July 20, 2007

Route Analysis

To date we have spent some $200,000 in IMG. I would imagine that they have prepared route analysis for ORH; for example, ORH to Orlando. I have thus asked our airport liaison to put all the route analysis on the City website. You never know who may be lookinig?

I have also made a public records request for this information so if it is not put up on the official ORH site, I will put it on FlyOrh.com.


Anonymous said...

Just saw on the Allegiant website that they are flying into Bangor Maine.

Bill Randell said...


I heard that. Also heard that they may be dropping Portsmouth, NH?

Anonymous said...

Article from Associated Press...

Allegiant Airlines no longer flying to Seacoast
July 20, 2007

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. --Allegiant Airlines, which began regular passenger service to New Hampshire's Seacoast in 2005, is pulling the plug.

The Las Vegas-based carrier, which flew from Pease Airport to central Florida, first trimmed back its schedule to seasonal service only. This week, in a letter to the Pease Development Authority, the airline says it was faced with too much competition from low-cost carriers in Portland. Instead, Allegiant says that it will fly seasonally from Bangor International Airport in Maine.

Pease Development Authority Executive Director Dick Green called the decision disappointing, and pointed out that most flights were 90 percent filled. He also said that the authority will work to help make Skybus service successful. The low-cost airline recently began two departures daily from Portsmouth to its home base in Columbus, Ohio.

Allegiant began its seasonal service from Pease to Orlando/Sanford Airport in October 2005.

This latest setback follows failures by other carriers, including Pan Am and Delta.

Earlier this month, Allegiant said its June traffic overall climbed 43.3 percent on increased capacity.

In March, an Allegiant Air flight from Portsmouth touched down safely at Orlando Sanford International Airport after it had problems with malfunctioning nose landing gear. None of 157 passengers on board were injured.

Harry Tembenis

Anonymous said...

PAN Am Dumps Tweed


Anonymous said...

Also read in Norwich Ct Bulletin that passenger volume is down at Bradley..............cannot seem to locate the article via the internet though...was today, Saturdays paper

Anonymous said...


Here's the Pan Am article...

Pan Am ending flighs at Tweed
Cara Baruzzi , Register Staff

NEW HAVEN — Less than five months after its first flight took off here, Pan Am Clipper Connection will stop serving Tweed New Haven Regional Airport at the end of the month.
Pan Am’s departure will leave US Airways as the lone airline serving Tweed.


Pan Am spokeswoman Stacey Beck confirmed Friday that the airline will halt service from Tweed July 30, but would not comment further.

Lawrence J. DeNardis, chairman of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority, said Tweed brought in the small airline as a way to reconnect with Washington, D.C., but that Pan Am’s service did not prove to be adequate. He said airport officials learned of Pan Am’s decision late Thursday.

"It’s disappointing, but I’m not surprised. Business was very slow," he said. "We took a chance with them in the first place."

Tweed lost direct flights to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks roiled the airline industry.

DeNardis said the main problem with Pan Am is that the airline flies into Baltimore/Washington International Airport, which requires travelers to take a 40-minute train ride from the airport into Washington, D.C., after taking a shuttle to catch the train.

"The total time of the trip was often slower than taking (an) Amtrak (train) from Union Station (in New Haven) to Washington," he said.

DeNardis also said Pan Am operates small prop planes with 19 seats, which most people found to be "small and uncomfortable."

He added that the airline did not always operate on time. "Often they were not off the ground in New Haven at the appointed time. One time I waited three hours (due to engine trouble)," he said.

DeNardis said airport officials already are discussing more direct Washington, D.C., routes with larger carriers.

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said Friday that the airport needs to attract more airlines.

"The management of the airport has to reverse continued declines in service available at Tweed if it is to justify the city’s support," he said.

On March 8, Pan Am began offering eight nonstop flights a week, Monday through Friday, from Tweed to four destinations: Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Bedford, Mass.; Elmira, N.Y.; and Portsmouth, N.H.

The airline is operated by Boston-Maine Airways Corp. and is based in Portsmouth, N.H.

US Airways flies from Tweed to Philadelphia.

In March, airport officials and business leaders hailed the addition of Pan Am as a major step forward in improving access to the region.

"Clearly, we are disappointed with the news," said Virginia Kozlowski, acting president of the Greater New Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau. "A viable airport is critical to our region’s economy, both for the leisure traveler and business traveler. Our hotel industry representatives recently worked with Regional Growth Partnership and identified increasing Tweed’s airline service as a priority."


Harry Tembenis
Worcester, MA