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Michael Matos • 3 months ago

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.

Izzypop • 3 months ago

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

Izzypop • 3 months ago

Sky port.
American Airlines is dropping their Philadelphia flight also.
That has not been announced yet

Bill Ernst • 3 months ago

What are the TA forms?
Why doesn't Southwest fly to Bermuda anymore?

Tiredofignorance • 3 months ago

TAs are expensive tourist killing fees,a visitor or resident has to pay to come to Bermuda !

Triangle Drifter • 3 months ago

Southwest has never served Bermuda though a link through their BWI hub sure would be nice.

Tiredofignorance • 3 months ago

TAs doing damage to tourism!

Sir Percy • 3 months ago

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.

Tiredofignorance • 3 months ago

Fewer planes and fewer ships coming this winter=
Bermudians out of work!
30-6

Brian Fog • 3 months ago

I’m going to book a $20k Bermuda vacation for my family that all hinges on a Covid test two days before departure, NOT!

I’ll go elsewhere, thank you.

Winston • 3 months ago

Yep. I really want to come back to the island for an anniversary / celebration but Bermuda is still enforcing non-sensical COVID restrictions.

Brian Fog • 3 months ago

Our ridiculous border restrictions will affect tourism years down the road. Most people planning weddings and group celebrations in Bermuda do so a year in advance. We are essentially losing business for 2023 and 2024. We are losing all this business to smart countries who know the importance of tourism. Their gain is Bermuda’s loss. Organizing group activities to a country with Covid test restrictions can be disastrous.

chateau le roof • 3 months ago

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.

Another Voice • 3 months ago

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.

chateau le roof • 3 months ago

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.

Another Voice • 3 months ago

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.

Winston • 3 months ago

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.

Izzypop • 3 months ago

Phili flight is going to be canceled come December
Aa let me k ow this today as I was booked in jt

Brian Fog • 3 months ago

If we had more tourists wanting to come here they would be putting on more flights. Bermuda could almost be a year round destination.
Potential visitors are not booking Bermuda because of the TA and border restrictions.

Tiredofignorance • 3 months ago

Burt and his TAs are forcing flights elsewhere!

ThorVeb • 3 months ago

There’s the airline vote right there. Fewer flights. Fewer passengers. Great job BTA. Great job plp.

cromwell • 3 months ago

At what point will it be viable to have our own ( owned by the BTA) Airline to fly to two gateway cities?

WarwickBoy • 3 months ago

At no point.

Resident • 3 months ago

Meanwhile, the Caribbean is booming. BTA/PLP ain't got a clue.

The Green Door • 3 months ago

Skyport aren't worried. They will still get their guarantee. What a shame.

Resident • 3 months ago

The PLP/BTA should get on their knees and beg Kevin Dallas to come back.

Dumbfounded • 3 months ago

They don’t want a gay white man in charge

Brian Fog • 3 months ago

Burt and his TA is costing this island dearly. So sad nobody in the PLP can stand up against this. What a complete waste of space you all are.

Stan • 3 months ago

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!

Guest • 3 months ago
JB • 3 months ago

NO

Brian Fog • 3 months ago

I think we would have more Airbnb coming online if you scrap the TA and fully open up. Until this is done I think would-be Airbnb vacation rentals are going to continue long term rentals to workers/residents. People are looking for stability. Air arrivals are not stable. Burt is killing a tourism recovery with his TA and other border restrictions.

Stan • 3 months ago

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.

ThorVeb • 3 months ago

1000 direct jobs? Not even the plp touted that number.

JB • 3 months ago

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!

Brian Fog • 3 months ago

I agree. But I doubt it will open until 2024 at the earliest. Maybe we should have a bed tax for these hotels that sit dormant like SP and Elbow. Maybe that would be the incentive they need.

Tiredofignorance • 3 months ago

South Princess will not open as the TAs put paid to that!

Tiredofignorance • 3 months ago

All because of Burt's TAs!
All of Bermuda must suffer.

Guest • 3 months ago
JET BLACK • 3 months ago

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.

Bermyman • 3 months ago

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?

Fresh Air • 3 months ago

EXACTLY

Fresh Air • 3 months ago

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!

Sir Percy • 3 months ago

Reduced flights and TA forms going to make it one long cold and very quiet winter.

Fresh Air • 3 months ago

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!