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Leeds, Air Traffic, ILS & Navigation
I've noticed there are still some pilots requesting ATC clearance with Tower rather than Delivery and it's the usual offending airlines most of the time. I'm starting to suspect there are some pilots who simply can't be bothered with speaking to Delivery and hope Tower will provide. More often than not it's pointless as Tower dutifully redirects the pilots to the correct frequency !
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Leeds, Nostalgia - Thread
I think Wardair operated every summer from LBA to Toronto from 1985 until the end of the 80's, and all but one of their flights in that time were on a 747 and usually operated via Birmingham outbound, and inbound direct. The one time they used a DC10 it operated direct from LBA non stop. The Nationair and Odyssey International 757's took over the route after Wardair ceased operations, although I am unsure what year that was exactly, or in which order they appeared. The other operator that flew from LBA to Toronto for at least one summer season alongside the Wardair 747 around 1985 was Worldways Canada, using a L-1011 Tristar, although I cannot remember if this was direct or a split load or who they operated for, although I suspect it was Globespan., with Wardair at that time having their own brochures. I think it was likely that Globespan just picked up the route where Wardair left off, although I may be wrong given it is over 20 years ago now. If I had to choose, I would certainly go for busy over interesting. However, I do miss the variety we had in the 1980's, and it was all the more interesting because we had a constant procession of aircraft types and airlines that had never been seen at LBA before the runway extension opened on 4th November 1984. The list of airlines and aircraft types I have seen at LBA is endless - it is a real nostalgia trip looking through my photo albums! Perhaps we should start a list of airlines and aircraft types that have visited LBA in the past - and a similar list for other airports?
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Cardiff, Flybe - Thread
A couple of things I've picked up on from the article; Vince Hodder, Flybe’s chief strategy officer, said Flybe hoped to make further inroads into serving the 7.7 million people within a two hour drive of Cardiff Airport. I think this is the first time I've seen a figure like this mentioned, which shows the Airport and Airlines are branching out their target market. He said: "Ultimately, it comes down to the way the airport and Flybe work together to build routes. Working together, we can try different things and experiment." Whatever money the Airport can stump up whilst new routes are potentially loss making? He added: "We have already started planning for a fourth aircraft. It’s always nice to introduce a new aircraft at the start of the summer season. "That could be summer next year, or the year after. It depends how the market absorbs the capacity we are adding in this year." That's quite an announcement to make, obviously more to if this year is successful, but still not a confirmation that a 4th aircraft will happen. And most importantly; The airline will consider flights to fresh destinations in Germany, Italy, Spain and the rest of the UK, Hodder told Insider. I wouldn't be surprised if BE took over NCL and Eastern operated direct to ABZ. With T3 being a franchise of BE, I can't see the T3 pricing lasting with customers booking on BE's website. Technically it would be a fresh destination for BE if it's brought in house. I really can't see MAN working at all. There's an hourly train and with QR at CWL and LHR down the M4, I can't see what the attraction would be to fill a Q400 or E75 once or twice daily. FRA could work if MUC is currently working for them. It would really show BE taking on BMI at BRS. HAM or STR maybe? Spain is crying out for routes from CWL. Extra capacity on PMI, AGP and ALC, along with IBZ, MAH, VLC, MJV. There's also an open market for GIB since Monarchs demise. Also very surprised no mention of France. Positive news anyway! Still more to come for 2019 as far as i'm aware.
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Gatwick Airport - General Thread
Gatwick wins London Airport of the Year Airport’s £2.7 billion investment programme and North Terminal transformation recognised, while maintaining strong customer service Airline Moves project also cited after airport’s three biggest airlines seamlessly switch terminals over 72 hours Award is Gatwick’s third of this kind in recent months Gatwick won Airport of the Year at the London Transport Awards – the third such award in recent months – with the organisers praising Gatwick’s £2.7 billion investment programme and transformation of the North Terminal, while also maintaining strong customer service. The airport’s Airline Moves project was also cited after Gatwick’s three biggest airlines seamlessly switch terminals over a 72 hour period. The awards – presented by Valarie Shawcross, Deputy London Mayor for Transport - recognise transport excellence, innovation, strong customer service and the provision of first-class passenger facilities. Gatwick also picked up ‘Airport of the Year’ at the UK Transport Awards in October and was awarded ‘Best Airport’ by the Airport Operators Association – the airports’ trade body – in November. These were in addition to a range of other awards for IT innovation, sustainability, health and safety, security, retail provision and airfield management.
