MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34612 posts, RR: 70 Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4364 times:
Obviously feeling the effects of reduced travel to Mexico, jetBlue will discontinue service between Tampa and Cancun on September 8th. This was originally supposed to be a seasonal reduction for the fall, but will become permanent.
Jetblue also flies to Cancun from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Orlando and Washington. Fort Lauderdale service just launched at possibly the worst possible time for such a route, but the Fort Lauderdale-Cancun market is just as much a VFR market as it is leisure, which will hopefully help it out.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2950 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
This was discussed in another thread for the schedule changes that are coming up. But anyway, TPA-CUN is not the only one to get hurt by the H1N1 virus. JFK-CUN, BOS-CUN, IAD-CUN will all see HUGE reductions from B6 during the trough season...
Had to dig for it, but here is where it is discussed:
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 3038 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3898 times:
No real surprise here. BOS, JFK, MCO, and FLL are all major international gateways for B6 with plenty of O&D and connecting traffic to help fill the flights to CUN. IAD-CUN is just a weekly service, and B6 has always maintained a sizeable presence out of IAD, so I can see how that works for them as well. TPA seemed like an oddball from the start, as that airport has never really been able to sustain int'l leisure routes (NW mini focus city comes to mind) and the airport only sees B6 service to BOS, JFK, HPN, and EWR. Seeing as how BOS and JFK have their own n/s flights to CUN, and HPN and EWR travelers could either use JFK flights or easily connect in MCO/FLL, TPA just didn't make much sense. Of course, I would have loved to see the likes of AUS/MSY/SAN-CUN come online if this fringe route worked for them, but seeing as how it didn't, I am quite sure that will never happen.
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
NASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3758 times:
Quoting Luv08 (Reply 7): What the hek are you talking about? I know you drink the blue cool aid and all, but even this post doesn't make sense???LOL
LOL y'know, I admire N623JB's loyalty to B6 (Btw N623, I actually worked your namesake a few weeks ago), but man he definitely knows how to go overboard! 623, easy bud. At least put a disclaimer on your posts that it's your "hope" and not something B6 actually "will" do .
BTVB6Flyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3694 times:
Why B6 started this route is beyond me. Even though TPA is my secondary home airport, I thought the move was stupid. Four airlines flew or planned to fly TPA-CUN and failed or abondand their plans. If I am not mistaken TPA-CUN is mostly if not all a leisure route, and for Floridians why would they want to fly there when they are surround by beaches themselves. I know B6 recently has been focused on Caribbean and international flying, but rather than trying to attempt such an odd route why don't they fly to other cities from TPA (same for FLL) that have more potential. Personally I think they could fly TPA-IAD/BUF and other possible destinations. If they want to add INTL flights from TPA, they need to add domestic cities first.
OP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1816 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3550 times:
Quoting BTVB6Flyer (Reply 10): If I am not mistaken TPA-CUN is mostly if not all a leisure route, and for Floridians why would they want to fly there when they are surround by beaches themselves.
Yes to the first and no to the second statement. Its mostly all leisure, and yes Florida is surrounded by beaches. But locals in TPA, MIA, FLL, etc travel plenty to the Caribbean/Mexico (CUN, PUJ, POP, NAS, AUA, MBJ, etc) for leisure because the atmosphere, quality of beaches, lodging structure (pricing, all-inclusives) and legal structure (gambling) make these places a different experience for a lot of folks.
Going back to the broader point made, in my view TPA can well handle weekly or twice-weekly service to CUN from an organized charter operator like USA3000 or the like.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 6146 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3304 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 8): the fact that JetBlue gave-up the route authority yesterday kind of goes against that.
It may have been "legally efficient" to do so. In addition to an open-ended dormancy they requested conversion to seasonal authority. They shouldn't need either seasonal or dormancy permission in TPA-CUN when there is no foreseeable demand from enough other carriers to close them out of the route. As one of the Mexican beach markets, CUN is almost open skies. I suspect they decided to avoid the expense and bother of repeated filings and amendments and simply apply to reenter the market whenever conditions might make it worthwhile.
The best time to plant a tree is today. The second best time is tomorrow.
N623JB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 716 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
JetBlue is a growing airline and I know that they would resume on cities they "suspended" or cut out of completely like Columbus,Ohio..etc., once the economy gets better. The economy is turning around, its just a big ship going 360 in the Atlantic. Thats why I said that TPA-CUN may return. "Never say never".
Bring JetBlue To Mexico City! (TLC and/or MEX would be great)
Mptpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
I hope they return, as I do go there with the family as we have a time share in Riviera Maya.. It was so convenient in terms of customs mainly when you have to drag the kids along. I hate the prospect of customs clearance in MIA or ATL, which atleast adds another 3 hours...