Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Competition for NWA on Memphis-New York Route

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

From CheapFlights.com: Look for new competition in the Memphis (MEM) to New York LaGuardia (LGA) market come December 13. Heretofore, Northwest Airlines has dominated the run. NW has a major domestic hub at MEM. Now comes word that American Airlines plans to loft what amounts to twice-daily nonstop service on the route beginning a few days before Christmas, just in time for the holiday crush.

Eagle will use a 37-passenger Embraer 135 regional jet on the route between the Home of the Blues and the City that Never Sleeps. Northwest employs full-size aircraft, while Continental Express connects Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Memphis via Embraer Regional Jets.

This is an "O&D" (origin and destination) run for American Eagle. Most passengers using the flight will be headed for New York itself, not looking to connect onward to other flights.

Of all three New York airports -- Kennedy, Newark, and LaGuardia -- it's the latter that specializes in origin and destination passage. — Cheapflights Ltd Jerry Chandler

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