Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31808 posts, RR: 72 Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1449 times:
American Airlines is bring Miami-Rio de Janiero frequency back to pre-9.11 levels, 12x a week. Flights will operate double-daily from Miami everyday except Thursday and Friday, double-daily from Rio de Janiero everday except Thursday and Saturday. As a result, both flights will be 767-300ERs (currently one-daily 777-200) and JFK-GIG will go from daily to 5x a week. Also, on a sadder note, after 12 years, AA will end service to Barranquilla, Colombia on 5 April. Not due to lack of passengers or profit, but the Colombian government. Apparently, if AA wants to launch thier new MDE service this summer they have to give-up BAQ. Very sad indeed, but it's part of how the Colombian government is very protective of Avianca, which will continue to offer daily service between Miami and Barranquilla. Hopefully AA will find a way to serve both. But until then...
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6102 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1435 times:
Was MDE worth AA giving up BQA, hmmm it makes me wonder if AA was doing well on the MIA-BQA run if they gave up it for MDE. About the Colombian govt. being protective I would undertstand it as Avianca is not doing all that well right now .
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31808 posts, RR: 72 Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1415 times:
Yes, MDE probably is. MIA-MDE is a big business route with heavy business travelers. Medellin is one of the largest city's in Latin America and one of the 100 largest cities in the world (about the same population as Seattle or Phoenix). Barranquilla (which is a medium city, I think it has less than 1M residents) has always been profitable for AA, but it's most friends and family. Plus, MIA-BAQ has been a 727 for ages and MIA-MDE is starting off with a 757. AA has been trying to get MIA-MDE since 1990. AA would also like MIA-CTG, which Avianca flies exclusively, but the Colombian government (no surprise here) has said no consistently (I am still wondering how on earth LanChile is able to fly MIA-BOG). Oh well. If AA and Colombia could work something out, I have no doubts AA would like to bring BAQ back in the future. It is really unfortunate that Colombia is being this protective. I am sure the people of Barranquilla are not going to be happy about this. Effectively, the MIA-BAQ market is being cut in half. Avianca's daily 757 on the route originates in Cali (the BAQ and CLO routes were combined after 9.11 but are expected to break up again this fall) and fares are going to skyrocket. Avianca is happy, I'm sure.