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AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:08 pm

airTran will begin non-stop service between White Plains and both Fort Lauderdale and Tampa this winter:

Effective 21 December 2006:
FL 680 FLL 1115-1400 HPN Daily
FL 652 HPN 1429-1724 FLL Daily

FL 647 TPA 1045-1315 HPN Daily
FL 648 HPN 1329-1619 TPA Daily

I've also been hearing that MIA-HPN might be one the way too.

From White Plains, airTran also flies to Atlanta, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, and will be launching weekend service to Ft. Myers.

From Fort Lauderdale, airTran this winter will offer flights to twelve cities, Akron, Atlanta, Baltimore, Biloxi/Gulfport, Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newport News, Philadelphia, Stewart, and White Plains.

From Tampa, airTran flies to Akron, Atlanta, Baltimore, Biloxi/Gulfport, Dayton, Detroit, Flint, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Rochester, Stewart, and White Plains.
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:10 pm

Ah, finally. Boy FL is really pushing secondary destinations from South Florida. What is that 3 now - MDW, IND, HPN.

What year was Carnival's last FLL-HPN flight. I used to take that flight quite frequently and it was very full. The main reason I used to use the service was to visit family. I was able to rent a car (it was also about 25.00/day cheaper than renting in the city and I would do all that in literally 12 minutes from deplane to I684. Nice!
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:56 pm

Where is FL getting all the HPN slots from?

Do you think AA would let HPN-MIA go unchallenged?

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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:57 pm

Quoting AJMIA (Reply 2):
Where is FL getting all the HPN slots from?

Do you think AA would let HPN-MIA go unchallenged?

AJMIA

Since when has HPN been a slotted airport???
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:19 am

Airtran also added daytona Beach out of BWI and ATL
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 1):
Ah, finally. Boy FL is really pushing secondary destinations from South Florida. What is that 3 now - MDW, IND, HPN.

From MIA, only two - IND and MDW. From PBI they fly MDW, IND, HPN. From FLL, they fly to the most cities - GPT, IND, DTW, BWI, PHL, HPN, SWF, BOS, PHF, and CAK.

Quoting AJMIA (Reply 2):

Do you think AA would let HPN-MIA go unchallenged?

If FL actually decides to launch MIA-HPN, yes, AA would let it go unchallenged.
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
Since when has HPN been a slotted airport???

I believe "slots" at HPN are based on the number of available seats to depart the airport at any given time.

Because the airport is so small and the NIMBY neighbors don't want too many jets flying over their expensive homes they have limits as to how many seats may be scheduled at any give time slot.

I was also under the impression that the airport was fairly maxed out.

I would love to see AA begin MIA-HPN and I believe it would be a great route for us if it is operationally feaseable.

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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:34 am

Hadn't another LCC already begun FLL (or maybe PBI) - HPN flights, or am I imagining things?
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:18 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 7):
Hadn't another LCC already begun FLL (or maybe PBI) - HPN flights, or am I imagining things?

Imagining things. The last South Florida to HPN service was with Carnival, I think. I don't think Pan Am II evere flew it. I could be wrong however. DH has flown the route as a 1 stop thru IAD but that was from PBI.
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:32 am

Good for AirTran.........they seem to have zeroed in on the underserved White Plains and Stewart to Florida markets......while there are a zillion flights on many airlines from JFK/EWR/LGA to FLorida cities, service in recent years has been very limited from both White Plains and Stewart. I think that all of these services will be a success; many residents of the northern NYC suburbs (including Rockland, Putnam, etc) and southern Connecticut are very interested in alternatives that allow them to bypass LGA or EWR and appreciate the ease of these smaller airports. Pax could be very willing to pay higher fares for the convenience of flying out of HPN and SWF.....also consider that many of these suburbs are among the most affluent in the NYC area (probably among the most affluent in the entire US) so yeilds should be good and premium cabin demand strong (there is also good biz traffic in and out of SWF in particular). Dont ignore the second home crowd...many residents in this area have a second home in Boca or Lauderdale and will happily utilize these services.

Its good to see some innovation.

