ADXMatt wrote:ISP before deregulation had an AA B727 ISP-ORD 1x daily.
USAir Multiple daily flights to DCA/PIT/PHL/ALB/BOS
several years after deregulation almost if not every legacy carrier (or express partner) flew to ISP.
Piedmont to BWI and CLT, AA was huge with multiple daily service to ORD/RDU/BOS (RDU was a hub back then for AA) I don't think that they did DFW.
AA had a huge FF base and was able to attract business travelers as well.
I am NOT bashing WN as I like them. When WN came in and quickly ramped up to 40+ flights a day all the majors all pulled back or left entirely. WN even built the modern terminal you see today and WN was thriving. The big boys left because the ticket prices went too low and killed yield. They couldn't keep the business travelers when the service was so reduced.
With that being said... AA still has a large FF base and even more so after merging with US. I'm surprised that AA didn't increase service to ISP. Especially 2x daily ISP-ORD.with mainline and ISP-BOS ISP-DCA with Eagle. (DCA slots might be a reason)
UA doesn't have a large enough base on Long Island and even back in the day UA couldn't attract the passengers that AA could.
With Delta's build up in NY over the years I could see 2x daily to ATL.
ISP-BOS will work if there is frequency and on a jet. It will need an airline that the business travelers want. i.e. AA or DL. The props cancel too often in the winter and have uncomfortable rides when there is weather.
Back in the 90s my family and I were part of that FF Base for AA. We flew them out of ISP all the time while the RDU hub was operating.
Re Delta: Definitely could see ATL return. Frequency will depend on other factors.
Re BOS: I wonder if this could be jetBlue's big opportunity for ISP? I just thought of it. With F9 and WN already taking care of Florida, maybe B6 could take advantage of the lack of BOS service from ISP and throw in a a few E190s a day on ISP-BOS?