User avatar
SLCUT2777
Topic Author
Posts: 3407
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:17 am

TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Mon May 07, 2007 11:18 pm

Interesting note from Ben Mutzabaugh over at "Today in the Sky" at USAToday.com linking an article in the Tampa Bay online paper about the desire for better service: http://www.tbo.com/news/money/MGBK0CF4A1F.html and hiring a marketing consultant for the airport. Tampa Bay (TPA) is seeking a direct flight to SFO for better Asia connection (Is UA interested in such a flight?). Also they would like a flight to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica (Perhaps an opportunity for DL to try a P2P outside of ATL?). Additionally a flight to Frankfurt (FRA), Germany is desired (Would LH be interested?).
TPA is somewhat one of those "catch-22" airports market wise since MIA isn't far away and AA's big hub there. MCO is just an hour or two away with all of the O&D traffic the Magic Kingdom's big airport obviously draws. To top it off, you have the DL mega-hyb just up the road in ATL. What is a consultant to do with an airport like TPA?  scratchchin 
DELTA Air Lines; The Only Way To Fly from Salt Lake City; Let the Western Heritage always be with Delta!
 
MAH4546
Posts: 24522
Joined: Wed Jan 24, 2001 1:44 pm

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Fl

Tue May 08, 2007 12:27 am

There is one of these articles from a Tampa newspaper every 8-12 months. Realisticly, they should be very satisfied with flights to Los Angeles and London. I think Spirit is their best (and only) shot at San Jose (still very unlikely), while Delta Connection or Spirit could fill the Nassau void (which in reality is the only real void, here).

[Edited 2007-05-07 17:27:57]
a.
 
User avatar
ERJ170
Posts: 5470
Joined: Thu Apr 15, 2004 11:15 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 12:33 am

Couldn't TPA just do the study then sell it to every airport out there saying the same thing? Aren't all airports gonna have a report stating how important it is for them to have international service to XXX, YYY, and ZZZ? They could at least make a profit off their study..
Aiming High and going far..
 
User avatar
SLCUT2777
Topic Author
Posts: 3407
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:17 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:01 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 1):
Realisticly, they should be very satisfied with flights to Los Angeles and London. I think Spirit is their best (and only) shot at San Jose (still very unlikely), while Delta Connection or Spirit could fill the Nassau void (which in reality is the only real void, here).

 checkmark  TPA just doesn't get the O&D traffic that MCO gets and lacks the hub AA has put into MIA. I'm not certain, but isn't FLL ahead of them in O&D passengers as well as overall passengers? Does the DL flight to SLC (#1035--752) give them the west coast options (including SFO) they want? In addition to the two 738s DL sends from there to LAX?
DELTA Air Lines; The Only Way To Fly from Salt Lake City; Let the Western Heritage always be with Delta!
 
copaair737
Posts: 3571
Joined: Sat Aug 30, 2003 5:00 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:12 am

I'd like to see a TPA-SFO flight, but I don't ever see it coming to fruition.

-Copa
Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C, and Cocaine
 
clrd4t8koff
Posts: 391
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:57 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:29 am

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 4):
I'd like to see a TPA-SFO flight, but I don't ever see it coming to fruition.

UA ala TED couldn't fill at least 1 A320 flight a day? A morning departure from Tampa with a red-eye return from SFO???
 
PanAm747
Posts: 4713
Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2004 4:46 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:35 am

TPA will very much need to focus on getting business travellers into the city. The revenue generated by a big company (and smaller ones, too) having a long-term contract with an airline to provide travel here in California (Hewlett-Packard and United are HUGE here!) would focus an airline's attention on expansion.
Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
 
copaair737
Posts: 3571
Joined: Sat Aug 30, 2003 5:00 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:37 am

Quoting Clrd4t8koff (Reply 5):

UA ala TED couldn't fill at least 1 A320 flight a day? A morning departure from Tampa with a red-eye return from SFO???

I'd think that would work, but when there isn't even an SFO-FLL flight, I find it hard to believe an SFO-TPA flight will come along.

-Copa
Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C, and Cocaine
 
MAH4546
Posts: 24522
Joined: Wed Jan 24, 2001 1:44 pm

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:51 am

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 7):

I'd think that would work, but when there isn't even an SFO-FLL flight, I find it hard to believe an SFO-TPA flight will come along.

NK is planning a daily SFO-FLL flight to start in December. Not definite yet, though.
a.
 
copaair737
Posts: 3571
Joined: Sat Aug 30, 2003 5:00 am

RE: TPA Seeks Better International & West Coast Flight

Tue May 08, 2007 4:54 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 8):
NK is planning a daily SFO-FLL flight to start in December. Not definite yet, though.

About time. Would work out well I would imagine. I don't know how B6 is doing in the FLL-OAK route, but it's long overdue for SFO to have another SoFla connection.

-Copa
Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C, and Cocaine