Congrats to San José. Wonderful city in a wonderful country with fantastic people. For a variety of reasons I´ve spent a lot of time throughout my life in Costa Rica and it is very close personally to me.
I do have a question. It surprises me that BA
has decided to launch an uncommon route for them that IB
flies 7x. What is the point? Both are owned by the same group and as I remember, one of the the main drivers behind bringing IB
into the fold was to let BA
focus in other ops and IB
bring its Latin American routing core competencies into the group. What is the reasoning for this route when IB
can connect its SJO
inbound pax through MAD
to both LGW
and onward points in Europe?
Sure, cannibalization may not be a danger due to the low planned frequency by BA
, although 3x is right on the edge, but surely there may be redundancy? Further, I would see more sense if the route was to LHR
. That would mean there is a business traveller component that does not care for a flight on IB
and a connect in MAD
, but to/from LGW
I don´t get it.