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From Buffalo to Bellingham, U.S. airports court Canadian fliers

Discussion in 'Airport News, Talk & Discussion' started by vegli, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. vegli

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    Plattsburgh International Airport in Upstate New York welcomes French Canadian customers with bilingual signage. (Photo: Plattsburgh International Airport)

    What did it take for a city the size of Buffalo to land its only nonstop route to California? A bunch of Canadians and cheap jet fuel.

    JetBlue announced last week that it would add non-stop service starting this June between Buffalo and Los Angeles, giving Buffalo its only regularly scheduled flight to the West Coast.

    One key to making it work, JetBlue says, is to lure Canadians across the border.

    It’s already happening on other flights at the airport. Bargain-seeking Canadian fliers accounted for at least a third of all passengers last year at Buffalo/Niagara International Airport, where fares can be dramatically cheaper than on flights for the same routes from Toronto – only about 100 miles away.

    JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., were on hand at a Buffalo airport press conference to announce the new flights last week , and each made a sales pitch to Canadian travelers. But it was Schumer, who frequently champions aviation in the state, who offered the most-direct plea.


    “We are telling Canada residents, when you want to fly to California, don’t do it out of Toronto," Schumer said. "Get in your car, take the short drive and fly here."

    Relying on customers from another country may sound unusual, but that’s how it works for Buffalo and other U.S. airports along the border with Canada.

    “That’s not a surprise,” Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority that operates both the Buffalo/Niagara and nearby Niagara Falls International airports, said about JetBlue's plan to help fill its L.A. flights with passengers from north of the border. “Canadians have been patronizing our airport for many years in great numbers."

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/trave...m-us-airports-court-canadian-fliers/79842960/
     
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    This is where the over-taxing Liberal Canadian Govt. is "Hosing" (screwing) Canadians. Even at a 30% monetary exchange deficit, Canadians can save a ton of money. THAT's how HIGH the taxes have become. Bahamian/Caribbean/Mexican Travel Pkgs are also being sold to Canadians from the airlines serving these US airports. On the Canadian Arrival destination front, Frequent American companies/business people and others traveling TO Canada, can also save a ton on Car rentals too. Totally counter productive Canadian over-taxing being proven out! Now that US airlines are slowly integrating service to Cuba, A long standing and exclusive vacation destination for Canadians and Canada's airlines, Canada will now experience a double hosing from both ends. Serves em right I say, EH!
     
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