HVNandrew wrote:CairnterriAIR wrote:cheapgreek wrote:
GON had low loads when the Usairways 19 seat B-1900,s flew to PHL, an A-220 would be too large. So far the HVN-CLT flights are doing very well and have used the CRJ-700 for the first two Saturdays. The federal appeal case regarding the paving of the runway overruns has been heard and it seems HVN will win this time, in fact the states attorney,s testimony favored HVN instead of discrediting it. https://www.facebook.com/tweedfacts/ Allegiant airlines has said with the runway overruns paved, it would start Florida service. Hoping for DL to start HVN-DTW service and UA HVN-IAD service. It appears the CRJ-700 is the best RJ for HVN's present runway and will not take weight restrictions as the CRJ-200's do.
Groton’s loads dropped once Southwest entered Providence and Hartford and the fares and seat numbers they offered made service aboard the smaller turboprop uneconomical. Before that happened, GON had Airline service dating back decades...(Pilgrim, Air New England, Allegheny etc). Military and local traffic sustained it. Today the Eastern Connecticut shoreline has two large casinos, military traffic, beaches, and easy access to the islands...much more potential local traffic than 20 years ago. Provided an airline can operate flights with competitive aircraft to a viable hub (connections as well as local traffic), and promote the route properly, passengers will come. JetBlue to D.C. or even Delta to Atlanta is a safe bet.
Is GON actively seeking scheduled air service? It has not had any in 15+ years. Given that length of time I'm skeptical as to service returning without some sort of concerted effort on the part of the airport/city/state.
PVD is closer to GON than BDL is and its a quick ride up I-95 as opposed to the multi route drive to BDL. GON never had as far back I can remember much airline service but only at the end there were B1900's to PHL and those had low load factors.