Is it just me or does it feel like it's been somewhat lack-luster of an announcement year thus far for PDX?
I agree, I have seen a few over the last 9 months, like Orlando and some additions to Texas area. But nothing really notable. I was hoping for more international. I know Iceland is expanding to 6 days weekly. I am surprised Condor with their load factors doesn't go 6 days. I work at for an agency at the airport and they have had meetings in Mexico pushing Mexico City, maybe there is a demand there. I see the monthly numbers are still strong but down to around the 5% range increases. I booked Europe in August and took the direct flight to London, on Delta. I know its still 5 months out but the flight is only 1/3 full. I return via Paris to Salt Lake City. It is already half full. But SLC is a hub. I also really thought we would have seen MIA by now.
On another note, I do see a difference in aircraft size. Southwest has many more 800's than in the past. Alaska has more 900's at PDX. I return from Europe to SLC and fly back to PDX on a 757. I think the frequency's are increased as normal for summer, but maybe the aircraft which half the frequencies already increases in size will even increase more.
If Condor has another strong year they must have to consider extending the season or even year round as mentioned above. From the meetings I have attended, even adding London will not make much of a dent with the demand to Europe for the summer months.
I'm surprised Icelandair went 6x week rather than year-round first. It's only a matter of time of course. Condor doesn't seem to do many destinations year round, but Portland year-round at least 4x weekly would do very well...even with FI and DL to KEF and AMS respectively. AC to YYZ, FI, and DE going year-round would be a very good thing for PDX....not necessarily daily, but at least year-round.
DL's 1/3 full to LHR doesn't surprise me. I've seen a handful of ads for the service when compared to FI and DE ads around the city on billboards, MAX trains, etc. They marketed very well to get the word out and it's worked. I love having a flight to London, but like most, I champion for a BA connection. It just makes better sense than DL. I have nothing against Delta at all, but going to London doesn't add up.
I will be surprised if Hainan doesn't announce Portland soon, BA this fall, and as a wild card EK to DXB would be cool.
I remember reading on this thread somewhere that Volaris was cutting back frequency, but it looks like they're actually increasing frequency, so that's nice to see. MEX would be a nice add too.