mistergutierrez wrote:Air Transat also flights to Europe from Toronto. They increase the frequency during summer. Last summer we flew to Lisbon for $550 return!!!
This connection is great for Omaha.
The flight is still going to work for very few Air Transat connections. If you get a flight to say Paris or Venice on Air Transat that is a late evening departure, the laws of time mean that plane on the return flight isn't going to be in Toronto on-time for the 2:30 flight to Omaha. The only reason that Air Canada to London and Frankfurt works is that Air Canada is flying multiple daily flights on the route. Heading to Europe you'd take the last late night departure. Coming back you'd take the return flight of an earlier evening departure from Toronto and hence an early morning departure out of London.
Given that Air Transat flies a varied schedule i.e. they may not fly to Venice more than twice a week or may not fly to Paris daily and when they do it isn't always at the same time, some connections may be possible. There still may be some value opportunities if you are willing to spend a night in Toronto or add an extra connection in O'Hare on the way back too. But strictly speaking for Europe connections, the AC flight like I said isn't timed well.
jjjjhskr wrote:2. DCA/Reagan National, Omaha has wanted this service for a long time I I'd be surprised if it didn't happen soon
Omaha has daily flights to DCA on two different airlines and has fairly regular service for years.
buildomaha wrote:If the demand is high enough would there ever be any more international destinations like Cancun and would this require an upgrade of Customs? Also are there already plans to upgrade customs once that 5 mil is hit or were international flights never expected at Eppley?
Yes. Omaha would need a FIS customs and immigration facility to process commercial flights. Toronto does not require this due to CBP pre-clearance at Toronto. I haven't seen anything about an FIS facility in the expansion plans, but hopefully it is there or at least the terminal reconstruction is set-up in such a way that a facility could be added in the future.
Padre wrote:Actually, there are international flights to Eppley now. UPS runs a daily cargo flight from Winnipeg. How that changes customs with passenger flights, I have no idea.
UPS hasn't run that flight in a while, and the process is completely different for commercial flights than cargo or small private/general aviation aircraft, both of which Eppley can currently handle.