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Manchester Airport - Road, Rail & Access - Thread
BBC news: "Manchester Airport says it is scrapping its free "kiss and fly" drop-off lanes in order to ease traffic congestion. Unless they pay £3 to stop for five minutes outside the terminals, bus and train stations, from June their passengers will have to catch a free shuttle bus from about a mile away."
Is that what they call it? If so, it makes it sound as if the airport is going to charge people if they want to give a loved one a peck on the cheek before flying off. Goodness knows what the charge would be for something a bit more adventurous. Is Mr O'Leary watching events?
Registered Member: TheLocalYokel Continued...
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Heathrow Airport- General Thread
Heathrow and Airbus are celebrating the 10th anniversary of A380 operations at the airport, which began on March 18th 2008 with the arrival of the first A380 - a Singapore Airlines flight SQ308 from Singapore Changi airport, making Heathrow one of the first to welcome Airbus’ iconic double decker. Heathrow is now the world’s busiest A380 airport by number of A380 operators, serving 78 million passengers a year. Every day, some 50 A380 flights carry 10% of Heathrow’s daily passenger traffic on a choice of nine airlines* to reach 15 global destinations. Passenger traffic doubles every 15 years and the A380 is and remains the best solution for absorbing growth by using aircraft slots more efficiently; especially where airport capacity is limited. Like no other aircraft, the A380 unlocks growth in a comfortable and eco-friendly way. The A380 is also a good neighbour and won a UK noise abatement society award in recognition of its low noise operations, generating 50 per cent less noise energy on departure than its nearest competitor, as well as up to four times less when landing Simon Eastburn, Director of Airline Business Development at Heathrow said: “It’s been fantastic to see nine of our airlines welcome the Airbus A380 over the past decade. Ten years from first flight, this pioneering aircraft has helped us reduce noise and improve efficiency whilst supporting continued passenger demand for long haul routes. This is one of the most popular aircraft for many passengers so we look forward to celebrating this milestone with them.” To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Airbus and Heathrow will surprise passengers landing at Heathrow on select A380 flights from 18 to 28 March with A380 goodies. Ten lucky passengers will also receive VIP packs to continue their journey to London in style, including complimentary Porter service at the airport, Heathrow Express Business First tickets to Central London or WeKnowLondon Chauffeur Drive to winners’ chosen address, and a £250 WeKnowLondon voucher. To date, more than 200 million passengers have enjoyed the A380 experience.
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Cardiff, Qatar Airways - Thread
Marketing partnership agreement with Qatar Airways will raise Wales’ profile globally In anticipation of the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Cardiff in May 2018, a Marketing partnership agreement has been signed between Welsh Government and Qatar Airways which will increase Wales’ visibility in key markets as a holiday and business destination. The Qatar Airways service is Cardiff Airport’s first route into the Middle East, with 150 onward connections from Doha. Links to and from Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Japan will be the most significant markets for Wales’ tourism and business priorities. The two year agreement will see extensive activity in key markets to raise the awareness of routes into Cardiff Airport. This will include consumer marketing activity and travel trade engagement in the key markets of Australia, China, India and Japan. The announcement comes as Visit Wales, Qatar Airways and Cardiff Airport are on a travel trade mission in Australia and New Zealand to raise awareness of the new routes and what Wales has to offer visitors from Australia. During the past week, the team have met with more than 300 travel trade representatives in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland including appointments with influential travel trade representatives such as Flight Centre, Helloworld and Tempo Holidays. The focus has been on promoting our world-class products, activities, events and experiences during Year of the Sea 2018 – as well as The Wales Way – the new family of three national scenic touring routes which cross the country’s most epic landscapes as a way of showcasing Wales’ fascinating history, coastlines and attractions – and give overseas visitors the confidence and information to explore more of Wales.
