Clicked around the website and I see Kim Becker went to Australia in September for a conference and met with Air New Zealand officials. Not holding out hope this will lead to anything, but thought it was worth a mention.
Also, maybe I'm just a stickler for detail, but if you're trying to attract an airline, I think you should get their name right on public documents. She reported the meeting was with "New Zealand Airlines" and "New Zealand Air."
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Ms. Becker makes quite a few trips to overseas airline headquarters -- with some even mentioning that such trips concern "possible new service" -- and I personally have stopped mentioning or paying any attention to them. I don't know what SDIA's policy is regarding what circumstances suggest she get involved in possible new int'l service for SAN but it doesn't appear to be cases of high likelihood of such new service being imminent. She's the President and CEO of SAN and I would think she's got a lot more to do here at home putting out fires and dealing with major issues such as UBER vs.
taxis, and oh I don't know, perhaps getting the new T1 built; also that pesky rising-sea-levels-at-a-major-airport-just-a-stone's-throw-from-the-Pacific-Ocean needs a lot of attention doesn't it?!
If there is new service that is all ready to start, lacking only the signature of a high-ranking airport officer, then by all means, she should make the trip. That doesn't seem to be the case involving her many trips that we've seen, such as to PR's hq in MNL earlier this year.
I assume Hampton is still on his game and is highly capable of negotiating new air service for SAN. However, we sure haven't seen his name being mentioned much this year nor have we seen any results of his handiwork lately, including news of exciting new service in 2020, as some of us hoped to see. (Two new Canadian cx appear to be knocking on the door but I'm talking a bit more along the lines of Intercontinental service expansion such as Asia, Europe, and Latin America!)
Sorry for the rant. What do the rest of the regulars on this thread think?
Agreed on these points.
Is there any version of a 787 or A350 that can take off from SAN, fully loaded, and make it to Oceania? And if so, is there enough of a premium demand from SAN to justify an additional flight that WON'T take away from anything LAX has?
If the answer to these questions is currently no, then visiting that region is a vacation, not a business trip.
The focus should be on Copa first and foremost. Yes, I know, we can talk about the MAX groundings as to why SAN-PTY service hasn't begun, but that's the most likely to be our next international service. Second should be an Asian carrier, followed third by a SkyTeam European flight, either CDG or AMS, or a combination of both (obviously after LH's route matures).
My personal thought is that PR is never going to fly into SAN. The business demand isn't here, and PR is filling up two 777's daily at LAX. Any flight from SAN would be a one-stop (can an A350 do SAN-MNL?), thus competing with JL's SAN-NRT-MNL service. And connections? NRT has that covered from SAN without an additional stop.
As for the issues surrounding SAN, I agree wholeheartedly that the new T1 cannot begin construction soon enough. Southwest is bursting at the seams at SAN, and as the number of transfers via WN continues to build at SAN, the three different "banjo wings" not connected airside arrangement is only going to get more inconvenient and maddening. The Uber/Lyft situation reminds me of the image of an ostrich with its head in the sand, hoping the problem will go away - which it won't. And having a multitude of drop-off/pick-up points for SAN passengers would certainly extend the useful lifespan of Harbor Drive, not to mention Grape and Hawthorne Streets! I have advocated for a long period of time that the Middletown Station could be easily transformed into a multi-modal stop for trolleys, buses, Coaster, and passenger cars (right at Interstate 5!), but there is also the Washington Street exit/Rental Car return, as well as the SPAWARS site being considered. If you want complete gridlock, then model yourself after LAX and Century Blvd and the insanity there - but if you want a functioning airport and flowing traffic, you MUST consider alternatives.
I will happily rant with you Bob all day! Some call it whining and complaining; however, I prefer the term "advocating for a long term solution and not caving into NIMBY's or special interests like the taxi drivers who kept the trolley out decades ago".