|Quoting caribbean484 (Reply 97):|
Thanks for your response. B6 with an E190 will be a less formidable competitor than with the 320. There will most certainly be baggage problems and some might prefer the 738 over the e-190. Any case BW will defeinitely benefit frrom its more liberal baggage policies which B6 will not be able to offer.
It is possible that some FLL originating/destined passengers who refuse to use BW (for what ever reason, using AA instead) might shift to B6.
I am quite sure that BW will do fine on the JFK and that B6 will be a plus as passengers will feel that they have choice. It will get BW on their toes. FINALLY they will have to upgrade their JFK ground operations, even if it means replacing their subcontractors. But the market is large and there is that quota of people in the NYC area who are "Trini to d bone," and will always use the national carrier, once it provides decent fares and service.
|Quoting BW424 (Reply 99):|
Unless 2011/13 are very different from prior years T&T tourism arrival stats will suggest that the growth was between 1995 and 2008, and has been fairly flat since. With only negligable growth, out of the USA, and with Canada and the UK down. I know that the UK situation impacts TAB more than POS.
I cant imagine that travel to the USA by T&T citizens has increased much since 2008 as visas have become more expensive and scrutiny more intense, and the economy has been stagnant in recent years. The VFR market out of JFK is definitely impacted by the Great Recession as the Caribbean and other lower middle class communities have suffered severe set backs.
Yes I am aware that a decision was made not to wet lease the 767 in summer 2013 for the 500/501, so even though DLs daily 757 service GEO JFK was not operating, as it was in prior summers, BW offered FEWER seats than it did in prior years. The result was that passengers traveling JFK POS/GEO had to pay very high airfares last summer as there was a severe shortage of seats.
With TS back in the market and B6 arriving in time for carnival 2014 will be very different, and fares iwll return to normal. I consider this to be a good thing as passengers and the travel industry will stop seeing BW as being abusive.
Let us hope that BW is able to cut costs without cutting service standards, are creating a severely demoralized crew who will take it out on the passengers.