TakeORF From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 8 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 10024 times:
Another airline is expected to start service to PHF and will be announced on February 13. AirTran will stop flying there on March 9. The article mentions that jetBlue is the expected airline because it could best fill AirTran's void.
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2745 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 9969 times:
That would be great! I would imagine JetBlue could do well there, as the Hampton Roads area is a huge metro and with all the military people, should have lots of comings & goings. We flew into PHF last year and really liked it. I really hope PHF grows, as I think it should!
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2767 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 9972 times:
So from the article, based on FL's departure:
"As part of its merger with Southwest Airlines, AirTran will cease its Newport News operation March 9. That decision, announced last summer, has had airport officials scrambling to fill the gap that will be left by the departure of the Peninsula's most popular air travel service that currently provides flights to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando."
...the only thing that B6 wouldn't touch right now would be ATL, but could provide service to JFK, BOS and MCO (although G4 does service to the Orlando Area). Makes me think that B6 is going to be making an announcement soon...should be a nice addition if it's true!!
[Edited 2012-02-01 15:26:57]
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BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1887 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 9832 times:
BOS will no longer have any flights to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, ORF or PHF, so I think it's quite likely that B6 will step in. I'm hoping for that. I wonder if B6 will announce any other routes at the same time, especially since their anniversary is coming February 11 and they just got slots at LGA and DCA.
mijoatlanta From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9628 times:
I agree B6 makes perfect sense excluding MCO but I think RIC has to be considered in the scheme of things. It was the proximity of Newport News to Richmond and Norfolk that seemed to be the reason for AirTran to drop PHF. Does it seem likely that B6 would serve both RIC and PHF? Could they consolidate in Newport News? Will be interesting to see what happens.
BeechToBus From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 179 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9405 times:
Agreed, I believe that if it is between NK and B6, it would be NK simply because it seems that if B6 were to serve Hampton Roads, they would use the more central ORF. NK has been regularly adding second tier airports like PHF as of late.
vatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 892 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9047 times:
AirTran made PHF and RIC work for years, so I've never bought the "...but it's too close to XXX" argument. And even though the two airports are only 60 miles apart, I-64 is a barrier for a lot of people considering which airport to fly from. There's also Southside Hampton Roads residents who do use PHF but wouldn't even consider RIC because it's well over a two hour drive from Virginia Beach, especially with Southwest at ORF. JetBlue could grab a lot of those pax at PHF.
aerlingusa330 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 347 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8683 times:
B6 will probably start up a PHF-JFK route. Don't forget that B6 does not serve JFK from RIC, only BOS now because of the competition on the route, so this would be a logical fit because there is no competition on the PHF-JFK route like there is from RIC.
I think it'd be too big of a gamble for NK to start service into PHF.
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bohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2409 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8236 times:
Seriously though, PHF has been lobbying airlines to come there ever since they learned they wouldn't survive the WN/FL merger. They have a passenger friendly terminal with about 10-12 gates with jetways.
My first thought when I saw the thread title was Spirit. They would fill a void between PHF-Florida and PHF-Northeast and maybe a route or two westbound from PHF.
Jetblue could also be a possibility for Northeast and Florida routes. I would have always thought Jetblue would pick ORF over PHF because ORF is further away from RIC than PHF and there is a bigger population near ORF. However, PHF might have offered Jetblue some very good incentives to go there.
The problem with PHF is that it sits on the other side of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel from ORF. Anybody who lives in this region, including myself, know that the tunnel is a major bottleneck with backups of 4+ miles on a daily basis and God only knows what the traffic will be like on the other side. I am willing to pay a somewhat higher fare to fly out of ORF than put up with the drive to PHF.
mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31117 posts, RR: 74 Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7374 times:
If it's not Spirit, I'd be surprised. NK makes perfect sense.
Quoting BeechToBus (Reply 21):
Love the expert reporting; I wonder if AA now knows they are headquartered in Miami.
While officially HQd in Dallas, and the reporter should have clearly noted that, AA does run a sort of dual-HQ structure with a second, smaller HQ ops in Miami. It's a vestige of the Eastern merger that has somehow survived, and actually I'm told creates some tension because the two ops often disagree on many things.