US Airways has eight gates at ROC
, and could probably function well there on about five or six. The airline still has lots of regional-jet and DeHavilland dailies at ROC
to various Northeast business centers. Thus, US still needs to park 2-3 mainline and 3-4 regional a/c at once.
JetBlue, by contrast, operates to one destination, JFK
, from ROC
, and BUF
. So they do fine with just one gate. However, once the EMB 190's come online, B6
has said they want to run nonstops from Upstate NY to Florida. (Probably FLL
which is not served nonstop from UNY right now.) Also, JetBlue has also said they want to substitute 190's for A320's in the Upstate markets to offer greater frequencies for business travelers.
That means probably 11 or 12 daily 190's at BUF
, 8 or 9 at ROC
, and 6 or 7 at SYR
. At SYR
one gate will probably still be enough, but at BUF
they'll probably want another gate.
The Rochester paper reports that our airport manager is pressing for 190 flights to BOS
, an underserved market. But an AirTran c/s rep at BWI
told me a couple of weeks ago that the airline will likely start running ROC
nonstops to Boston ( FL
doesn't have to wait til 2005 for 717's
)this year. AirTran already has two gates at ROC
which would be sufficient to go from the current 7 dailies to probably 9. At BUF
would go from 4 to 6 in this scenario, which probably could be done at the existing gate.