LimaFoxTango wrote:Caymanair wrote:caribbean484 wrote:
I understand where you are coming from but as explained many times already, the schedule is what the GORTT is thinks it can handle from the airlines; so if BW is getting 4w rest assure B6 and AA will also have to present 4w flights from JFK and MIA.
As I mentioned it's either the borders are opened or closed, the Government should not be in the business of dictating demand for airlines at any time, however we have a group of people that like the idea of heavy fisted control.
On a better footing hearing that the cuts at BW is significantly reduced from the 450 put out as demand is looking up sooner, so we will see how this will play out.
In this case it is not a matter of government economic control. This is a health matter. So it is sensible to allow inbound arrival capacity based on the capacity of health authorities to test, trace, and treat. Throwing the doors open would be reckless.
Ok, but how do you devise a system that is fair an equitable to all, given not all airlines are equal? Whatever system is put in place may give an unfair advantage to one airline over the next. For example, limiting flights say to JFK to 1x daily, will advantage BW over say B6. I agree with caribbean484, the borders are either opened or they're not.
It's not an economic decision. If you can handle X number of arrivals per week, then you can divide up between interested carriers that meet your standards. That could be airlines willing to limit capacity, airlines not requiring staff to ON (or to quarantine before leaving), those willing to accept additional screening etc. If that means just BW then so be it. And you also have to be realistic... BW is the most important carrier to TT from both a commercial and a strategic point of view, so it should get some level of preference. The few services a week won't make the carrier profitable and it won't disadvantage B6 or AA, who will do well as things recover regardless.
You also need to ensure broad airlift, and not just airlift which private interests profit most from.... and I imagine that means limiting routes with lots of demand (like JFK) in order to make sure that at least some airlift is provided elsewhere.
In 'normal' times this wouldn't be the way to go, but this is an experimental reopening process and careful regulation in the national best interest is more important that a free market for people looking for jaunts overseas, I think.