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Govt stopped paying for the empty seats on the airlines, so they have no reason to continue to push their services here. Planes are half full. Not worth their while
American Airlines is dropping their Philadelphia flight also.
That has not been announced yet
What are the TA forms?
Why doesn't Southwest fly to Bermuda anymore?
TAs are expensive tourist killing fees,a visitor or resident has to pay to come to Bermuda !
Southwest has never served Bermuda though a link through their BWI hub sure would be nice.
TAs doing damage to tourism!
Money goes where it is welcomed.
TA forms and testing are a burden,especially if someone wants to take a last minute vacation or trip. Bermuda is directing all of its potential inflow of capital to the islands to our south and to the state of Florida.
There is a flow to the business of tourism, and it’s circular. You convert a percentage of the visitors of today into the long term repeat visitors of tomorrow. The sustained damage being done is catastrophic and we cannot reverse not being able to convert the future repeat visitors we have currently turned away.
We are now, and have been failing at the business of tourism. We aren’t meeting expectations, theirs or ours.
We’ve pretty much hit rock bottom in the tourism business. Why aren’t we seeing a complete strategy reversal? Why are the same players still around, why are we so complacent to allow bad actors to dominate this space? The whole tourism business, including the tourists that have turned away from us is screaming out for change.
Fewer planes and fewer ships coming this winter=
Bermudians out of work!
Yep. I really want to come back to the island for an anniversary / celebration but Bermuda is still enforcing non-sensical COVID restrictions.
Airlines are ending seasonal tourist driven service. Nothing to do with TAs and nothing new here. Some of the flights resume in November:December.
I’m 100% behind getting rid of the TAs, but tired of hearing it’s the blame for everything.
There’s more to airlines stopping a service than the TAs.
The RG needs reporters to do more than just spew out statements given to them, so we are aware of the facts behind the news reported.
We will have far fewer flight options in the off-season this year than we had in 2019. That is directly attributable to the TA.
Tourists and business travelers are simply not visiting Bermuda. I was on an American Airlines flight out of Philadelphia to Bermuda recently, in August during prime tourist season, and there must have been 15-20 empty seats. We can’t even fill the small number of flights that we have now.
Our visitor numbers are nearly half of 2019. Given that other parts of the world are booming, it is clear that our Covid restrictions are limiting the number of visitors. It is time to end all restrictions now so that Bermudians can get back to work.
Some of those empty seats may be attributable to the expense of flying at the height of the season during a time that people are cutting back on recreational spending. Bermuda is an expensive destination. There are 5 star resorts on other islands that offer more bang for the buck than what you get here staying at an equivalent property.
We had twice as many air passengers in 2019. We didn’t suddenly become too costly compared to other resorts.
The TA is keeping people away. It’s obvious.
All those variables contribute but it's still death by a thousand cuts. It really looks like the leadership on the island is hapless as it relates to tourism.
Phili flight is going to be canceled come December
Aa let me k ow this today as I was booked in jt
Burt and his TAs are forcing flights elsewhere!
At what point will it be viable to have our own ( owned by the BTA) Airline to fly to two gateway cities?
At no point.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean is booming. BTA/PLP ain't got a clue.
Skyport aren't worried. They will still get their guarantee. What a shame.
The PLP/BTA should get on their knees and beg Kevin Dallas to come back.
They don’t want a gay white man in charge
The TAs are partialy to blame but the fact is without the SP there are not enough top quality hotels to pull people to Bermuda, so load numbers drop and it is not as profitable to fly to Bermuda as other destinations. Until it opens, and that is probably two years off at best we will have the same issues.
I am just hoping Burt is delaying the SP construction start date to coincide with the PLP Delegates Conference!
The SP provides 25% of our hotel bed nights when open about 1,000 direct jobs and probably 3 or 4 times that in indirect employment. Wrong or right it has to be opened for tourism and air arrivals to thrive. Conventions and high end tourists do not come here to stay at Airbnb.
You have to bring the tourists first... There isnt even enough here now to fill the hotels that are open.. Bermuda is no longer a premium destination, and has been giving the tourists a 6 for a nine with the outrageous hotel prices ... And the nightlife is dead unless you want to get drunk at bars every night!
South Princess will not open as the TAs put paid to that!
All because of Burt's TAs!
All of Bermuda must suffer.
The Auditor General should should dig into where the $ 40 goes $ by $
directly and indirectly. Are any $s being warehoused .? !!
There is a public need to ensure ALL is abobe board.
The TA prevents online check-in before the flight and means that passengers to Bermuda need Check-in assistance at the airport to review the idiotic TA status. That is taxing in terms of customer service for Airlines and also very annoying for travellers who have to arrive at airports and wait in long lines so the meaningless document can be reviewed by staff who do not wish the extra work. This costs everyone more time and money, most importantly the airlines will take this into account when making flight schedule decisions. Right now, it costs them more to check-in a Bermuda bound passenger than any other. How is the Government so ignorant of this very simple fact?
That's a drop of 72 flights a month! The PLP needs to stop complaining about paying the minimum guarantee at the airport - the failure is in their development and management of the tourism industry!
Reduced flights and TA forms going to make it one long cold and very quiet winter.
This is catastrophic. The number of options to Bermuda are declining constantly - and the flights still have low load factor. No hotels means no tourists means no flights. And the PLP are just sitting fat and happy about it. Do they have any clue?
Everywhere else you fly the flights are sold out every time!
Shouldn't come as a surprise, airlines collectively announced earlier this month that they were cancelling or suspending close to 40,000 routes beginning next month with all expected to be in effect by November.