Any idea if ET would consider any other US cities?
I can see SEA, DTW, and PHL next. Though How much traffic can get ET get? Their hub isn't DXB or IST, which is well placed compared to ADD.
Wonder if they would want to go up against DL and add ATL? I agree their hub isn't DXB or IST but maybe they aren't after just VFR traffic but sub Saharan Africa traffic as well.
SEA DTW and PHL? How? What feed and purpose would they have there?
ATL is a strong source of traffic for ADD bound pax, though I doubt ET would make it there soon. To date, ET's expansions in Europe and North America have been focused on Star hubs. With UA, what's left is DEN and SFO (LAX, if that's still considered a UA spot, didn't do so well.)
Surprised not via ACC with the new venture ET been trying to set up in Accra.
They could do the same they done with SAA, connect local traffic via Africa world airlines.
Their LFW-LAX failed, i believed they moved some of their NYC to ABJ instead of LFW where passengers connect with Air Cote D'Ivoire.
ACC has yet to materialize on any level, let alone setting up long haul service with no feed. If ACC does happen, I would expect the long hauls to be to Europe and possibly JNB first. I also understand that their agreement with Ghana is to setup a local airline, and instead of AWA they'd use that to feed any future long hauls.
LFW-LAX was a last ditch attempt to salvage service to LAX. And it must have hurt. The switch was quick, and the traffic is just not there. ET had entered the DUB-LAX market with a big bang including support from DUB based entities. LFW doesn't have that, neither does West Africa.
NYC flights from ABJ were in addition of those from LFW. ET had operated to EWR out of LFW for a while, but the agreement with Air Cote D'Ivoire and its feed at ABJ made it compelling. I believe there's O&D traffic from ABJ to NYC that supports this traffic. From ABJ it now flies into JFK while LFW goes into EWR. Maybe one day we will see both going daily (wishful thinking of course.) I understand that ET had always wanted to go into JFK given the concentration of African diaspora around JFK but slot restrictions have not allowed it.
ET is not shy about moving services from one city to another. If in the future ACC grows to be a bigger hub with an ET-affiliated airline, ET will move some flights to it. If the IAD-bound flight frequency increases are of any indication, we may see ET further expanding to IAD and other US destinations via any of its affiliate's hubs.
This new IAH flight will be heavily dependant on LOS and a little bit of JNB to feed it.
For LOS pax they would fly via ADD-LFW to get to IAH whilst on the way back it is IAH-LFW-LOS with the connections available.
The sad part about this is due to the amount of back tracking involved from LOS, no high yielding J class corporate pax would fly them. Majority would still opt for DL via ATL or BA/LH/AF/KL via EU.
As I’ve always stated before if ET lobbied hard to get LOS-IAH 5th freedom traffic rights then the route would prosper but now with such a schedule on offer, I do not foresee this being the case.
FYI Nigeria-IAH p2p demand is greater than South Africa+NBO+ADD+DAR+EBB demand combined.
No doubt about LOS being a strong source of IAH-bound flights. However, I doubt that ET would sell tickets for LOS-ADD-LFW-IAH. What I expect to see, if at all possible, is for KP to have a second flight in and out of LOS that meets the IAH-bound flight at LFW. LOS is a highly competitive market with hard products on offer that are much better than that of ET's. ET can only compete on convenience and price here.
Re: lobbying I am sure ET has poked around and attempted to do so. Its large presence in Nigerian skies is already contested by locals, it'll have to tread carefully.
They should realign the connection flights, out of Lome to make attractive connections making connections for 4 hours max both ways, should consider adding SSG and PHC.
I think there's more to come. Either ET is going to adjust the schedules or KP is going to add new flights.
ET's flights to USA via West Africa are just not right timed. Event the NYC flights arrive at ADD very late, not allowing for ample connection time from ABJ/LFW to Middle Eastern and East African destinations like they used to. And with delays at EWR mostly, the flights arrived at ADD late a lot. But I also understand that there are multiple constraints including making two hubs work, and slots at NYC.
Now imagine ET doing a triangle route to NYC (I am allowed to dream:) ADD-NYC-ABJ/LFW-ADD and ADD-ABJ/LFW-NYC-ADD. I am not looking to start the hot high debates and comments here, and if that's an issue, throw in ADD-DUB-NYC!