[Edited 2006-10-14 21:34:43]
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:25 am

Just flew FL out of HPN a couple of months ago. Really nice small terminal. That may be the problem though. There is only 1 large gate lounge to serve all gates. Having spent the majority of my life at airports, it appeared to me that 3 full flights would max out the space in that one lounge. Of course all of the other carriers serving HPN do so with their "express" partners but still even some of those a/c are getting up there in size. I used it as an alternative to LGA as we were travelling S/A and LGA/ATL didn't look good at all. I wouldn't hesitate to use it again and that includes my drive out to Long Island after arrival.

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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:40 am

Are they using a 717, I assume? Or are they using a 737
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:57 am

From Fort Lauderdale, airTran this winter will offer flights to twelve cities, Akron, Atlanta, Baltimore, Biloxi/Gulfport, Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newport News, Philadelphia, Stewart, and White Plains.

Is AirTran not going to bring back ROC-FLL? Is there any possibility that JetBlue might be interested?

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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:02 am

Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 12):
Is AirTran not going to bring back ROC-FLL? Is there any possibility that JetBlue might be interested?

It is on their route map, but you can't book it. So I do not think so. I think jetBlue is well suited for the route. SFL-ROC has 273 daily passengers during the slow season, which is nearly 1.5x Tampa-Rochester.

airTran probably has faced the same problem many other domestic airlines face in South Florida: there is a such a strong contigency of loyal frequent flyers for a select few airlines - American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, and jetBlue - that other airlines have trouble getting a strong footing in the local market and have to rely too heavily on terminating traffic.

[Edited 2006-10-15 00:03:51]
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:06 pm

Quoting AJMIA (Reply 6):
I believe "slots" at HPN are based on the number of available seats to depart the airport at any given time.

Because the airport is so small and the NIMBY neighbors don't want too many jets flying over their expensive homes they have limits as to how many seats may be scheduled at any give time slot.

I was also under the impression that the airport was fairly maxed out.

I would love to see AA begin MIA-HPN and I believe it would be a great route for us if it is operationally feaseable.

So, HPN is more like an east coast version of LGB.
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:17 pm

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 14):
So, HPN is more like an east coast version of LGB.

Someone more familiar with the airport could probably answer that question with details, but yes, that is my impression of the situation at HPN.

Now that most of the majors have shifted to RJ and turboprop service from HPN there might be more capacity available for FL to start new service.

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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 14):

So, HPN is more like an east coast version of LGB.

Bingo! That is exactly what it is like, except that HPN is modern and is not in a congested urban area, yet it serves cities and municipalities around it that totals over a million when all added together. Actually, anybody who has been to HPN know how small the access road is, though there was talk of widening it. My family on my dad's side is from Ridegefield, CT (aross state lines, but a very short distance). The interesting thing is because I leave from South FLorida, I fly to either LGA or JFK, and they come and pick me up for the hour drive to CT. (I just make sure not to fly in rush hour 'cause that will cause the drive to increase to 2 hours just to cross the bridge.
My experience with HPN is solely to rent a car to drive to other points in the NE. It is CONSIDERABLY cheaper to rent from HPN then to rent form NYC.

The terminal is very small and the rental car agencies only have a small both, but it works. The advantage of renting a car from HPN is that it can e dropped off at any NYC area airport at no extra charge.

HPN is mostly for Executive Jets (Net Jets has a BIG hub there).
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:51 am

Link? I didn't see anything about this on AirTran's website. My family could use the TPA flights.
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:19 am

Wow. Quite an investment by FL.

DL is up to like six or seven HPN-ATL flights a day, all on RJ's. Anyone think they might start mainline service to HPN, or an RJ flight to MCO?
 
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:23 am

I think it will do well. To many flights out of EWR/JFK/LGA require people on the Island to drive quite a ways. Closer service for them will be a big hit.

Congrats to FL.....long may she grow.
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RE: AirTran To Start FLL/TPA-HPN

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:41 am

What will this do to Spirit and JetBlue one wonders?

FL seems to really be cranking up the heat as of late on Spirits stomping grounds as well as both DL's and B6's hold on N. East to S. Florida.

If FL were to start some Caribbean services out of FL would that be enough to drive Spirit into the spiritworld? Can't help but wonder?

I don't think it will affect B6's strategy overall but it may force their hand on dealing with some travelers that would rather fly out of HPN than LGA, JFK or EWR. Could it affect B6's loads during the winter. Really the only spot left for FL to go south from is Boston.
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