|Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 7):|
So if they successes on these others were zero.. why did they stop the florida routes? Miami and Orlando with the A310s back in the 90's. The seasonal Miami route was again started for the summer of 2001 with 767s (after I believe a year of absence). That was the last year they flew it.
Especially now that Edelweiss is not doing the Orlando (SFB) flights anymore, who don't they fill the void of that market share?
You probably misunderstood me or I missexpressed. The success on the Zürich - Halifax route was nothing, as they only had a small number of passengers for this section and in addition empty seats to the west coast then, as BB
couldn't sell the part Halifax - San Francisco. The ZRH
part sold well. They also had the big advantage, that on the ZRH
route as on other routes going trough BGR
, customes and immigration was cleared in BGR
which is one of the most convenient port in the USA and passengers only could walk out, once in SFO
. This was for sure no more the case coming from Canada either, something passengers didn't like then, as they were used to the fast and friendly BGR
About Florida, you need to consider that BB
was basically building this market and once it was stable, SR
took it over. When I started with BB
in 87 we had one seasonal weekly flight on the ZRH
route. Later this became a second and once in the nineties SR
started a daily flight ZRH
. This was the moment, BB
was out of the market.
Orlando is more a question what the tour operators want and sell best. If they sell a lot of trips to Disney, they set up a charter flight, if there are less, they put them on LX
or another airline trough MIA
Edelweiss is owned by Kuoni, Belair by Hotelplan, two of Switzerlands main tour operator. So the schedules of those two airlines do basically reflect the current program of those two tour operators. So if you won't see one of those two airlines, it doesn't mean that there is no demand at all to this place, it may just be that somebody else took them the business, flying with another operator.