FL landed at GPT
in 1999 with the opening of the Beau Rivage. The flights to TPA
where partially covered by the BR
, but where operated as scheduled services meaning all booking went through FL
normal channels, (no public charters,) In the early days FL
upgauged several of the flights to the 732. BNA
was the first to fall as it was the only FL
route from there. at some point the HOU
flights also got the axe, leaving the ever popular ATL
routes. At later point the MCO
service went by the wayside and the ATL
service continued until they got axed the first time after Katrina. Post K the FL
provided wet lease service for a tour operator doing ATL
3x weekly. After a year or so FL
decided to give GPT
a try again on their own and resumed scheduled ATL
flying until the WN
buyout and GPT
became one of the first cities axed.
also operated a daily 737-500 daily and was slated to upgrade a second flight to a 735, but this never transpired as Katrina intervened. Since then it has been all ERJs to IAH
. The 735 was a marketing deal with 3 casinos, but not subsidized by them as best I can tell.
For the person stating GPT
was hopping for a while, it was, but that was for a couple of years from the late 90's when the economy was good unit 9/11/2001. After that recovery, DL
went on to become the big player at GPT
bringing in an MD
-80 on Saturdays, then daily also upgauging ASA flights to ATR-72s. Eventually the MD
-80 became a 2x daily feature and DLX has filled the rest of shcedule with primarly CR2s. That will all change soon as DL
goes all mainline at GPT
I had hoped CO
would eventually restore the 735 service, but the recession, followed high fuel costs, the merger and Jeffy's phase out of the smaller 73s pretty much have put that hope on ice, for now.
I would cetianly like see the other majors at GPT
follow DLs lead and upgauge to mainline or at least larger RJs.
As a final GPT
throwback, does anyone else remember Canada 2000 operating seasonal weekend charters into GPT
in the mid-late 90s. Only one of two times the terminal has proven it's ability to handle the 757-200. There was talk then of Canada 2000 returning the next year, but they went on a buying spree of smaller Canadian operators and bit the dust before that happened.