Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3525 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3861 times:
Yes, I know DL used to have a CRC there. And I know that US used to have a bigger presence. But with NW's BDL-AMS service, DL's flights to the south and west, as well as CO's service, shouldn't the skyteam carriers consider opening a club?
SFOQQAA From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 96 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3577 times:
Maybe the costs of running a club at BDL (whichever airline owns it) don't provide a good business case for keeping a lounge there. The staffing, rent, utilities, supplies, janitorial, food and beverage etc. could force the lounge to operate at a loss. That would not make sense. I know when AA closes lounges, it's because they are not profitable, not because of the number of flights. Look at cities like SJC and EWR. They have seen the loss of international markets and reductions in day to day operations, but the lounges are still able to operate because they are able to generate enough revenue to remain profitable. I realize the lounges are nice amenities, but it is stll a business.
Jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 3136 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
Ok here are some of the numbers I got:
DL Daily Capacity 2,511 pax
NW 1,134 pax
CO 461 pax.
That turns to be about 4,106 available seats on Skyteam a day or about 1,498,690 a year. That is a lot of pax. I know it is just the capacity but that is a lot of of pax. And especially with the AMS flight it surprises me that they haven't looked into one. I know CT has a lot of NW business fliers. Many of the big companies in CT really tried hard to get an AMS flight on NW so That is surprising they don't have one. And with Delta having so many flights to Florida and ATL they would probably have some people there. US carries a fair amount of people but not as much as like Delta but it will be interesting to see if they look to build something within the next year.
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Something to think about.. of those 1.5 million pax a year that fly those three carriers.. how many of them are business pax... if you say ~50%.. I could understand.. but as you said.. most of the flights are to hubs and/or leisure destinations.. so why build a club if you don't have the main occupants (business travelers).. believe me, the average joe does not use airline clubs but rather just wait at the gate..
Perhaps, if BDL is so inclined, they should open a "Connecticut Club" or a "Bradley Bungaloo" where anyone can join and use.. it might be a bit more useful for them.. just a thought..
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3466 times:
Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 5): Perhaps, if BDL is so inclined, they should open a "Connecticut Club" or a "Bradley Bungaloo" where anyone can join and use.. it might be a bit more useful for them.. just a thought..
I go with the latter name. That would be highly occupied based on its name alone. I mean you would think SOMETHING fun has to happen in a Bungaloo!
MarkC From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3463 times:
Trust me, if you have never been to the US lounge at BDL, its not such a great loss. I usually just sit in the regular waiting area. I'm surprised there is a business case for that one. The hours of operation are not that long either.