One other factor, with the new convention center up and running, PBI may be more popular to some new carriers.
you're absolutely right. the only problem is that the crowds that will add to airport traffic due to the convention center won't arrive until we have the convention center hotel. until then, the county has smaller trade shows booked, such as last weekend's art show, which primarily attracts a local crowd.
Not sure how closely you follow PBI, but WN did great here right off the start, just like FL did. I'm sure the airlines I mentioned would be welcomed and do well very quickly.
i've been following PBI
's success/progress etc, for so long, i think that it's almost a disease. as you can see, i'm in contact with the marketing employees constantly. i'm at the point where it pisses me off when people that i know fly into FLL
instead of PBI
or fly out of FLL
instead of PBI
and thereby decrease support for the airport. it absolutely drives me crazy when people say that fares are cheaper out of FLL
obviously offers more non-stop service, but fares there move around like anywhere else. in february, it was $170 cheaper for me to fly to INN
as opposed to departing from FLL
and that's just one example. with regard to WN
's sucess here, the only flights that didn't perform well were their flights to MCO
which isn't hard to understand. filling a 737 to a destination that you can drive to in the same amount of time that it takes to fly there is virtually impossible.
i don't know if you remember when it was first announced that national would begin service to LAS
, but the public response and fanfare about the service matched the public reaction to the news that jetblue would be adding PBI
to their list of destinations. ticket sales were excellent.