to clarify the comment i made earlier about song hurting american, i was referring to american's daily fll-lax flight aboard a 737-800 (soon to be upgraded to a 757 for the winter season)
It is two daily 757-200s and one daily 737-800, all year-round. Morning, midday, and evening departures from both sides.
There is no doubt that FLL
will continue to grow while MIA
's growth will be minimal. FLL
is a much more convienent option. I myself, despite living in the downtown Miami area only minutes from MIA
, also sometimes take the extra drive to FLL
to save money or fly jetBlue. However, when it comes to international services, MIA
will continue to be dominant. And the new-look MIA
, which will be complete in late 2006 at a cost of nearly $5B (more than it cost to build DEN
from the ground-up) will be a marvelous improvement. The first stage of the American Airlines World Gateway opens in November. MIA
will also soon have direct rail connections with AmTrak, TriRail, and MetroRail, a big plus. Though, yes, Concourse A and H are wonderful, and the rest of it sucks, for now.
Song, jetBlue, etc. are not the best news for American. They don't like it, I'm sure, but you don't see them competing on MIA
. When they do, then AA
will start worrying. One major reason for AA
-PAP this November is to hopefully try to scare away Spirit. Spirit's quest to become a major player in the Caribbean and Latin America is definitley something American Airlines is taking seriously.
And even though Miami and Palm Beach are in the same metro area, someone in Miami is not going to drive 65 miles to fly out of PBI
, especially when the fares are usually slightly higher than FLL