|Quoting oly720man (Reply 48):|
I can see the JFK-SNN and BOS-SNN being popular for flights to SNN, not only for those going back to the old country. My brother's ex- in-laws have flown into SNN a couple of times from the US, him for the golf and her for the gardens and scenery. Golf trips seem to be popular and there are some very nice golf courses on the W coast of Ireland.
-NYC have always done well during the summer peak. They are amongst the longest served routes from SNN
. The problem has always been operating them profitably during the winter and shoulder seasons on account of the highly seasonal nature of touist traffic to the West of Ireland particurarly with widebodies. The only airline that seems to have figured out how to operate SNN
year round and with a decent timetable was CO
/UA who use the B757 and have a nice big hub at one end to feed the service.
I would suspect that with the B757s EI
are hoping to use connecting traffic from the EIR network to supplement local demand. This was not an option with the A330s as in order to have much hope of enticing connecting passengers through SNN
needed to vastly improve frequencies on the USA services but they were never going to attract enough connecting passengers to make this viable. Those widebodies could be put to much better use operating from DUB
. The 757s offer a slight increase in capacity but offer a vastly imrpoved frequency. I guess we need to watch this space for the next few years to see how it pans out and if so, whether they opt to place an A321NEO order to replace the 757s in the longer run.
Airports: SNN GWY NOC DUB ORK BOS EWR JFK ORD MCI BOI SEA LHR STN CDG LYS FAO GVA HKG MEL ADL HBA