Jshank83 wrote:ultrapig wrote:I find the endless talk about TATL flights from St. Louis very interesting. Sure alot of people fly go to London from St. Louis but obviously not a plane full a day. If you were to get a non-stop to LHR, CDG , DUB or FRT. most of the passengers would connect. That's one stop service to most of Europe but we already have one stop service to virtually all of Europe through ORD, EWR, JFK etc. Its just not a big deal. It would be a big deal if we had 300-500 people a day going to one of the big European cities but we don't.
Although I mostly agree with your point... We don't have flights to JFK, which cuts down on some of the one stop options. I went to Athens last year. There weren't any one stop options for when I wanted to go (since we don't have a JFK flight) so I went to AMS instead and took a side trip to Greece in the middle of it. Not saying we have a ton of people going to Greece every day (or month) but it would open up one stop options. My wife's company has a major office in southern France. They have to take two stops to get there, but it would be one if we had a TATL flight. I am sure there is some percent that would have 2 stops cut down to 1 to some secondary European cities. It wouldn't need to be a daily flight so if you did it 4x or 5x a week you could just compress some of those travelers into those days to help fill it.
For some people it wouldn't matter and they would continue to make their stop in the USA. At least coming back I would rather go thru customs in STL than I would New York, so that would be nice to have the TATL park from here instead of somewhere else. Is it the end of the world that we don't have a TATL flight, no, but it would be a good thing for the business community to have it and just for the cities profile in general.
WOW/Icelandair flights in my mind really don't do anything for us because they don't add any one stop cities. WOW was nice to have because it was cheap but logistically didn't add anything for the business community or cutting down airport time. If we are talking those two airlines then I entirely agree with you.
Inbev leases out space in NYC and puts their top North American guys there for a reason. It's too damn hard to get to STL from Brazil or Belgium.