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Spirit: FLL-STI; FLL-AXM  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33278 posts, RR: 71
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Spirit will launch 4w FLL-STI (Santiago, DR) service in June:

http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/tou...twork-with-new-service-to-Santiago

Looks like they beat JetBlue to the punch.

They will also launch 3w Fort Lauderdale-Armenia, Colombia in May pending DOT approval, which should be given next week.


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User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Are frequencies to/from AXM outside the Colombia-U.S.A. bilateral, just like CTG, BAQ and ADZ?
AXM instead of PEI or CLO, interesting move.



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User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2332 times:

Please pardon my ignorance here, but what the hell is in Armenia, Colombia that it would require a link to FLL? There is no other service there from anywhere in North America and i would im gine that if there were a market there, AA would already be serving it from MIA.

What is Armenia, colombia?


User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2325 times:



Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 2):
There is no other service there from anywhere in North America and i would im gine that if there were a market there, AA would already be serving it from MIA.

Not necessarily, AA hasn't entered CTG, which is popular among many South Floridians. AV has flown the route for years and NK recently started CTG. Regardless, I do not believe that AA will enter the CTG market in the near future.


User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3437 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2321 times:

What is going on with NK in POS? Rumour has it they are ending services from the end of March!

AA1818



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2317 times:



Quoting AA1818 (Reply 4):
What is going on with NK in POS? Rumour has it they are ending services from the end of March!

Yep, the two weekly NK flights operating at POS are not bookable past 2/28/09. However, NK recently renewed their exemption with the DOT to fly to POS. So they can re-start flights at anytime.


User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2272 times:

POS has evidently suffered with Caribbean Airlines competition on the route.

They have matched fares in the market, and combined with free meals and checked baggage, and being the flag carrier, the traffic has shifted to them.

However, what people evidently are not realizing is that once NK pulls out of the market, the BW fares will most likely shoot right back up. Use it or lose it.


User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2243 times:



Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 1):
Are frequencies to/from AXM outside the Colombia-U.S.A. bilateral, just like CTG, BAQ and ADZ?

Yes, Armenia was made "open skies" in an effort to lure airlines and boost tourism.

Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 2):
Please pardon my ignorance here, but what the hell is in Armenia, Colombia that it would require a link to FLL? There is no other service there from anywhere in North America and i would im gine that if there were a market there, SA)">AA would already be serving it from MIA.

Armenia is one of the main urban centers in Colombia's coffee-growing region, a major economic and tourist zone of the country. The city itself has a population of ~300,000 inhabitants, but around 1.5 million people are actually an hour away from the airport by road. Many Colombian expats in Florida are from this region.

It is an important region in Colombia. Pereira, the other sizeable city in this zone, already has direct flights to Miami on Avianca, and apparently American has had its eye on PEI for a while now too.



SA.


User currently offlineA300AA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

NK will operate only 3 flights a week to CTG from March to May and 4 weekly flights during high seasson, so it seems that CTG is not as profitable as it looks.


Daily service to BOG,and MDE. But we will see in a couple of months if MDE has pax for 4 daily flights to Florida.


User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2048 times:



Quoting A330300 (Reply 6):
and combined with free meals and checked baggage, and being the flag carrier, the traffic has shifted to them.

Trust me...it isn't because they're the flag carrier...you answered it with the middle part about free checked baggage.


User currently offlineCaribbean484 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Jan 2007, 2657 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2029 times:



Quoting A330300 (Reply 6):



Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 9):

One of the reasons that NK performed badly than they expected in POS is because CAL is the flag carrier, they matched fares as soon as NK announced their flights, they did an entire PR campaign that really put NK as a carrier that charges for everything and they don't. That and the fact that NK has a bad reputation amongst people.
History has shown that routes where their is pure VFR base the national carrier would always have the advantage.
From the top, CAL wants the fares to remain low to stimulate demand for seats during the economic downturn, but we will have to wait to see.



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2017 times:



Quoting Caribbean484 (Reply 10):
From the top, CAL wants the fares to remain low to stimulate demand for seats during the economic downturn, but we will have to wait to see.

I wonder if BW will ever consider non-stop FLL-GEO-FLL flights in the future?


User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1875 times:



Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 2):
Please pardon my ignorance here, but what the hell is in Armenia, Colombia that it would require a link to FLL? There is no other service there from anywhere in North America and i would im gine that if there were a market there, AA would already be serving it from MIA.

What is Armenia, colombia?

Well I teach English as a second language at the local college in Fort Lauderdale, and I can tell you that out of 11 Colombians in one of my classes, 4 are from Armenia. In another class, out of 8 Colombians, 2 are from Armenia. I can tell you that my classes TEND to be a very good sample of immigration and ethnic indicators and that being said, Spirit might be seeing what I'm seeing


User currently offlineSJOtoLIR From Costa Rica, joined Jul 2007, 4615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

NK had announced last year the possible opening of services heading to ADZ San Andres Island which is also regulated upon the Open Skies agreement.
It seems that they have changed their plans adding AXM into the radar.

Regards.



"Goin' up to the spirit in the sky"
User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1777 times:



Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 7):
Armenia is one of the main urban centers in Colombia's coffee-growing region, a major economic and tourist zone of the country. The city itself has a population of ~300,000 inhabitants, but around 1.5 million people are actually an hour away from the airport by road. Many Colombian expats in Florida are from this region.



Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 12):
Well I teach English as a second language at the local college in Fort Lauderdale, and I can tell you that out of 11 Colombians in one of my classes, 4 are from Armenia. In another class, out of 8 Colombians, 2 are from Armenia. I can tell you that my classes TEND to be a very good sample of immigration and ethnic indicators and that being said, Spirit might be seeing what I'm seeing

Ahh, OK .. makes sense. Thanks for the info, guys!


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33278 posts, RR: 71
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1767 times:



Quoting SJOtoLIR (Reply 13):
NK had announced last year the possible opening of services heading to ADZ San Andres Island which is also regulated upon the Open Skies agreement.
It seems that they have changed their plans adding AXM into the radar.

No, they have not changed their plans.

Spirit plans to launch ADZ in the later part of 2009.



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