Tomorrow afternoon, Zoom is expected to announce three weekly non-stop, scheduled flights between Ft. Lauderdale and London Gatwick, beginning in May.
Great news. If this does well over the summer, I can totally see this going daily next winter.
Combined with Maxjet's likely (although delayed from the original January 2008 planned start) arrival to MIA next year, it will be for some healthy competition and five airlines in the Miami-London market.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 11430 times:
Is the flight timed at FLL to avoid the congestion of the international terminal? From the horror stories I've heard of all the international expansion and all of the new flights arriving at the same time, I hope Zoom avoids the worst of it!!
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APYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 850 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9612 times:
Didnt Laker try FLL back in 2000 and something or the late 90's. They didnt find the traffic for it. I wouldnt imagine it features hugely on most holidaymakers list of must go places but at least another option I suppose.
It will be interesting if its a route they keep in the winter as I can see it having decent traffic in the winter as that would fill a definate gap
Most of the Cruises use the charters from the UK so I doubt they will pick up huge amounts of traffic from that but it will give the few who choose to make their own flight arrangements another choice.
Im going to Fort Lauderdale next November but even though Zoom is more convenient I'll be with BA to Miami - till Zoom get flat beds anyways
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MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33796 posts, RR: 70
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9492 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 11): Whatever happened to Laker Airways operation between FLL and Europe in the 90s, besides obviously ending. Did they run out of money or could they not fill the planes?
I don't know the details exactly, but other than running out of money, they had huge issues with slots and complained about anti-competitive moves by other airlines. I'll look up some old articles on Lexis later today and post them.
Especially when one flies through the new South Concourse. Though, admittedly, flying AA at MIA is going to be a mess for the next 24-30 months while Concourse A is closed and the North Concourse construction wraps up. They are tight on gates pace and are already having to have some flight use Concourse G, which will soon be pretty empty (only Northwest, AirTran, and Gulfstream).
Quoting APYu (Reply 12): It will be interesting if its a route they keep in the winter as I can see it having decent traffic in the winter as that would fill a definate gap
I couldn't imagine it not being kept during the winter.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 28332 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9180 times:
Quoting APYu (Reply 12): Most of the Cruises use the charters from the UK
They dont actually . The big players in the UK actually use BA/VS/AA/DL/CO . My second hobbie is cruise vacations and I have never been offered a charter flight by Royal Caribbean/Celebrity/Silversea or NCL. They have the odd charter but it wouldnt be more than 10% . I have seen the odd charter into BGI and the weekly Summer ones to PMI by First Choice but for the USA its 90% scheduled services they use.
BAOPS777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8867 times:
Quoting FLLspoter (Reply 19): I agree. Ocasonaly we get Thomas Cook or a FCA but that is it that goes across the pond. I mean we should get BA/VS or AA service across the pond.
I work for BA but must say the FCA product is excellent. That is one airline that could make a huge sucess of a 5-7 x weekly service to FLL. BA won't as it offers a codeshare flight with AA ex ORD and would have to have clear evidence of a year round direct customer base. Saying that BA operates next summer 14 x week to MIA, 10x week to MCO (up from 7) and 5 x week to TPA. FLL with BA would be a good service for the BA portfolio it would probably operate ex LGW and would probably start 3 x weekly if BA where to operate it.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33796 posts, RR: 70
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8804 times:
Quoting BAKJet (Reply 16): Didn't the article say it was expected to be announced today. Has it been?(not meant to be mean or sarcastic that is a real question)
Yes, it did say that, but that's apparently not the case. The announcement will come within a few days according to Miami's ABC affiliate.
Quoting BAOPS777 (Reply 20): Saying that BA operates next summer 14 x week to MIA, 10x week to MCO (up from 7) and 5 x week to TPA. FLL with BA would be a good service for the BA portfolio it would probably operate ex LGW and would probably start 3 x weekly if BA where to operate it.
And apparently MIA-LHR on BA will return to 17x weekly In November 2008.
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5911 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8276 times:
Very interesting development which I will be following very closely... The article does not speak of "definites" but seems pretty sure that something is up... Again, from my viewpoint, very interesting.