AF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2148 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2587 times:
I was under the impression that there was a perimeter around LGA for nonstop service, and SLC was too far (but DEN wasn't). But for some reason I started to notice nonstop service on Saturdays only starting I think in February.
Have the rules changed? When is the first flight? Is this temporary or newly available for Saturdays only?
Airport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2358 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6): No, not at all. The operating costs for one station would be significant, and on Saturdays - when there is little business travel to speak - there is no fare premium to extrapolate by serving LGA.
Airlines - including ATA, Delta and US Airways - have tried LGA-LAX/LAS/SFO on Saturdays and failed.
Quoting CGKings317 (Reply 7): I doubt it. That I know of, AS does not have a station in the lower 48 which it serves on an aggregate of less than daily.
But I also did not think AS would get into the California-Hawai'i business -- my how wrong I was!
Thanks for the prompt and thought out responses which very much answered my question.
I think that Saturday-only LGA-AUA flight has been around for quite a while. AUA is one of the rare points (other than Canada) with U.S. immigration pre-clearance. If not, I don't think that flight could operate AUA-LGA as LGA isn't equipped to handle inbound international airline flights that aren't pre-cleared. I think their customs/immigration facility only handles small aircraft and business jets etc., at least that used to be the case.
BDA/NAS/FPO are the other island points with U.S. pre-clearance. NW/DL operate LGA-NAS daily and there used to be LGA-BDA service (forget who operated that, possibly DL, but it seems to have been dropped).
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32609 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2328 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 11): NW/DL operate LGA-NAS daily and there used to be LGA-BDA service (forget who operated that, possibly DL, but it seems to have been dropped).
American, Delta, Northwest and US Airways have all operated the route within the past five years, and Spirit announced the route and started taking bookings, but never started. This summer, NW/DL does plan to fly the route with an A320.