SCQ83 wrote:BWIAirport wrote:TP is definitely on a hot streak in the last year or so. I trust that this is some pretty important network cleanup, getting rid of a bunch of underperforming routes. Could couple with more regional additions in addition to SCQ and the MAD increase.
Quick note, might want to edit the title to 'drops LIS/OPO-LCY'. The phrasing you used makes it sound like they're dropping LIS-OPO as well.
CGN and LCY are not surprising. TAP was one of the few legacies to serve both DUS and CGN and 3 London airports (LCY, LGW and LHR). Clearly an overkill. STR is a bit more surprising but I wonder if FRA is too close. Iberia Express also served briefly MAD-STR a few years ago.
Cancelling CGN is indeed a surprise considering
A TP started a second daily frequency with big fanfare only recently (billboards on airport parking)
B CGN being Germany’s 4th most populous city ahead of DUS, FRA and STR and serving with DUS the 10 million Rhein-Ruhr catchment area, the biggest in Germany
C CGN-LIS was never about local traffic but connections to the Americas with CGN being at the heart of the fast-growing Brazilian community in Germany and host to 200.000 LGBTQs who make up 20% of the population.
D DUS while only being 40k down the road Cologners would bend over backwards trekking up there on slow regional trains or congested freeways and DUS being the anti-City for them doesn’t help either.
So no, CGN being cancelled is a surprise.