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Delta ATL-SXM? Not Daily?  
User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4242 posts, RR: 6
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

A friend of mine was trying to purchase tickets to St. Maarten in late August from Atlanta. No dice on Delta from their megahub.

My friend decided to call Delta and see what was going on - after much confusion on the other end of the phone, he was told ATL-SXM goes from a daily-except-Saturday flight to a Saturday-only flight sometime about now (early June).In the end, my friend and his wife chose to drive to Charlotte (he lives near I-85 in NE Georgia) and fly from there on US Airways. It is less convenient to use CLT than ATL but this was deemed a better alternative than not having a direct flight.

US Airways, it should be noted, has a year-round flight to SXM, as do several other airlines from their hub including JetBlue (JFK), American (MIA) and even Spirit (FLL).

I realize the tourist-laden market of SXM is not exactly a revenue powerhouse - I guess I was just surprised that DL served but once a week during the off-peak times. If the other airlines can offer a daily flight from their hubs, surely DL can from ATL?!

Does anybody have further insight in to this? (This has nothing to do with my friend's plight; I was honestly just surprised about the lack of service by the world's largest airline from the world's largest hub. I guess it is the inner-route planner in me thinking this was slightly odd...!)


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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

It variest by season....

I think its something like:

Dec-April Daily (sometimes an extra flight Sat/Sun RON)
May-Aug 4x weekly
Sept-Nov 1-3x weekly



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User currently offlinemah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32603 posts, RR: 72
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Quoting richierich (Thread starter):
I realize the tourist-laden market of SXM is not exactly a revenue powerhouse -

Quite the contrary. St. Maarten is a high-yield, high-fare market with limited competition and attracts upscale clientele.



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User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2050 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

Quoting mah4546 (Reply 2):

Quite the contrary. St. Maarten is a high-yield, high-fare market with limited competition and attracts upscale clientele.

Limited competition? Just about every airline in the US flies to SXM. I'll also disagree with the "upscale clientele" part, I wouldn't put a lot of the people I've met this week in that category.

Quoting richierich (Thread starter):
A friend of mine was trying to purchase tickets to St. Maarten in late August from Atlanta. No dice on Delta from their megahub.

I thought there was a DL flight from JFK listed on the surfboard on the beach today, though that was a number of Caribs ago. I'll have to check the camera pics in the morning. That is the heart of hurricane season and travel here drops off significantly from the summer until after the season passes.


User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8751 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2204 times:
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Quoting silentbob (Reply 3):
Just about every airline in the US flies to SXM. I'll also disagree with the "upscale clientele" part, I wouldn't put a lot of the people I've met this week in that category.

He is absolutely correct when he stated that SXM is a high-yield/high-fare market. The "upscale clientele" usually connect via SXM to Saint Barthélemy and AXA. After all, SXM is the gateway airport to SBH.


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

Quoting silentbob (Reply 3):
I'll also disagree with the "upscale clientele" part, I wouldn't put a lot of the people I've met this week in that category.

There seem to be plenty of business jets at SXM, and I don't think that St. Maarten is a big business center like some other places.



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User currently offlinemah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32603 posts, RR: 72
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting silentbob (Reply 3):
Limited competition? Just about every airline in the US flies to SXM. I'll also disagree with the "upscale clientele" part, I wouldn't put a lot of the people I've met this week in that category.

Yes, limited competition. Competition is not only a factor of number of carriers, but also capacity.

You can disagree if you wish, but the fact remains St. Maarten is an upscale leisure destination that probably upwards of 75% of American can't really afford to visit. It is also the primary gateway for Americans to the extremely exclusive island of St. Bart's.



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25004 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
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Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
There seem to be plenty of business jets at SXM, and I don't think that St. Maarten is a big business center like some other places.

T'ain't bad. The Dutch side is a huge center for marine insurance, and there are tiny, pokey offices in Philipsburg where they deal in billions every day.

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User currently offlinecaribbean484 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Jan 2007, 2634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

Quoting silentbob (Reply 3):
Limited competition? Just about every airline in the US flies to SXM. I'll also disagree with the "upscale clientele" part, I wouldn't put a lot of the people I've met this week in that category

Every US airline does fly there, but not from the same destinations. SXM is very exclusive tourist destination for American Travellers. A two day package to SXM normally starts from US$800 for a short trip from either MIA or JFK. SXM is more so good for persons in the Caribbean for shopping.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
There seem to be plenty of business jets at SXM, and I don't think that St. Maarten is a big business center like some other places.

It caters for many business conferences and many times Businessmen just want to get away, SXM is the place to go.



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User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Quoting caribbean484 (Reply 8):
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
There seem to be plenty of business jets at SXM, and I don't think that St. Maarten is a big business center like some other places.

It caters for many business conferences and many times Businessmen just want to get away, SXM is the place to go

And since you can't fly a bizjet into SBH, it's as close as you can get.


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