I'm sorry to say this buddy. I have spoken with you quite a bit over the past few months and have grown to enjoy your insight and enjoy the discussions. However, your point of view is so slighted against NYC, its people, its airports, and its airlines that it is leading you to make ridiculous statements that are so far from the truth that it insults your obvious wealth of knowledge when it comes to aviation.
Here are some of your quotes from this thread alone:
1. "The new AA
Terminal when complete will have 37 gates, a small increase from what was available prior to the projects launch. "
Again, that is a 48% increase in gate space. Please define small.
2. "I would look for "Seasonal" growth to Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Barcelona, mostly with Domestic 757s as they are doing in Boston (save Italy)."
This is more CO
's experiment out of your beloved Liberty Airport. I have never seen AA
fly a domestic 757 across the pond from JFK
. On what basis do you make this statement now?
3. "It's not as large as CO
which has over 70 gates, closer to 80. The gate capacity is something to brag about, not the square footage of the check in hall. That's where travelers spend the least amount of time."
WWW.CONTINENTAL.COM. A quick glance at the terminal map of Terminal C shows 58 gates. Even if we include CO
's 5 gates at Terminal A we come to 63 total gates.
That's a difference of between 7 and 22 gates depending on which of your numbers we use and if we include Terminal A gates. Being a huge CO
fan--how do you explain this?
4. "The stores in T-4 (the one's that are open) at JFK
for instance are loosing their shirts, not enough foot traffic during most hours of the day. And almost half of the retail and concession space is empty."
From www.jfkiat.com. Shops at Terminal 4.
DFS Galleria - Duty Free Shop
DKNY - Women and Men's Apparel & Accessories
Runway Delight - Gourmet Food
Runway Bags - Leather Bags & Accessories
Runway Fashion - Hugo Boss, Sand, Guess
The Brew Store
Tie Rack - Women and Men's Accessories
Swarovski - Crystal & Jewelry
H. Stern - Fine Jewelry
Spellbound Music Express - Music & Music Related Accessories
Silver Collection - Silver Jewelry & Accessories
Hudson Group - News, Books & Souvenir Shop
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Art Related Accessories
Ports of Calls - Souvenirs and Accessories
Coming Soon - Ferragamo and Hermes
Food & Beverage (SSP Thompson Group)
Au Bon Pain - Arrivals Hall
The Brooklyn Ale House (B Concourse)
Shannon's Bar (A Concourse)
I count over 30 retail establishments represented in one terminal. Not to bad for a struggling terminal.
5. "True DL
does not have the money, in fact I would not at all be surprised to see DL
abandon the JFK
experiment. It's never really grown in the 13 years they have been at the helm of the former Pan Am Trans-Atlantic empire, DL
pulling down the majority of their JFK
operations would be a huge opportunity for AA
who are much better suited than DL
to grow at JFK
I don't even know how to tackle this ludicrous claim. I'll start by saying that DL
's ops at JFK
are larger now than they ever have been. I'll continue by saying they are the largest carrier at JFK
. I'll further continue by saying they are the largest carrier across the North Atlantic which includes to U.S. gateways--ATL
They serve more destinations in Europe from NYC than any other carrier. They have more domestic service from JFK
than any other carrier. They run 2 terminals and 30 gates at JFK