The problem is that yields are being trashed on domestic routes out of JFK
, while it is true that JFK
just (this year) regained the title of busiest NY airport (thanks to Jetblue who's traffic grew a whopping 40% last year) the problem is all the growth at JFK
is low yield Jetblue, Song and American's forays into Jetblue markets such as Long Beach.
Yields suck from JFK
and are getting worse, that's why no major has ever had a "true" hub at JFK
. It's gotten worse with Jetblue, DL
is scaling back their trans-cons.
now has only one flight from JFK
, a 757.
still has 3 daily flights from JFK
but two of those are now 757s, eventually it's quite possible Song will take over DL
's Trans-Cons since most are already 757s.
Things at JFK
are getting worse for the Majors, AA
has eliminated all Eagle flights except BOS
. They are also reducing the size of their new terminal (which the completion date for has now been pushed back to 2008) , instead of the originally planned 55 gates it will now have 39.
No Eagle gates.
Newark has the advantage of drawing NYC traffic but also being "somewhat" insulated from the Low Fare yield trashing by Jetblue at JFK
Newark has a much stronger base of business travelers, that's why there are so many UAL and AA
flights from EWR
to Denver, Chicago, DFW
etc and no UAL flights from JFK
to Denver or Chicago. And also why AA
only has 2 flights from JFK
and none to Chicago.
get the business travelers, JFK
gets low yield folks.
originally flew from EWR
up untill '92, even after DL
took over Pan Am's JFK
hub and Trans-Atlantic routes from JFK DL
was still flying twice Daily from EWR
Even back in the '80s when Eastern had a large JFK
presence they flew trans-Cons out of EWR
and UAL's 767-200 flights from JFK
are unique in that they have a long history and strong connection to Hollywood folks who "glamorized" the routes for AA
However don't be suprised if this changes, with the approaching retirement of the 767-200 fleet for AA
and UAL there might be changes in the wind.