The Air Luxor ("LK") A330-200 is a weekly scheduled charter (www.kingholidaysusa.com) from PVD
to PDL (Ponta DelGada, Azores) with continuing service to LIS
. It operates May thru September on Fridays with 370 seats (2 class). The service has been very successful since it started last summer and the route has attracted another weekly charter on Saturdays provided by Sata International ("S4
" "Air Azores" www.sata.pt) with a 2 class (222 seats) A310-300. I can tell you that the loads are good and there is a possibility of expanding/increasing the service and/or making it a scheduled flight to sell connx thru PVD
The longest runway here is 7166 ft. Eastbound flights over the Atlantic have very favorable winds from here letting us get to Western Europe with the right aircraft (757, and most airbus' narrow or widebody). Westbound flights (LAX
was mentioned) are possible with the right aircraft as well (757, 320 family). The other issue is having a carrier with those aircraft willing to provide the service. A couple of years ago, Icelandair was rumored to be looking at PVD
, but they fell into some finacial issues/9-11.
will never truely compete with BOS
on many routes, we continue to be a great alternative on some. The PDL service will continue to be a success because of our location and ease of access to a large demographic of people of Portugeuse decent.