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NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 10:50 pm

From the 9/12 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

Flight to Minneapolis to begin


Northwest Airlines service improves connections to West


By Todd Grady
Democrat and Chronicle


(November 12, 2002) — Rochester travelers will soon have a new nonstop option to the west -- Northwest Airlines is adding daily round-trip service to Minneapolis, beginning Feb. 13.

Northwest will fly from Minneapolis to Rochester on Feb. 13; round-trip service begins Feb. 14.

The airline has scheduled one daily round-trip on a 100-seat DC-9, leaving Rochester at 6:55 a.m. and arriving in Minneapolis at 8:30 a.m. The Minneapolis leg leaves at 6:44 p.m., arriving in Rochester at 9:50 p.m.

Airport officials have been trying to land nonstop service to Minneapolis for three years.

“It gives the community greater access to the Pacific Northwest,” said Terry Slaybaugh, director of the Greater Rochester International Airport.

The decision to add service comes as many airlines are cutting service in an attempt to reduce costs.

“It’s a huge welcome,” said Don Johnson, president of Town & Country Travel in Pittsford. “The best thing we can do is support anyone who is willing to commit seats and inventory to this marketplace.”

Rochester travelers flying west often fly American Airlines and connect in Chicago or in Detroit, where Northwest also has a hub.

Northwest flies five daily round trips between Rochester and Detroit.

Minneapolis/St. Paul is a frequent destination for Eastman Kodak Co. workers. The company has a health imaging unit in Oakdale, Minn., a suburb of St. Paul.

“There is a reasonable amount of Kodak traffic that has a need to go back and forth,” said Jim Blamphin, a Kodak spokesman.

“A direct route is very interesting to us.”

Northwest added the Rochester service to meet demand and give customers more convenient connections, said Mary Beth Schubert, spokeswoman for Northwest Airlines.

The airline has about 506 daily departures from Minneapolis. Rochester travelers heading west will be able to make one connection at Minneapolis, rather than multiple connections as they do now.
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:15 pm

Great news for ROC. They obviously forgot about UA in the above article with their 5 flights to ORD.
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:22 pm

Maybe NW is perceiving the opportunity for western traffic that DCA-ROC Guy keeps mentioning.
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:32 pm

It probably doesn't hurt that Rochester will be the new AAA farm club of the Minnesota Twins. Nothing like some baseball scouts and last minute player movements to play those Full fares!
 
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:35 pm

sorry, that's "PAY" those full fares.
 
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:45 pm

Zrb2- still its an interesting play on words there. I agree as well- good news for ROC- actual mainline service too!
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:52 pm

Wow, now I can make that Replacements-nut pilgrimage to the grave of Bob Stinson...
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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Wed Nov 13, 2002 10:53 am

What good news! How many years many of us have been watching for this service! Remember that Northwest's CASM is a couple of cents lower than UA's, and about a cent less than American's. This week's Sunday Democrat & Chronicle indicated that the Cartel has cut its ROC capacity considerably below demand. Travel agents and companies are complaining about seat availability, especially leisure-fare seat availability. So demand clearly isn't the issue for AA and UA. Yields are.

Thus, Northwest with its lower CASM may have figured they can make some money off of pax who were using AA and UA. Wonder if we'll get 319's to DTW anytime soon, especially with AA cutting so much ROC-ORD capacity in February?

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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Wed Nov 13, 2002 11:02 am

BTW I forgot to say, yes, Mark, this is exactly the sort of opportunity I was talking about. There is a lot of westbound demand out of ROC, and someone with lower costs is going to take up AA and UA's slack. Still, NW's additional 100 seats to MSP isn't going to absorb all that lost capacity by itself.

I'm kind of surprised that NW isn't running two 50-seat CRJ's on ROC-MSP instead of one DC9-30. The schedule is clearly set up to Rochester's benefit--out of ROC in the morning, back in the evening. But I would think the service would be more useful to folks coming into ROC if there were morning and evening departures. NW must think ROC is going to be the source of most of the demand.

MSP becomes the second airport with service to both Rochester (ROC) and Rochester (RST). AA flies to both from ORD. No word on whether AA, which flies F100's to both airports, will downgrade RST as they are doing to ROC.

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RE: NW To Begin Rochester-Minneapolis

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:33 pm

This is great news ... I am so happy I think I just peed my pants ....
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