SJOtoLIR From Costa Rica, joined Jul 2007, 4078 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 899 times:
Quoting N62NA (Thread starter): EWR is the Star Alliance "superhub" yet TAM doesn't fly there, yet other Star Alliance airlines (notably LH) serve EWR.
LH flies to both New York JFK and Newark/Liberty out of Germany.
Let's forget for a moment if TAM would leave Star Alliance.
I would like to debate if the [New York-Brazil] market is larger than [New York-Germany], in order to support the hypothetical dual non-stop flights named [Brazil-JFK] and [Brazil-EWR] on TAM.
For illustrative purposes, the former Continental Airlines blocked in the past to Copa Airlines, in order to fly the PTY-EWR sector which was served by CO, in those days. As a result, Copa Airlines was forced to fly to New York JFK.
Both airlines are operating in harmony at this time: CM PTY-JFK 14x weekly plus UA EWR-PTY 7x weekly.