I had the same thought you did regarding the existing route...that's it's probably, indeed, high yield traffic flying on state business. So there's no 'real' business commuter case.
I enjoy the train ride myself as well. Best trip ever was taking it a few years back on Christmas Day, leaving at 6AM out of Rensselaer, 0 degF, without about 4" of snow on the ground. Watching the sun rise on the Hudson around Peekskill. I digress. Wish it were a bit cheaper and a bit faster though. However, I'd rather be strapped to a train seat biding my time, than standing in ticket lines, metal detector lines, bus/train lines, etc... biding the same amount of time. That's the rub. The plane is so much faster, however with the pre & post boarding activities you end up consuming the same time. So as a commuter option..air is inferior to rail on this route.
What if the route were designed not to soley rely on commuter/business traffic? For instance:
A daily JetBlue run to originate in Albany at 6AM, land at JFK
, pick up folks, drop off folks, then continue on to Florida (Miami or Orlando). Make several JFK
runs throughout the day. End the process by returning in the evening to Albany at say 6PM. That would give you a low cost option out of Albany. The flight would really be an Albany to Miami, but the stop over at JFK
would allow you to drop off passengers and pick up passengers. You could even do a round trip again at 7PM to JFK
and return to Albany at 10PM. Give you two full operating shifts for the plane. Plane would hit 3 airports a day. Guess this idea treats JFK
like a mini-hub, but not too bad, as you don't have to actually switch planes. Is this practical? Is it worth for a carrier? The LLCs do this sort of thing all the time don't they? Would folks hate the brief layover in JFK
, even though they don't have to actually switch planes, so much that the route would fail?
This would also allow Albany passengers to connect to other flights on B6
to continue on to other places. Or even swap over to other airlines at JFK
. You'd be in a good position to board another flight by 8AM/8PM or so. (case of carrier hopping, you'd probably have to move your own bags though). I have a ton of friends who would love to begin travel out of Albany this way, instead of training or driving to JFK
(hauling luggage the whole way) to save literally several hundreds of dollars on trips (ie. Europe).
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