Three New Flights Added to NH Airport

Apr 03, 2013 No Comments by

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is welcoming three new permanent flights this spring through Delta and US Airways. These flights are not just the usual seasonal adjustments for summer flights, which are coming, said Mark Brewer, Airport Director at MHT, and include destinations like Virginia, New York, and North Carolina.

“We are very excited about our new flights, and are encouraged that hard work and perseverance is starting to pay dividends,” said Brewer. “We’ve been working for quite a while with Delta, US Airways, Southwest, United and others (YES, jetBlue!) trying to recapture seat capacity lost during the past few years.”

In March, Delta added a fourth daily roundtrip flight to New York-LaGuardia, and in April US Airways will add a fourth daily roundtrip flight to Washington National and a second daily roundtrip flight to their largest hub in Charlotte, NC.

In this current environment of economic uncertainty, high fuel prices and airline industry consolidations, regional airports like Manchester need to work even harder to sell their business case to airlines when aggressively pursuing larger aircraft, additional flights and new destinations. There are four hundred and thirty-nine commercial service airports across the country and almost every one of them is actively vying for dwindling airline/aircraft resources. Airlines are constantly evaluating the many routes they serve, eliminating their least profitable flights and reassigning those aircraft to new markets.

“I truly believe that New Hampshire has been presented with a real opportunity to show the airlines that this State not only wants more flights, but that it can support more flights,” Brewer stated. In 2012, MHT had the highest load factor, or percentage of aircraft seats filled, in the region at 88%. “We are committed to help make these new flights, as well as our other existing flights, successful. We are keeping our costs to airlines affordable, maintaining our facilities and infrastructure to ensure safe and efficient operations, and marketing the airport to air travelers across the region and beyond. We’re hopeful that all of New Hampshire’s citizens will join us in supporting these new flights,” he added.

Currently, MHT has approximately fifty daily departures to sixteen nonstop destinations, with convenient one-stop connections to the world. Developing and maintaining strong demand motivates airlines to add more flights, bring in larger aircraft, and begin service to new destinations. “We understand that travel decisions are often complex and don’t always fall our way. Sometimes flight schedules or airfare specials on an airline not operating at MHT encourages the use of another airport; we get it. However, as YOUR airport, we ask that you consider Manchester, and research flight opportunities out of Manchester, before making your air travel decision. I am confident that if you plan ahead and have a little flexibility, you will find a flight out of MHT that meet your needs. As always, we appreciate your business.”

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is an important economic engine for New Hampshire; creating jobs, facilitating commerce and providing access to the global marketplace. The airport now contributes approximately one billion dollars each year to the State’s economy in the form of annual payroll, local taxes, and out-of-state-passenger expenditures.

“Let’s show the airlines that New Hampshire deserves these new flights. Fly MHT!” added Brewer.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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