AC4500 wrote:CDG-MSY seems like it would be a reasonable leisure market pre/post-COVID. Maybe in 5 years from now?
Granted, airlines and airports talk all the time, but it's worth noting that both the airport as well as the city's tourism marketing arm reported recurrent expenditures in talking to AF (and meeting AF staff in MSY) in their 2019 financials.
Pandemic more than likely halted that in its tracks, but still was cool to see. Both sides were definitely doing their due diligence.
AC4500 wrote:My hopes of PDX-CDG are pretty much gone now that both DL and BA are off of PDX-LHR for good...
Sincerely doubt that it's for good.... they were both willing to accept a direct competitor on the nonstop, to a gateway that wasn't a j/v hub for either one of them. If there was sufficient demand to lure them into that, then it's hard to envision there not being sufficient demand to eventually bring at least one of them back.
SunsetLimited wrote:Well, DE definitely proved after three successful seasons (was going on its 4th) that there is...or was...a market for a second nonstop carrier between Europe and MSY at least seasonally.
Yep, and airport was aiming for a third. Could definitely see BA+AF doing well on concurrent nonstops to Europe. Maybe eventually even a Lufthansa/EuroWings/Discovery nonstop to FRA along with them.
Three would be an incredible sweetspot for that type of market.