Late response, sorry. Yep, bunch of connecting traffic, but in 2019 a lot of those DFW to Europe flights consistently had open seats during most of the peak summer season. This year they’ve consistently filled all of them during most of the summer. The U.S. to Europe market for most of this summer likely exceeded 2019 levels of demand. But now school has restarted for many, demand starts to lull, and Heathrow isn’t having a good time, so loads are going down.
The inaugural JFK-BER tonight is going out almost full in Economy but not so much in Premium. Their reported overall load factors have been great for a point-to-point startup at 86% in July and 82% in June.
They’re also starting the connections with Spirit, Norwegian, and EasyJet, so that should help.
Definitely not accomplished. They canceled LAX-ORF/SAV/PVD a week before they were supposed to begin. They canceled other routes with short notice. They weren’t able to secure the necessary staffing and aircraft certification for when A220 flying began. The A220s that actually flew had consistent delays and cancelations. Transcontinental flying to Las Vegas was forced to swap from A220s to E190s and have stopovers in Oklahoma. It’s not that the routes weren’t performing well, they just couldn’t follow through with their expansion.