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BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:18 pm

Does anyone have further info on this?

http://sflcn.com/direct-flights-from-hartford-to-jamaica/
 
globetrotter29
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:59 pm

Seems like a route that could work well. Hartford metro has the 4th largest Jamaican population in the country and the state has over 50,000 Jamaican Americans. That being said, does VFR traffic typically gravitate towards Kingston? And if so, does Kingston attract any leisure travelers (I know MBJ is Jamaica's tourist mecca) that could help support a BDL-KIN flight?
 
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:02 pm

Quoting globetrotter29 (Reply 1):
And if so, does Kingston attract any leisure travelers (I know MBJ is Jamaica's tourist mecca) that could help support a BDL-KIN flight?

No. Kingston is dangerous and not for tourists.
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spinkid
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:48 pm

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 2):
No. Kingston is dangerous and not for tourists.

I always thought that fear applied to the actual city. I was under the impression there were still resorts within reach of Kingston.

A great VFR market, and opportunities for tourism as well. At least 1-2 weekly could work.

A Question is who would serve it. Air Jamaica or B6?
 
guyanam
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:23 pm

Quoting spinkid (Reply 3):

B6. CT not only has a good VFR market, some using MBJ, depending on which part of the Jamaica they are headed to (not all VFR is KIN), but also CT generated 34k visitors. And interestingly not just during the winter months.

Maybe 1-2x weekly. CT generates almost as many tourists as does MA, which does enjoy winter only service out of BOS. Travel ex MA is more winter focused than out of CT.
 
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:26 pm

I wonder if WN would consider it. I feel like they could do a lot of point to point international flying from various US cities.
 
guyanam
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:41 pm

Quoting airliner371 (Reply 5):

B6 already does BDL SJU, so might be comfortable with a Jamaica route. It can sell direct to MBJ (Sa only), and via FLL to KIN.

There is also a large Puerto Rican origin population around BDL.
 
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:03 am

Quoting airliner371 (Reply 5):

WN hasn't demonstrated any outside the box thinking with international travel. They wouldn't start with BDL...
 
CairnterriAIR
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:26 am

The greater Hartford area has a huge Jamaican population as well as a healthy number of people with disposable income looking for a place that is warm to go to for vacation. A no brainer route that should of ( was actually planned ages ago but never operated) started years ago. Daily flight with an A321.
 
catiii
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:00 am

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 8):

The greater Hartford area has a huge Jamaican population as well as a healthy number of people with disposable income looking for a place that is warm to go to for vacation. A no brainer route that should of ( was actually planned ages ago but never operated) started years ago. Daily flight with an A321.


Daily with a 321? Doubt there are the 300-400 PDEW to support it.
 
CairnterriAIR
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:54 pm

Family travel agency of ours books huge numbers of people a week to Jamaica. Tons of friends and family, tons of tourists. Been like that for years along with BDL to SJU which also carries large amounts of traffic. Very safe bet for an airline to run daily service.
 
guyanam
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:10 pm

Quoting catiii (Reply 9):

Daily with a 321 might be a stretch, but 3x with an a320, increasing to 5x for the summer, might work. Into MBJ. CT seems to generate around 800 visitors per week to Jamaica, though obviously not all from the BDL area. This may well be a case where improved access might also increase traffic, as many might not think that a drive to JFK is all that convenient when SJU and FL have nonstop service.
 
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RE: BDL To Jamaica?

Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:45 pm

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 8):
Daily flight with an A321.

Not a chance. BDL can't keep a nonstop to LAX, a place with actual business connections on a 738, but they'll fill a daily A321 to Jamaica? Quite a stretch.

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 10):

Family travel agency of ours books huge numbers of people a week to Jamaica. Tons of friends and family, tons of tourists. Been like that for years along with BDL to SJU which also carries large amounts of traffic. Very safe bet for an airline to run daily service.

You can't compare SJU and Jamaica. They're not even close to the same situation. The Puerto Rican population in BDL catchment area is massive. Jamaica isn't even in the same ballpark.
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