It was a big disappointment that SAS decided not to inaugurte its SFO
services in 2002. SFO
pulled out all the plugs in advertising it. Counter space was even allocates behind the Uniteds counters in the International Terminal, and I beleiee UA
was going to be the handling agent. Once SAS gets it flet situation and finances under better control, I suspect that the CPH
route may be revisited.
has been desperately trying to lure more carriers to the airport, especially to fill up the International Terminal with has a lot of idle space. In fact outside of the late evening departures to Europe and the late, late night departures to Asia, the terminal can seem quite empty. WestJet was origianlly going to be allocated space in the South Terminal through a sublease with CO
, but with favorabe direct lease arrangements decided to opt for the International Terminal. In fact, the terminal is now used for some domestic services such as Air Tran and Independence Air. I understand there's also en effort to relocate Air Canada to the International Terminal.
Air India is making preparations and is searching for property to open its local sales offices, and Emirates execs have been in town too. These are attempts to backfill the loss from Alitalia, Swissair and Aeroflot pulling out.
I think there needs ot be a direct outreach to some of the European/Canadian charters who could rake in the $$ on the tourist base. Now that the post-911 flying fears are gone I think that the likes of LTU, Thomas Cook, MyTravel, Martinair, Corsair, Skyservice, and Air Transat could do well, even with low frequencies. A few years back, these types opted for OAK
(at least Martinair, Corsair, and Citybird) because of lower costs, but fees are becoming more comparable across the Bay.
Not all who wander are lost....