Presentation has finished at 1:00pm, what a great presentation about our airport, and the potential for our airport to grow.
Our airport director talked a lot about our airport, and how many of us New Hampshirites take Boston instead of Manchester.
Ted Kitchens (on the podium) talks about our airport’s current issues facing the airport today.
The amount of frequency of Non-Stop flights, Daily seats, and Average Fare out MHT
Carrier Market Share out of Manchester, NH. Notice that Southwest serves the most out of MHT
MHT serves these cities with One Stop
under 90 minutes
MHT serves these International destinations One Stop
with a stop under 90 minutes
These charts show similar airports on how they’re stoping leakage of travelers that fly out of other airports (like COS and DEN).
More seats are being filled, which means we might get more Mainline aircraft into MHT.
Q and A
We asked a lot of questions, so i thought I’d share some here
Q: Why did Southwest not return Seasonal service from FLL to MHT?
A: The Airline did not give the airport enough time or notice that FLL was returning. Thus, the route wasn’t advertised a lot. They did not coordinate with the airport when they began FLL again.
Q: Have you considered International service? Have you spoken to a couple of International a carriers?
A: We have thought of serving airports that have Pre-clearance, like Toronto-Pearson in Canada. We have spoken to a number of Canadian airlines. Air Canada did not want to serve us since they serve Boston, and we have spoken to Porter, and they’re trying to get Billy Bishop as a Pre-Clearence airport, which might possibly bring them here. We have seen airlines such as EasyJet purchase the A321neo. If they decide to purchase the A321LR, we could possibly see them as an option for Manchester.
Q: Why do we not have service to places like Denver or Las Vegas? We don’t have any cities in which is easier for us to connect to the west coast.
A: A lot has to do with scheduling. Southwest, for example, could use that plane that would fly DEN-MHT for 5hrs, and use that on smaller routes and make the same amount. We have spoken to Frontier, United, and Southwest to see if they can bring in Denver.
Q: Delta has recently cut their sole Atlanta flight for January to March this year, why can’t they just add more frequency to ATL?
A: We have asked Delta to switch out their MD88 a couple of times since it’s very inefficient and uses a lot of runway, when they could use the Airbus A320 or newer airplane to serve that route. We have also asked if they could simply just do ATL x2 CRJ900 Daily, but they are more focused on their Boston Hub. They are sending us an A320 for the summer, but for some reason is reverting back to the MD88 in the winter.
Q: Why did Delta Stop Mainline to Detroit?
A: That is a good question that I never knew about, I’ll look into it deeper and ask the airline about it.
Q: Will Delta increase their LaGuardia route now that they’re the only ones flying to New York?
A: that is very hard to answer. We are holding on to the only LGA route we have, and we are close to losing LaGuardia as a whole. We have also asked Delta if they could possibly switch their LGA service to JFK, since most people connect out of LGA.
Q: Could Manchester service an aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner?
A: Yes, if we close a nearby gate temporarily for when the aircraft is at a gate, we can fit that airplane into the terminal. We can service airplanes up to the Boeing 747.
Q: Any new airlines in the horizon?
A: We could see Moxy Airlines come to Manchester. Since New Englanders love the drink Moxy, we could show them that we want them here as a new airline serving a new route.
Q: What will you do with the current Cellphone lot? It’s never in use.
A: We have thought about moving it to where UPS is, and move them to the not used Parking Lot F, where they could have more space to expand should Boston reach capacity.
Q: Could we possibly see anything other that the current A320 by Delta and 737-800 by Southwest? Maybe the A220?
A: It all depends on how many seats are filled. Delta has requested that we have a towbar for the Airbus 220, but they are using them down in Boston, when instead they could be using it in smaller communities like Manchester. The seating is Perfect for our airport for Atlanta and Detroit, so we could possibly see different equipment if they need them on a route to Manchester.
Q: United only has one route to Dulles. Is there a chance we could see more from them?
A: While we would love to have more service from UA, they want to make IAD work first before they could decide on a new route. I don’t think we’ll see United bring back O’Hare since American is starting that on June 7th. We have talked to them about service to Denver, at least 1x daily. We will just have to wait and see.
These are just some of the questions asked by the community. Our airport seems to be in good hands with our new airport director. Hopefully we’ll see some new things come to Manchester, NH.
If You have any questions, please let me know, and I’ll try and answer them the best I can :)