USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3227 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
I was poking my nose around the ALB airport website and I found this...
"ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ADD TORONTO FLIGHTS
Albany, NY (February 9, 2000) - - - Rev. Michael A. Farano, Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority today announced that Air Georgian will begin direct flights from Albany to Toronto beginning April 3.
"The addition of flights to Canada is a continuation of our goal to expand service and lower fares," said Rev. Farano. "We are most pleased to welcome Air Georgian to the Albany family."
Air Georgian will operate seven days a week and offer three non-stop flights to Toronto each business day. A flight schedule will be announced shortly. In addition to providing direct flights to Toronto, passengers traveling from Albany will benefit from the opportunity to connect beyond Toronto to Air Canada and Star Alliance global destinations.
Air Georgian will operate Beachcraft 1900D aircraft. The 18-seat aircraft features a stand-up cabin, comfortable reclining leather seating, under-seat storage and a lavatory.
"Our focus will be on delivering quality service to the customer and helping to build the Air Canada network," said Paul Mulrooney, President of Air Georgian Limited.
Air Georgian will be a subsidiary of Air Ontario, which now offers daily flights from Toronto to both Syracuse and Rochester. Air Georgian will take over the flights to Syracuse and Rochester.
Air Georgian will operate as Air Ontario's tier three carrier in route development. Air Ontario says its long-term goal is to put larger aircraft on the Albany-Toronto flights as the route matures.
Business Express was the last airline to offer flights from Albany to Toronto. The service was terminated in 1996. "
First off I didn't know BEX operated the ALB-YYZ run, and second off, is ALB ever going to get bigger planes? There is usually up to 5 daily(it depends on the freakish frequency) This summer they will have 2/3/4 daily. Anyone here at AC, with any info?
Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2361 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2113 times:
Even though the planes are small it boggles my mind the amount of flights some of these airports support. Kingston so many times a day on Air Georgian to YYZ when it is not that far of a drive is an example. Albany I can see more due to having to go around the lake. This must be for connecting purposes versus supporting a direct business service but I may be wrong. Wouldn't flying to Neward or Kennedy be better though for connections?
Nomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2078 times:
A few weeks ago as I was waiting to fly out of ALB to San Diego on US, I watched a Toronto flight arrive. I believe it was the first flight of the day on a Monday morning. There were only 4 people aboard. I would have expected a few more as this was the first flight at the start of the business week. The return flight boarded only 5 people. I don't know what kind of loads they had later in the day.
USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3227 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1772 times:
Quoting Nomadic (Reply 5): A few weeks ago as I was waiting to fly out of ALB to San Diego on US, I watched a Toronto flight arrive. I believe it was the first flight of the day on a Monday morning. There were only 4 people aboard. I would have expected a few more as this was the first flight at the start of the business week. The return flight boarded only 5 people. I don't know what kind of loads they had later in the day.
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1688 times:
I would think that the loads testify for themselves. YYZ is not a cheap airport to fly in and out of. I fly out of BUF instead. However there are some flights that are cheaper flying out of Toronto, not much choice nor control then for consumers. Air Georgian should consider a VLT aircraft - an air taxi service between these communities.
YGK I don't know their loads. Are they full? Or are they as bad as YYZ-ALB?
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