globetrotter29 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
This is great news, I have been waiting for this addition! New Englanders love B6 and this routes are incredibly lucrative and will do very well.
Southwest currently serves RSW & TPA from BDL. RSW is 1x daily on a seasonal basis and TPA is 2-1x daily depending on the time of year.
Delta used to fly to RSW (I remember flying this on an MD88 in 2007). Delta also used to fly to TPA 2x daily on MD88s. Needless to say, TPA is vastly underserved and can certainly use both the added capacity and competition from B6.
I'd expect WN to end RSW. They ended PBI service after B6 announced it. As I said, New Englanders really are quite loyal to B6 and WN doesn't seem too interested in competing against B6 in the northeast.
iowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4254 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
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Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 3): "Our new flights to Fort Myers and Tampa are testament to the success of our existing Bradley service....
What are their existing flights?
Is this the first ever RSW-BDL?
Quoting krsw757 (Reply 4): I could of sworn either AirTran or Southwest had this last year on a seasonal basis. I could be mistaken though.
Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 5): A while back DL flew it...using either MD88's or CRJ700's.
WN is currently flying RSW-BDL through May 31:
B6 will have a similar schedule as what Southwest is currently running ( the schedule below is effective October 27):
WN has the current schedules open until the end of October, and RSW-BDL does not appear to be included non-stop for summer or fall. On May 6 WN will extend their booking window and cover at least part of November - it will be interesting to see if RSW-BDL returns. The route was originally started as seasonal on Southwest from Feb. 12, 2011 until April 9, 2011.
As far as BDL-TPA goes, WN currently flies the route 2x daily, dropping to 1x daily this September. Here are the schedules:
WN BDL-TPA (October schedule):
I wouldn't be surprised to see WN price match B6 and/or add back the second TPA frequency as well as RSW this winter, as WN responded quickly to B6 adding BOS-HOU.
BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1954 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1732 times:
Good to see more expansion in BDL, there are plenty of places they can go from there as well. I think BDL can support flights to other cities like DCA or SFO. It's a shame to see that AA beat B6 to BDL-LAX/LGB, but B6 might be able to get BDL-SFO to work (the Bay Area currently has 170 PDEW, which is a little small but they can poach some pax who otherwise would go to BOS, JFK, or EWR).
dolphinflyer From Canada, joined May 2005, 194 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1447 times:
JetBlue's recent announcement of ORH service leaves ALB and MHT as the only two big markets in the Northeast unserved by B6. I'd bet that ALB could support 2x-MCO and 1x-FLL daily to complement existing WN service in those markets. Probably something similar from MHT. Thoughts?
CairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 391 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
JetBlue flights at BDL do very well....Every time I've flown them, the planes have been packed. Huge market of travelers from Southern New England heading south as well as a large Hispanic population as well as vacationers and cruise passengers headinng to SJU. If they are looking to add any more destinations out of BDL, a BDA nonstop would do great...lots of people here vacation and do business on that island...and perhaps a flight or two to JFK to connect the dots to the rest of the B6 system....the traffic through CT on I-91/I-95 can be horrific.