Direct Leisure Destinations
Very interesting column on Arnold Palmer Airport. They are about to book their 2 millionth passenger with Spirit and are averaging 20,000 passengers per month.
We bring up Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania since they are in a similar postion in relation to Pittsburgh as we are with Worcester. Here is one line:
Spirit offers 50 flights a week, with up to 182 seats each, between Arnold Palmer Regional and destinations including Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Florida airports in Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.
The seasonal Myrtle Beach flights normally leave the Unity airport once daily, but will increase to twice daily departures on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning in May, Monzo said.
Maybe we could learn from them??
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commented on 2019-03-22 13:27:00
Massport bought the airport in 2010. Unless Mr. Davis and his team are totally incompetent (which is quite possible) they most likely have contacted Spirit many times to start service here. The obviously have no interest in coming here. Also, I'm sure their seeing the AA and JB JFK flights struggling. Based on that, I don't see any chance they would want to enter the shaky market at ORH. I could be totally wrong, but I just don’t see any way they come here.
commented on 2019-03-22 18:10:07
Common Sense, the point of this post was the destinations not that we should go after Spirit. Latrobe, a secondary airport to Pittsburgh, has achieved success by flying direct flights to leisure destinations. To date we have had success on 2 (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando) of these 5 destinations, we should target the next 3 (Fort Myers, Tampa, Myrtle Beach).
commented on 2019-03-23 09:23:22
All of these destinations you mention are currently available from ORH with either AA or JB. The flights (especially AA) have a very reasonable layover in PHI. I understand your advocating direct flights, but I still question which airlines are going to come here to start this service. At this point I just don't see JB adding any direct lights to their ORH route. The logical choice would be to bring in a low-cost carrier. My point is Massport probably has spoken to all these several times with no success. Maybe the new ad campaign will bring in more travelers so the direct flights would work. I just don't see it happening anytime soon. Also, I don't believe what Massport is saying about the new $300,000 marketing push. They claim this had nothing to do with AA cutting back on flights, but what a coincidence it is that they decided to do this within weeks of the AA decision to scale back
commented on 2019-03-23 11:14:19
Yes Common all these destinations are either available direct (MCO or FLL) or through connections and nobody knows that...