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Could DL Establish Hub In SJU?  
User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3140 posts, RR: 8
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

With AA entrenched in MIA and with SJU up for sale, DL could buy SJU and build a hub to serve Latin America and the Carribean. I'm only half serious, but would be interested in y'alls thoughts.


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User currently offlinetommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

SJU kind of has a bad economy at the moment. Not sure if it would be wise for Delta to make a move like this when most of the Caribbean and LatAm is served well enough from Atlanta.


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User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6179 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

DL is not interested in establishing a hub in SJU, why would they? Low yield market, bad local economy, declining tourism (recipe for disaster).
If anyone is going to grow SJU more it would be B6, and to be honest I don't see them growing it more than what they currently have.

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Chepos



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User currently offlinerl757pvd From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4630 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Pretty sure B6 is taking over whatever leftovers are worth taking from the former AA hub


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User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Thread starter):
With AA entrenched in MIA and with SJU up for sale, DL could buy SJU and build a hub to serve Latin America and the Carribean. I'm only half serious, but would be interested in y'alls thoughts

Of course DL could establish a hub in SJU, but what ever reason would they ever want to. They wouldn't gain anything from such a move


User currently offlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5065 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

I'll comment from the Amen section...why would DL do that? Or anybody for that matter? B6 is filling that AA void. While Puerto Rico is decent enough - I'm not really looking to schedule a return vacation there, especially when compared to other islands.


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User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2088 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

The answer is no, for several reasons.

1. SJU existed as a "hub" for AA during a period when it was relevant and sensible. Now, that purpose has largely become frivolous. AA simply wanted to connect traffic between the Eastern seaboard and the Caribbean Islands, both high-volume resort destinations and smaller islands, over SJU, using hub-banks. The traffic was fairly high-yielding back then. Moreover, the SJU buildup largely predated the acquisition of Eastern's hub at Miami, and so as Miami has been built up, many of such islands and high-volume resort destinations have been connected to the MIA hub, thus rendering SJU moot.

2. The LCC competition by ways of NK, FL and B6 have severely infiltrated the Caribbean market. No way will DL ever want to go up against that. B6 in particular has invested in a wise strategy of serving the secondary/smaller airports in Puerto Rico to appeal to O&D/VFR traffic heading between the Island and the East Coast.

3. Somewhat similar to point #1, why would DL want to create a hub in the middle of the Caribbean that would largely replicate what it has in ATL?



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User currently offlineSouthernDC9 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

Honestly, does anybody see any U.S. airline busting out with any new hub, anywhere? I don't, but maybe that's just me...


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

IMO:
B6 will take over SJU
ATL will stay DL's primary latin/caribbean hub
MIA will see an increase in traffic that once flew through SJU (this depends on the former American Eagle routes being places back on ERJs)

IF and I SAY IF because people are inevitably going to bring this up:
US and AA merge, CLT's latin traffic will be sent through MIA
AA and B6 merge, SJU will reopen and have a lot of what B6 will send down there, albeit downsized.

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 1):
SJU kind of has a bad economy at the moment.

Exactly.



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User currently offlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 5886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 8):
B6 will take over SJU
ATL will stay DL's primary latin/caribbean hub
MIA will see an increase in traffic that once flew through SJU (this depends on the former American Eagle routes being places back on ERJs)


+ WN going international + SJU from HOU.
within 6 years I bet we will see HOU to GCM/SDQ/SJU/MBJ/BZE/GUA/SAL/MGA/AUA/PTY/SAP/LIM/BOG/POS/KIN/CUN/CZM and if they open up cuba HAV and a whole lot of Mexico.

B6 has been focussing on SJU but they need to finish off C. America before WN enters the market. the isthmus will be the next LCC gold rush



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