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BOS-DC Now 1st Destination (BOS-NYC Now 2nd)

Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:40 pm

From Boston Globe 1/16/06

After decades of being by far the leading destination for passengers at Logan International Airport, metropolitan New York has in the past two years slipped to second place behind the Washington, D.C., area. Today, nearly one in every eight Logan passengers is headed to one of the area's three airports -- Dulles, Reagan National, or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Several factors have pushed Washington to the top of the list for Logan travel, particularly a huge drop-off in New York-bound traffic since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. With recommended pre-flight check-in waits and security lines now taking more time than the 40-minute flight itself, industry analysts say many frequent travelers are finding ways to avoid New York business trips, or are getting there by bus, car, or train.

At Peter Pan Bus Lines, for example, Boston-New York ridership plunged after 9/11 but has since recovered and is up 5 percent overall, Peter Pan executive vice president Robert Schwarz said. During the same period, discount Chinatown-to-Chinatown bus services emerged, and Amtrak launched its high-speed Acela trains giving travelers more alternatives.

At the same time, Boston-Washington travel has grown steadily, boosted by the availability of more low-fare tickets on that route than between Boston and New York, and commuting by ''road warrior" workers between the high-tech and professional-services hotbeds that drive the local economies in northern Virginia and the Hub.
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RE: BOS-DC Now 1st Destination (BOS-NYC Now 2nd)

Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:04 am

Probably B6 new service from BOS-IAD gave it the little bit it needed to be #1 Destination city from BOS. But since FL just dropped BOS-IAD before it started do you think they took FL BOS-IAD in account or no. If they did then they might be wrong on that then.

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RE: BOS-DC Now 1st Destination (BOS-NYC Now 2nd)

Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:05 am

Quoting JetBlueAtJFK (Reply 1):
Probably B6 new service from BOS-IAD gave it the little bit it needed to be #1 Destination city from BOS.

Given that jetBlue's service doesn't start until tomorrow, and that these statistics are usually a couple of months old, I doubt it.
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RE: BOS-DC Now 1st Destination (BOS-NYC Now 2nd)

Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:41 am

The statistics don't mean anything considering that B6 just recently launched BOS-JFK and is offering 1,000 seats a day. They probably fill up 800-850 of them on average, which would put BOS-NYC way over D.C.

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RE: BOS-DC Now 1st Destination (BOS-NYC Now 2nd)

Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:57 am

Actually, the stats probably include Indy Air's 97 flights a day!  Smile This probably makes the stats outdated and probably negates the logic behind the article.

Since no airline will fill the Indy void in terms of seats (which is a good thing), I wonder if DC will stay the #1 destination from BOS. As someone who flies the route regularly I must say that if everything goes right, it is an unbeatable alternative.

But, 6 out of 10 times things don't go right. LGA is mess. BOS beats LGA as a bigger mess. Ridiculously long, out-of-the-way vectors, long waits for Takeoff, and EDCTs are killing both airports and wil continue to do so in the future.


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