOW, more weight and more fuel equals less range. There may also be an issue with food. Some older aircraft do not have enough storage space for two meals therefore a stop is needed to stock up on food. There may also be a deal with the duty free shop at Bangor as there is in the middle east where charters stop at Bahrain and Abu Dhabi so passengers can spend in the duty free.

User currently offlineKeithpilot From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Is it possible that since they fly the great circle routes over the North Atlantic, they stop in BGR because it is a port of entry?

User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

I read in the New York Times that Bangor is achieving a lot of popularity as a spot to put off the air rage passengers. They'd gotten something like 67 stops for that purpose. They have a long runway and a large enough terminal so the pax can stretch their legs and there's a Jet-A terminal that takes airline credit. Plus there's a U.S Federal Court only a few blocks from the airport, easy for the passengers to be arraigned and charged.

User currently offlineVadheim From Norway, joined Jul 2000, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

I think more and more charters from Europe fly nonstop today. From Scandinavia charters go nonstop to destinations like Cancun (Mexico), Barbados, Varadero (Cuba), Dom.Rep., Natal (Brazil) etc.

Earlier they used to stop in places like Goose Bay, Gander, Bangor and Montreal. The planes are bigger today aswell, most A330's, MD11's and B767's.

User currently offlineDeskdriver From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

You find most UK charters operate direct to florida on 767er A330 or DC10 equipment. Most flights that stop these days are the Tristar & 757 operators

The only reasons to stop in Bangor these days are Fuel or some kind of incident Ill pax or tech problem etc.

My company operates 4 x 767-300er's direct to florida & the caribbean almost everyday and we never stop in Bangor.

User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

This is just a wild guess......but aren't the landing rights/gate fees etc. whatever they're called, cheaper at a place like that ?

Less services...less popularity, therefore less money to land ?

Costs are crucial to a charters survival.

User currently offlineAlle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

I've been on the Natal Charter flight from Stockholm, it doesn't make a
stop on the ARN-NAT flight, but on the way back they make a stop at Las Palmas.
Finnair flies it's charters to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica via Bangor, it's at least because of the fuel, a B752 can't fly to the destinations mentioned above without a refueling stop.

Alexander Holst
Helsinki, Finland
ICQ 94604005

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

From what little north Atlantic experience I have, I'd have to guess that most aircraft that have to make a stop at Bangor (other than the obvious medical, mechanical, or air rage cases) do so while they're westbound. Winds aloft data (that flight planning is based upon) is *forecast* data. When it's wrong, i.e. HEADwinds higher than planned, fuel consumption goes up. If a flight was planned tightly to begin with, the additional winds/fuel involved may now preclude being able to continue to the originally desired destination, someplace west of Bangor in the US, Mexico, etc.

Eastbound, with prevalent tailwinds, I'd guess that Bangor stops are far fewer in number...

User currently offlineMatey From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

It goes back to the days when we used a lot of 757s on the Florida route which didn't have the range. A very efficient turnround service developed as a result with minimum ground time. Nowadays we use mainly aircraft that do have the range, but from time to time need to stop for a variety of reasons. (for instance we carry a large amount of freight at very profitable rates on the route, and often the company prefer us to carry the freight, at the expense of fuel load, and stop on route.) As Bangor is usually right on the route we fly, it is convenient and provides a quick turnround.

User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Landing fees make all the difference... would you rather land at an airport that charges $0.75US / per 1,000 lbs per aircraft or an airport that chargest something less.. be it $0.50/US per 1,000 lbs. (not quite sure of the actual figure at Bangor, but it's not that high).

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