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Condor Says No To Sarasota; Adds FLL Frequency  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4272 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.

Article:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...RTICLE/9021044/2055/NEWS?p=1&tc=pg

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.


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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4252 times:

Too bad.. would've been great to see german carrier at SRQ!!!

cheers : DALelite



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User currently offlineDeltaHolland From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

Glad to see they added a new frequency to FLL. When I flew the flight to Frankfurt and back, they were both completely full. The check-in agent also said the flight always went out completely full.

User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

Cited the ongoing oil spill? There is nothing wrong with the beaches there and the oil is pretty well cleaned up.


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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3694 times:
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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.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3449 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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User currently offlinelv From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3100 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.


User currently offlinepeanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 4):

Nice work! Who's your boss?   

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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