Unfortunately, the reason that BA
pulled out of SAN
(temporarily, or so they say) was due to VERY low yields in the business and first-class sections of the 777, and that's where the money is. Economy class always went out full, but yields in the Y-class are not good enough to justify one flight per day.
Also, as I understand it, code-shares with AA
were not possible, but I'm clueless on that one - who on earth would connect through SAN
? Not a terribly convenient point...
So, sadly, 747-400, 777, or 767, BA
isn't likely to return. Nor is LH
likely to start flying in, although an A340 would certainly be a sight to see skimming the eucalyptus trees of Balboa Park...
As for flights to México, one of the worst kept secrets in San Diego is TIJ
. Flights from SAN
to México are generally tourist-oriented, not business. For those wishing to fly to MEX
, or a host of other airports, it's a simple matter of crossing the border at San Ysidro, a $10 cab ride to the airport (that's a guaranteed fare regardless of traffic), and then it's a domestic flight with no customs at the other end. In reverse, one does have to fight the lines at San Ysidro or Otay Mesa, but the savings in fares should more than make up for it.
In the future, Asia-bound flights might be possible from the 9000' foot long runway at SAN
with the 787, and if BA
purchases the plane, that could be economical enough for a return of flights to LHR
. Right now, though, the airlines are more than satisfied feeding traffic through PHX
, and ORD
for international passengers. C'est la vie.
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