|Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 9):|
What hard way? The flights actually did quite well, and with great yields. However, they were also the only game in town. Delta Connection then came in, so there wasn't a point to stay.
Mark, yer normally ontop of things, but where on earth did you hear this? I knew the APF
manager, and even flew APF
a few times. The route is "very" seasonal and the costs in MIA
are not even near what they were in FLL
. They only did APF
because Teddy (APF
auth. director) begged for it and offered some support for it. The route did "ok", but Cape Air's philosophy is not to displace aircraft on routes that could perform better than others.
This is the reason they dropped FLL
. They could operate flights, but because of the intense competition between CO
they did not send another plane to FL
this year to do that route -- again, why break even or make a few dollars when the plane can make more money elsewhere.
Also, the only reason EYW
Connection is because RSW
to operate in a sterile environment, which meant 9K
contracting w/ Gulfstream to handle ticketing & security for the RSW
Outbounds. Now that the 9K
terminal got destroyed by Hurricane Rita and then Wilma (Rita tore up the roof, anytime it would rain it would drip right onto their counter, Wilma tore it to shreds), it was definitely a good move for them.
I have a lot of respect for my friends up at HYA
, they know what they're doing.