tomaheath wrote:In regards to MHT I believe just some simple advertising would help. Some colleagues of mine didn't know that there was nonstop flights to Florida just the other day I was telling someone that they could fly nonstop to Tampa to see a pats game. I also traveled to FRA via DTW from Manchester and I had to try and explain to people how I could travel internationally from Manchester not everyone understands how airlines operate.
And whose job is it to promote the airport for the public?
I just want to clarify one thing. I'm not debating why passenger numbers dropped so radically at MHT back in the mid 2000's. Every airport in NE had a big drop around that time. What I'm debating is why in 2016 it was still dropping, especially when nearby at BOS it's growing like crazy. So much for "a rising tide lifts all boats".
More than B6 or WN or the Big Dig, I think this thing called the Internet opened a lot of people's eyes. Until then people just blindly believed that flying from MHT on WN was cheaper than going to BOS. There are people today that still believe that WN=cheap fares just like there are people who believe that B6=cheap fares, and don't bother to shop around. Back then there were tons of adds on the radio and TV and newspapers about MHT having low fares and a lot of people didn't even bother to check BOS. Then all of these Internet travel sites started popping up and almost overnight the public found out that they could save hundreds of $$$ just by spending an extra hour in their car to get to BOS, and MHT's advantage evaporated.
Personally I think that Low Cost TATL would have been the shot in the arm that MHT needs and they've had 10 years to prepare for that but have done absolutely nothing. It's crazy to think that PSM, an airport with 1 single gate and not MHT, was in consideration for a DY base. That alone shows how inadequately prepared they are to attract new business.
adamh8297 wrote:I'm wondering if BOS-ATH is now bigger than BOS-BCN. I think its DY or bust for a potential BOS-ATH route and they haven't appeared to consider long-haul from ATH as of now.
I can't imagine that TK hasn't already become the defacto carrier of Greece and are taking a big chunk of these passengers. They fly a 77W on the short hop between IST and ATH and their cheap fares are pretty hard to beat.