Currently, it flies 1/wk, but in the summer, just as last year, it was supposed to upgrade to 2/wk. Instead, people from TPA, sadly hear the news that this route will continue all throughout the summer as a 1/wk flight because of the lack of planes. Numbers have shown that tourism to Pinellas County (the tourist beaches) is up greatly from Europe. A part of this likely is having the availability to fly easily from ZRH. This could even do better if it was increased to 2/wk, and the possibility to international flights from Europe to increase. Despite an advertised 98% load factor this summer (wonder how far back that goes?), it will still not go 2/wk. If anyone has the load factors, I would greatly appreciate it, but I have heard since last fall, the load factors have been great. This spring and summer, even better. I wonder what routes are causing this to be a 1/wk flight. Did they make this a route change, or did they reduce the long haul planes? Should they consider reducing frequencies on another route? I am going out on a limb hear, but is this just the beginning of a process of bringing in a new long haul European carrier? The passengers numbers are up at TPA, economy is getting better here, and tourism from Europe has been growing greatly. I read the thread on the announcement of this flight, and it seemed positive, but I took away a few things from it. One member declared it, "dead on arrival." But that is beside the point, the point being, should have TPA tried harder to get a carrier from Europe that will offer more frequency, and a possibility to play a larger role in the future? For a growing Tampa Bay area, this carrier operating 1/wk will not play a large role in the long run, maybe even realizing a decreased role possibly as soon as 5 years from now. Could they land LH by then? Likely more frequency to a larger airport, and region. Delegations at Tampa have tried to entice German manufacturing businesses to consider Tampa as a U.S. option. These were small, but have a chance, and this could be the beginning of an evolution from this charter, one weekly flight, to a mainstream carrier, operating close to daily operations.
[Edited 2013-05-21 14:27:40]