Well, slightly off topic, but I'll bite...
I just read recently that somewhere around the next 5-10 years, the Port plan to seek out airlines to estlablish new nonstop routes connecting PDX to London, England and China...Do you think they are being overly ambitious, or could these routes possibly work within the next 5-10 years given that the passenger count at PDX continues to improve?
Dare to dream, I guess....
The Port of Portland right now needs to focus on:
a.) LOWERING LANDING FEES
b.) Finding a way, ANY WAY, to make the PDX
-FRa nonstop profitable.
c.) Finding a way, ANY WAY, to make the PDX
d.) Finding a way, ANY WAY, to make the PDX
-Guadalajara nonstop profitable.
After the four items above are completed, only then
start writing a wish list for more international service.
Even if PoP were by some incredible miracle land a flight within 5 years or less to London (LGW
, won't be LHR
) and/or HKG
, how angry will LH
be? Both of those carriers came in to PDX
, gave them a chance, in hopes of cornering the PDX
-Europe and PDX
-Asia market. Now, if PoP goes behind their backs so to speak, and gets another competitor for these two carriers...look out.
5 years to LGW
or China is laughable. The PoP should hope and pray that NW and LH are still flying to PDX in '09 and profitable. Now, if the international passenger demand from the PDX
area (and I include all of Oregon for that matter, plus much of SW
Washington) were to double, to the point where LH
are both profitable and turning away enough business, THEN maybe another carrier could come in. Remember that SEA
, and YVR
for that matter, will always offer more service to Europe and Asia, so US and foreign carriers will be on the reluctant side to add service to a much smaller market like PDX
. Never say never, anything can happen....but I'll err on the side of caution on this one.
BlatantEcho: Yes, that was most likely China Airlines operating that 744, they run cargo flights into PDX
several times a week, not sure if it's daily. Korean does the same.
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[Edited 2004-06-15 04:13:10]
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