Anyone have the figures for how the loads are for the LHR-TPA flights ?
Flew it on Sunday and only 106 people were on board, and looking at the seat map for the return, only 63.
Not sure on loads. January and February is the slowest time of year for transatlantic traffic, so those loads are to be expected. Things will pick up in March.
Only industry insiders will have that true information and I am sure they are not allowed to share that info. TPA itself will release Jan data next month as they have already released Dec 22 (which is very fast for most major airports)
If you do some piecing of the data and make a few assumptions. For December, you get this:
VS - LHR-TPA - 10.880 pax on 62 flights (daily), that equates to 175 per flight using 787-9 with 258 seats on every run, you are looking at a load of 68% for Deceember.
BA LGW-TPA - 10,824 on 42 flights (roughly 5x weekly), equates to 257 per flight. If they use the hi-density 772ER's (which I believe is the only option from LGW), with 336 seats, that equates to 76.7%
FLYKTPA is correct. Jan and Feb are notoriously low for TATL loads, certainly are up here in BOS where you can often see loads of 1/2 of those from the summer or worse, It's a little different for FL because its a winter destination for many, but I wouldn't expect it to be great. Also a Sunday/Monday view is not the greatest comparative. Because flying out on Sunday means you lose Monday and every day counts and flying out Monday means you lose the weekend essentially. Fine for business, not so fine for leisure in particular.
Anyway, the numbers above (apart from the aircraft seat totals) are taken from here as my source:https://www.tampaairport.com/sites/defa ... NDINGS.pdf
note TPA show both in and out for pax counts, but only count the landings, so you have to double that number to get the total flights above.