I’ll never say never, I don’t see Tran-Atlantic coming to PWM. Just not enough demand. PWM hasn’t even managed to atttact and keep a non-stop to MCO with B6 or Southwest/Air Tran over the last 12 years because the daily O/D numbers don’t demand it.
While there’s demand for domestic routes to and from Maine, most Mainers aren’t much of international travelers. A lot of Maine people don’t leave New England for years at a time, (I know adults who’ve never gone further than New York State) and Maine is one of the poorest states, as well as the state with the oldest average population. Good paying jobs are few here and businesses are heavily reliant on the three month tourist season to bring in most of the money.
Places like PVD and BDL are closer to major population centers with higher incomes and more people who travel internationally.
Norwegian considered PSM for flights to Ireland, but declined it for SWF. Just not enough demand North of the Boston metro. The Northern New Englanders who want to go to Europe will just go to BOS, or make a connection from PWM. The JFK flight on Delta is cheap with B6 on the route and international connections out of PWM no longer cost three times BOS or JFK/EWR like it use to be before LCC’s arrived 12 years ago.
I never go to BOS anymore really. Maybe twice in the last ten years. PWM is always the same price or cheaper than going to BOS for me.
Oh, I don't think it'll happen, either, and I think I've been quite clear about that. I'm only raising this point because someone raised the issue of runway length, which I don't think is as significant of a problem as suggested given ORK's situation and the fact that TATL flights originating on this side of the pond don't need as much fuel as their counterparts, all other things equal.
MHT and PSM would be more likely, but even those two are less desirable than PVD and BDL (which perhaps explains why the latter two see Norwegian while the second listed was passed over). The first, meanwhile, doesn't even have full-time customs IIRC, so that's a non-starter until that changes.
As for PWM, the only potential corporate link would be IDEXX which has offices in the Netherlands and Western Europe but even that does not have O+D numbers to support a "corporate link" a la RDU and LHR with GSK. That being said, while it's not just about Maine being not overly adventurous -- it's also about those coming from across the pond -- there's no real incentive for Europeans to go to Maine or New Hampshire when you can get a direct flight from BOS.
You are correct that the O+D numbers simply do not support much beyond what PWM currently has, although I think they have done exceptionally well in expanding (and retaining) with services like WN (and even B6, which I didn't think would last long at all) in recent years. I have not been to PWM since 2010, as I have been in the Greater BOS area the majority of that time. I would imagine PWM is quite a bit cheaper than it used to be -- I remember it being an arm and a leg to go pretty much anywhere -- although given the plethora of non-stops I can get from here I have no real reason to go elsewhere.