MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33083 posts, RR: 71 Posted (4 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 4222 times:
Condor Airlines has notified Sarasota airport officials that it has decided not to begin service to the airport. It had strongly considered launching twice weekly Sarasota-Frankfurt flights in the spring of 2011, but cited the ongoing oil spill as one reason why it has ruled against it.
In the meantime, it will extend service to its only current U.S. east coast destination, Fort Lauderdale. Starting 22 April 2011, service to Fort Lauderdale will expand from 2x to 3x weekly, operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Condor, in the United States, also serves Anchorage, Fairbanks and Las Vegas.
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 690 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 3644 times:
I agree it is sad that any reference to the oil spill played a part in their decision to not fly to SRQ. We hear continually that people everywhere assume beaches in Florida have been affected by oil spill due to publicity in the Pensacola area; however, in relation to reality, that is like saying you won't travel to Washington, DC because it is cloudy in New York. A real shame. Some of the highest rated and most beautiful beaches in Florida are on the Gulf West Coast and there is a large German draw to Florida that stretches from Jacksonville-Gainesville-Ocala-Orlando-Tampa Bay-Sarasota-Fort Myers-Naples. Additional frequencies to FLL don't touch this important group of travelers, not to speak of Americans choosing alternate service to Europe to avoid ATL, CLT, IAD, PHL and NYC hubs. LH continues to carry a large bulk of that traffic from MCO and via connection over CLT.
Come to the Gulf Coast of Florida. No oil and no hurricanes. Beautiful people, sand and sun........served with cold beer, chilled sangria and grilled grouper.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23153 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3399 times:
Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 4): Some of the highest rated and most beautiful beaches in Florida are on the Gulf West Coast and there is a large German draw to Florida that stretches from Jacksonville-Gainesville-Ocala-Orlando-Tampa Bay-Sarasota-Fort Myers-Naples.
It sort of makes you wonder why they were considering SRQ and not TPA? Was it incentives? Proximity to Naples? Something else?
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lv From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3050 times:
Does anyone know if there was some kind of incentive going on? I mean with TPA and RSW an hour in each direction what was SRQ offering?
As far as citing the oil issue. At first I thought it was BS also... but then I realized.. it doesn't matter what reality is... as long as the customers in Europe have the perception that oil is all over Florida it won't matter.
Quoting lv (Reply 6): As far as citing the oil issue. At first I thought it was BS also... but then I realized.. it doesn't matter what reality is... as long as the customers in Europe have the perception that oil is all over Florida it won't matter.
Correct. Also, Condor was nice enough to "blame" the oil spill. Now SRQ is in the position to file a loss of income claim to BP.... Nice gesture from Condor for SRQ's well intended effort.
Honestly though, SRQ?
Why some of these smaller airports work so hard to get certain service is beyond me. Waste of resources. It's all done under the motto "stimuli". Well, we all know how that's going...
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