Yahnih wrote:Considering all the international expansion flights..what I've seen in this thread is that the expansion would only include 3 widebody gates, 3 narrowbody. Isn't that a bit too small? Or how would that work, if SAN continues to receive more flights. Is there room to adjust the gates? In a recent conversation with one of the airport planning managers, I received photos where it shows that it is capable of 5 widebody, but in a previous image on this thread I only saw the 3 as stated above. ( Same from this link http://www.lajollalight.com/news/sd-air ... story.html )
Some of the drawings I've seen show that a fourth widebody could easily be docked at gates 49 & 50 but that eliminates 2 narrowbody positions. So there is definitely some flexibility in the new FIS gate arrangement. They do have to keep space for the Mexico arrivals (narrowbodies); those arrivals are sort of clumped together in the late afternoon too. And don't forget, there are other gates in T2W that can accommodate widebodies. For example, JAL could arrive at gate 51, unload pax, then be towed to another gate in the terminal for its departure, freeing up gate 51 for another int'l arrival. (Of course the same strategy also applies to the narrowbodies since an AS flight from Cabo can probably unload its arriving pax/baggage in ~:20, then be towed elsewhere for the a/c's departure, freeing up the gate for another int'l arrival.)
Interestingly, at yesterday's SDCRAA monthly board meeting, Hampton made a "guest appearance" explaining how scheduling can help in gate usage. He and his team are working with LH and WK -- both part of the same group -- trying to get WK's flights next year to coincide with LH's 5-day/wk sked -- WK will hopefully fly to SAN on the 2 days that LH doesn't. (Of course as soon as LH goes daily...) As much as is possible, SDIA will get the most efficient use out of their 6 FIS gates!
Nobody realistically expects SAN to become another LA or SFO so the number of FIS-accessible gates should take care of our needs for a good while. And there's also the potential for remote hardstands close by just in case excess arrivals might happen occasionally.
Yahnih wrote:I personally would love to see Korean Air, as we have a huge population of Koreans in San Diego and it would be nice to bring in a major SkyTeam Intl Carrier. Granted Tijuana is most likely going to get China, I think we'll be good with KE, especially with the recent joint venture. What do you guys think of Air France in San Diego? I think Norweigian is what I've been hearing as well that may be coming soon. I do foresee Thomas Cook replacing Condor.
KE has been discussed as a good possibility for a second Asia flight, as has some sort of China service. Regarding SkyTeam, another Euro connection is certainly possible from that alliance (such as KLM/AF); it is nice to see that the Star alliance is now represented internationally by LH. I wouldn't be surprised to see DY start up in SAN -- they seem to be setting up shop everywhere in the US these days! It seems that SAN could easily end up with 5 or 6 Euro carriers, a combination of major alliance members with large hub ops, along with some leisure and low-cost travel company-type cx. Who'da thunk it possible!?
I can also see 2-3 Asian routes eventually, and don't forget that Hampton and his team are continuing to work hard to get some level of service to Latin America!
Yahnih wrote:I'm curious, does anyone know if the flight crews switch off and stay in San Diego for all those international flights? I know most of the intl airlines only have a 2 hour switcharound time. Like JAL, BA, Edelweiss (twice weekly) etc.
I remember when BA announced SAN years ago, there was mention that their flight crews were excited about having layovers here. I have no idea what the situation is now but all those BA and JL crews must get at least an overnight in San Diego. For those cx with only a couple of flights a week, such as WK and DE, I expect they deadhead up to LA or SF to work a return flight to their homebase?