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Thread: Please Email Jet Blue to Re-Start AZS Flights from NYC

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    Default Just Emailed Go Dominican Site

    I emailed the NYC office.

    Lets see what they say...

    http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/c...and-caribbean/

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    Stop the insanity

    So - I'm checking other metro areas for direct flights into AZS next Winter. NADA!

    Zilch, Nothing...ZERO

    WTF

    Nada from Miami or Atlanta or Wash DC - No Bueno!

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    Not one, zero, flights from the USA to AZS

    If you live in Buffalo or near Montreal.... just trip across the border for WestJet

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    ? It's a pleasant two-hour drive from SDQ, which has plenty of flights going everywhere....

    Besides, I'm not sure how excited I'd be about Las Terrenas becoming a major thing for east coasters. Punta Cana gets the AI crowds, Puerto Plata/Sosua get the "weekend millionaires" convinced they can turn La Gatita and her amigas into honest women.

    LT is still very pleasant and, comparatively speaking, less commercialized and Americanized.

    The way it is now, is just fine.
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    Be careful what you wish for.

    Jet Blue and Air Morac code share. Next thing you know, Mosques popping up in Las Terenas and other North coast cities. You think the roosters are annoying in the morning? Wait until you hear some bloke singing in Arabic on a loudspeaker at 5am. Been there done that, I'll take the rooster, thank you very much.

    Just saying.

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    Default Big deal out of nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz65 View Post
    Be careful what you wish for.

    Jet Blue and Air Morac code share. Next thing you know, Mosques popping up in Las Terenas and other North coast cities. You think the roosters are annoying in the morning? Wait until you hear some bloke singing in Arabic on a loudspeaker at 5am. Been there done that, I'll take the rooster, thank you very much.

    Just saying.
    Moroccan from Maroco who can afford vacationing in the Caribbean are more likely to be found in St Barth or in club med in Punta Cana. And they are not the type who go to the mosque 5 times a day. Just sayin'

    Anyhow, it is ridiculous to think that JB is going to bring flights after an email campaign. If the demand, hence profits were there, they would still be there, simple. Some European Airlines (like XL airways) fly to AZS seasonally, obviously JB didnt go that route either.

    It is 2.5 hour drive, the kids and I have been doing it several times a year, after a 3.5 hr flight, it is not the end of the world. All the Euros in LT do it after a 9h flight (sometimes more if they have connections). Taxis charge $160 ( spacious with Wifi on board) and there are guagua leaving the capital till 6 PM.

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    And not that much more time from POP

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    And not that much more time from POP
    Indeed, flew to/from POP in April. Stopped on the way to eat fried fish with rice tostones (can't recall the name of the place). I am starting to like the road to POP better, more things to look at. Of course, we went through your neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTSteve View Post
    I did that a year ago and got a response that it was not a profitable route which I think is a bs answer. If think the problem is the cost of fees charged by the company that runs the El Catey Airport. They have few flights coming in so they charge un-competitive rates to try to cover their costs. It would behoove the DR gov to work out a deal with an airline out of the NYC area to fly into El Catey. I can't understand why this is not a priority for their tourism minister in growing the business on the Samana Peninsula. The DR gov invests in the cost of building the airport but don't have an understanding on what airlines need to be able to fly into there. It is not that complicated to sit down with airline executives and find out what the problems are and fix them to make it as easy as possible for tourists to come. It is the same old story. These politicans don't want to be involved unless there is something in it for them. Very sad.
    If a flight can not mantain a percent of ocupation every schedule day become in a non profiable, bedsides that if there is not transporting goods that is an extra money that help to mantain the route, so dificult they resume the service.

    For Example. Aeromexico started service to SDQ 4 days a week in a plane with 99 seat, after 3 months they increased service to 5 days a week. Since that I started to search for the load factor of the route MEX-SDQ-MEX and has been betwwen 78% to 80%. Starting september they announced will start daily service to Mexico City using same plane with 99 seat E190. The route its been growing so probable early next year they will change to biger plane 737-700 if the route continue growing.

    All airlines works with the same book, it the route wasnt running like that its a sentence to death.

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    Right Riva

    I posted the nucleus of a JetBlue internal memo....it was just as you say.

    They use a $ per seat per mile calculation...or some variation.
    They were selling seats too cheaply in order to reach the load factor .
    Punta Cana absorbed the volume at higher $$....not brain surgery....

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