Would a BA MSY-LHR service have any effect on DE's seasonal MSY-FRA service?
Getting BA to return has been that airport's goal for a longgggg time.
Having DE operate 44 flights per year, is icing.
see the Condor flight as more of an inbound boon to tourism for the state and MSY and any new carrier flying to LON as more of a benefit to the outbound and inbound tourism, corporate, oil/gas markets. Really a perfect set up.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see perhaps a weekly DU to CDG added eventually. Longterm.
Wouldn't BA to LGW be possible?
and I agree it would be to LGW if true.
BA already tried LGW-MSY back in the day, and it didn't last.
MSY is currently the largest British O&D market in the USA without a nonstop to LON, but it still isn't enough to reliably fill a 772ER to yield, which is what would be needed to sustain an LGW flight.
A 787 to LHR, with a healthy mix of O&D and connections, is a much more likely probability.
Conversely, if they got BA wouldn't they have done something to try and keep him?
Or, it could be that he's completed what they hired him to do.
Since the guy's come in, they've gained scheduled service to Germany, Panama, and now a seeming resumption of the UK; in addition to expanding service to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.
The airport is serving 20 more destinations than its pre-9/11 high, it's one of (if not THE) only FAA designated "medium hub" with nonstop service to Central America, and in two out of the last three years, it's been the fastest growing such airport in the country.
His tenure has been nothing short of miraculous for MSY, which from 2005 to 2009, had **no** scheduled international service at all, on any airline.
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil