PAN AM's plan for success hinges on utilizing second-tier airports. In the case of Gary, Mid-America, and Portsmouth, there is ZERO direct competition. (I read on this forum that they're only packing 40 or so Pax per flight into the PIT-PSM route. I don't know how accurate that statement is, but I could see where it would be the case. PSM is a haul from Boston).
JetBlue is going toe-to-toe with the big boys on their turf, at least in the east. JFK. ROC. BUF. MCO. These are "price war flashpoints." Granted, the financing and business plans for blue are substantially different than PA, and the carrier fills a different niche, but everyone wants to see Blue establish themselves and succeed.
I welcom Pan Am and would love to see them start service to ROC. I could DEFINITELY see them beginning a Portsmouth-Niagara Falls route. I wouldn't be surprised if they were already considering this. I'm just happy the name is alive in any incarnation, and I'd love a chance to see those beautiful clippers in the sky over my house.
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