MCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
I am fascinated by the large number of European charter airlines. Living in Orlando, we see a wide variety of charters at Orlando International and at Sanford. These airlines obviously seem to be doing well (heck, they're still around.) Why do there seem to be so many more European charter airlines than US charters? I have read that Turkey, for example, has a bustling charter industry.
BDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
Europe has sooooo many charter flights by airlines they are:
There are loads more but im in a rush coz i have gotta go to work
Pressclub From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 773 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1046 times:
In Germany and the UK more than 40 pct of the tourists prefer package holidays organised by touroperators. That explains the succes of the charter airlines. Many popular destinations (canary islands, madeira, balearic islands, cyprus, greek islands, ...) can only be reached by air...
Exitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 947 times:
Here are two reasons I think you don't see many charter airlines in the U.S.
1) Americans don't really go for package tours, especially within the U.S. Probably because it's easy enough to plan your own vacation, and you can get just about anywhere by scheduled airline or car.
2) Charter airlines work when there are large numbers of leisure travellers all going to the same place at the same time, to areas that don't have enough scheduled service to meet the tourist demand. Americans don't all go to one vacation spot, so it's hard to support tourist-only flights. Even the old "vacation" airlines, like Sun Country and ATA, wound up going to scheduled service. Europeans seem to be much more homogenous in their vacation plans. In the U.S. you do see charter flights to high tourist areas, such as Hawaii, Florida, and Mexico, but overall, I think it's more common for tour companies to book seats on scheduled flights.