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JetBlue To Discontinue TPA-CUN  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32573 posts, RR: 72
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3640 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.


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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1104 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

As my home airport, TPA fails miserably at keeping international flights. This route was also tried by NK and failed. This is really too bad.

User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1759 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3429 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Thread starter):

Jetblue also flies to Cancun from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Orlando and Washington.

Not too surprising given they fly from MCO as well, and A1N1 certainly has not helped mark potential. But I'm sure TPA will not be the last suspension to Mexico/Caribbean this year.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6300 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3397 times:



Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 1):
This route was also tried by NK and failed. This is really too bad.

Add Mexicana to that list.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineN623JB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

TPA-CUN may be discontinued for some time, but not "out of the woods"..."under consideration" as I see it..maybe more than that.


Bring JetBlue To Mexico City! (TLC and/or MEX would be great)
User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3246 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:

OAG Changes 7/17/09: B6/CO/DL/F9/FL/NK/NW/UA/US/YV (by Enilria Jul 16 2009 in Civil Aviation)

[Edited 2009-07-21 17:42:46]


"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2832 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3174 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!
User currently offlineLuv08 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3111 times:



Quoting N623JB (Reply 4):
TPA-CUN may be discontinued for some time, but not "out of the woods"..."under consideration" as I see it..maybe more than that

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


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32573 posts, RR: 72
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3070 times:



Quoting N623JB (Reply 4):
TPA-CUN may be discontinued for some time, but not "out of the woods"..."under consideration" as I see it..maybe more than that.

Your post makes no sense.

If you are trying to imply that it might resume, the fact that JetBlue gave-up the route authority yesterday kind of goes against that.



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User currently onlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3034 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  wink .



Fierce, Fabulous, and Flawless ;)
User currently offlineBTVB6Flyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2970 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.  twocents 

User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1759 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2826 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.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32573 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2802 times:



Quoting BTVB6Flyer (Reply 10):
and for Floridians why would they want to fly there when they are surround by beaches themselves.

Floridians represent the largest single source of tourists to almost every single island in the Caribbean, as well as Cancun. And when its second (to New York state), its usually not that far behind.



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2205 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2703 times:



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 3):
Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 1):
This route was also tried by NK and failed. This is really too bad.

Add Mexicana to that list.

Before Cancun was constructed, Pan Am flew MIA-TPA-MID-MEX with 707s. I believe the route was discontinued in the late 1970s.



Seaholm Maples are #1!
User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5351 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2580 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.



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineN623JB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2576 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)
User currently offlineMptpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2281 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...

Or may be Spirit might commence this....

Hope they return, atleast a Sat-Sat flight!!!


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32573 posts, RR: 72
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2246 times:



Quoting Mptpa (Reply 16):

Or may be Spirit might commence this....

Spirit already tried it. Lasted a whole of six weeks.



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