kimmykun
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American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 7:55 am

I just saw on the local news (WORA-TV/Univisión) that American Eagle is planning to end service to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico's Eugenio María de Hostos Airport just after the new year. Without American Eagle, the airport will have no airline service whatsoever. The reporter interviewed some people in line for check-in and none were happy to hear that the San Juan-Mayagüez route might end. The reporter went on to say that the Ports Authority will try to keep AE in Mayagüez, but is allegedly trying to get another airline to fill the void.

I also found the possible end of Mayagüez's service mentioned in this Caribbean Business article: http://www.puertoricowow.com/html/cbarchivesdetail.asp?id=14355&highlight=

I'm glad I had a chance to fly this route before it's ended. It's sad, though, that Mayagüez will lose the only service it's had for years. It's a nice, tiny airport, and even though I got delayed four hours, I would've gladly flown American Eagle from there again. But I guess with BQN in Aguadilla starting to grow as it is, it was just a matter of time before Mayagüez suffered.
 
Rampero
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 12:39 pm

This is the dead of Mayaguez airport.
The reason is Aguadilla BQN at 20 minutes from Mayaguez, two airports at the west side of the island.

Flights from Mayaguez
MAZ-SJU 2 daily by American Eagle

Flights from Aguadilla
BQN-JFK 1 daily by Jet Blue and 3 wk by North American.
BQN-EWR 1 daily by Continental
BQN-SDQ 2 daily by BMA (now Pan Am Express)
BQN-PUJ 1 daily by Pan Am World Dominicana
BQN-SJU 1 daily by BMA (PanAm Express)

The west part of the island not need mayaguez-san juan flights.

My opinion
Rampero


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MAH4546
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 12:45 pm

This has been talked about. Mainly because MAZ was the last destination that required use of ATR-42s, which are being phased out this year.

However, on the brighter side, American Eagle is likely to launch service to the recently refrubished airport in Vieques, Puerto Rico as a replacement. While closer to SJU than MAZ is, VQS is on an island off of Puerto Rico's eastern coast, so would greatly welcome air service.

And, Rampero, Pan Am also flies FLL-BQN and SFB-BQN, but all Pan Am service is currently suspended.
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kimmykun
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 1:47 pm

Rampero: Yes, I do realize that the west really doesn't need two airports, but it's still sad to see the route end along with the number of connections that could be made in San Juan. But I guess another half hour on the road never hurt anyone. By the way, how's the new terminal coming along in BQN? Any news on when it's going to be finished?

MAH: I keep hearing the ATR-42 thing, but I'm a little confused. MAZ's runway is 4,998 feet, so it's not because of the length that the ATR-42 was needed on this route. Was it capacity then?
 
SegmentKing
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:03 pm

American Eagle can put ATR 72s into EYW, and our runway is only 4800 feet.

In regards to Vieques, Cape Air is starting service in there starting in December, I believe.

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MAH4546
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:49 pm

Nevermind about the ATR thing, because AA service to MAZ is with ATR-72s. It was stated in a recent news article I read, but isn't true.

The service is set to end 3 February 2005:

http://dms.dot.gov/search/document.cfm?documentid=303253&docketid=19622

However, the saving grace is that the service may be saved by EAS.
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JAXpax
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 9:47 pm

Nevermind about the ATR thing, because AA service to MAZ is with ATR-72s. It was stated in a recent news article I read, but isn't true.

I thought you had REAL sources, MAH, or do you just read everything and then pass it off as your sources?

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miaskies
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:13 pm

Wow! Sad to see American Eagle leaving Mayaguez' "El Mani"!! After so many years, I remember driving by on the parallel highway and seeing the airport of the distance.

Hope to see maybe AA back at BQN??

But the news about possible service to VQS sounds great...that is a very upincoming hideaway...
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SJUboeingGirl
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:01 pm

I don't think this will make a lot of difference to MAZ, i landed once in that airport and from what i saw there where only student pilots making go arounds; it's a great airports to make x coutries.


Hey Rampero, tell Rafols and puri SJU airport is better than BQN. SJU #1!  Big grin
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SegmentKing
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RE: American Eagle To End Service To Mayagüez

Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:27 pm

EAS markets are a response, not a trigger, for air development. With American Eagle telling the DOT they are pulling out, they are essentially asking for a subsidy for the route... if the community starts sending in letters to the DOT, they may get their wish.

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