I think that Puerto Rico is the island with the biggest unstable international traffic schedules. For some reason, airlines don't keep international flights routes open for long. Now, for International, I mean medium to long haul flights; since flights to the east smaller islands are fine as part of AA
's Caribbean Hub.
Puerto Rico just don't get sevice from any other place regulary other than Spain (IB) and Panama (Copa). Services to Dominican Republic are another story. They're just never ending. Services to the USA, are forever, with mostly every US airline that files overseas comming to PR
, excluding AmericaWest, Hawaiian, Aloha., etc. But we have daily services from ATL
and some more. That is to/fom US and to name frequencies and airlines will be a waste of time. Thomas Cook flies weekly from FRA
. We used to have Lufthansa from FRA
, MartinAir, Corsair, British Airways, Virgin... at least weekly, but Iberia its the only european airline flying frequently. AirCanada is flying A320's on weekends from Toronto.
While Puerto Rico seems to be an attraction for the USA, SDQ
is one for Europeans. See, SDQ
is served by AirFrance, Thomas Cook, Spanair, Iberia, LTU. PUJ
by Volare, LTU, Condor, Eurofly, MartinAir and some more. The same goes for the few europeans airlines that serve Puerto Plata. Now, for an "island" that size, that's too much european traffic (not bad). SDQ
also receives flights from Aeropostal, Cubana, Copa, AeroContinente, Lanchile, Mexicana and some other Latin American Carriers - Things you just won't see in PR
until something worth it happens.
Cuba gets mostly every European airline, and the leeward and the rest of the island are another bunch. See, every caribbean country has services all-round to other caribbean destination and mostly every place. People living in SDQ
or in any other Caribbean island, does not have to go to MIA
to get to Europe, or South America as we do (unless we fly Copa Air through Panama). We in PR
have the NEED to transfer most of our long haul international flights through USA gateways.
Now, its amazing that for traffic that we have in PR
, our airport never sleeps and can rest for a coulple of minutes without landings and deptartings... ; we don't get to see 747-400's or 777. We do see MD
-11's because Martin Air brings its cargo ship. We see A330's Because USAirways brings it everyday from PHL
, we see A343/A346, because Iberia brings it daily (sometimes at night) from SDQ
), Spain">MAD, and we see 747 because either Iberia or a cargo company, or when Northwest has so many people flying on a sunday from MSP
, then we get to see them. We see DC-10's because FedEx flies two daily, besides the other cargo companies. After that, our airport (SJU
) its just A319/20's, A300's, 727's, 737s, 757s, 767s all the time.