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Edinburgh, Route Development - Thread
Direct route from Edinburgh to Beijing The first ever direct flights from Scotland to China will begin in June following an announcement in Beijing this morning. The ground-breaking announcement will see Hainan Airlines flights to Beijing Capital International Airport beginning from 12th June, flying 4 weekly on an Airbus A330-300. It’s part of an innovative flight model which links in three capital cities – Beijing, Edinburgh and Dublin. The route will fly from Beijing to Dublin and then onto Edinburgh and then back to Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays, flying to Edinburgh and then Dublin and then back to Beijing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It marks the successful culmination of Edinburgh Airport’s partnership working with colleagues in China to attract these routes to Scotland in a move which will benefit the country’s economy, culture and tourism. Chief Executive of Edinburgh, Gordon Dewar said: “This is a fantastic day for Edinburgh Airport and for Scotland as we connect Scotland and China for the first time. We are two countries steeped in history and rich in culture, offering new destinations for people from both countries to visit and explore. “Edinburgh is second only to London as the most popular UK destination for Chinese tourists, and we have worked incredibly hard with partners across the city and country to get to this point. “This is an incredibly exciting day for the airport, for the city and for the country. Tourism is one of our biggest economic drivers and still has masses of potential to unleash – let’s use this opportunity to drive it forward.”
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Heathrow Airport - General Thread
Heathrow’s cargo performance takes off in February Heathrow welcomed a record 5.4 million passengers in February, an increase of 2.4% on last year Emerging markets were a key source of growth with South Asia up 12.7% and Latin America up 6.5%, boosted by airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to Heathrow Domestic routes also grew strongly in February, up 3.6% as regional airline FlyBe carried an extra 17,000 passengers in the month Trade through the UK’s biggest port by value jumped by 5% in February on the back of growth in North American and East Asian markets, securing Heathrow’s 19th consecutive month of record cargo growth The record cargo performance is increasing the strain on Britain’s global trading infrastructure and underscores the need to expand Heathrow at pace. New analysis released in February revealed that six of Britain’s key trading routes, accounting for nearly 20% of the trade through Heathrow are already full – including Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda, Delhi, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Dubai Heathrow published its first Export Climate Index which tracks the health of the UK’s export economy. The new report revealed that UK exporters are in their strongest position since 2000 – a positive sign as the UK approaches the anniversary of article 50 being triggered
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Leeds, Flybe - Thread
I guess it is symptomatic of the negativity that constantly surrounds LBA and route development, and Flybe as an airline, that what appears to be a flight booking system glitch yesterday, leads to an assumption that the route to DUS is axed, with posts suggesting this as (almost) fact within hours. As I stated above, I did write to LBA management yesterday and had a reply today from Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director, confirming it was a system fault and the route is back on sale. He also confirmed that the route has done OK this winter. Personally, I think it is a little early to be criticising AMP Capital, the new owners of LBA, because of lost routes or flights LBAspotter. They have owned LBA for a very short time (6 months) and the routes lost were lost for reasons not of their making. It isn't their fault that the Yorkshire business users (for example) have failed to support the LHR route sufficiently to persuade BA to either maintain the current schedule, or to base an aircraft here. From 2012 to 2017, Bridgepoint failed to get them to base overnight - 5 whole years - and throughout the last 3 years, the route has seen a gradual reduction in flights, clearly heading towards either the loss of the route altogether or a reduction in schedules. Hardly the fault of our new owners who had barely got their foot in the door when BA made this decision. Neither was the loss of the Glasgow route of their making - it was a crazy decision made simply to 'go to war' with Flybe on other routes - a plan that failed - and as for Ryanair and Flybe, both have periodically dropped routes in the past or reduced the number of flights for whatever reason - either lack of demand or the option of using aircraft on more profitable routes.
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Birmingham, Jet2 - thread
Greece is the word at Birmingham Airport thanks to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays In response to the huge customer demand at Birmingham Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has today added more flights and holidays for the peak summer season, with a major focus on Greece which includes the addition of a new route to Corfu. As the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist approaches its first anniversary at Birmingham Airport, it is today adding over 9,000 departing seats between July and September, including more than 7,500 seats to Greece. This takes the company’s capacity at its newest base to well over 1.2 million seats this Summer, more than double the capacity last summer. The additional flights and holidays announced today include a brand new route to Corfu, with the introduction of a weekly Saturday service giving local holidaymakers the chance to get away to this fabulous island, which features secret coves, olive-strewn hills and fantastic beach resorts such as Sidari, Kavos and Barbati. The addition of Corfu now gives local people a choice of 34 top sun and city destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. The popularity of Greece means the company is also adding two weekend services (Saturday and Sundays) during the peak summer season to Rhodes, meaning it will now operate four weekly services to this picturesque island, which offers sandy beaches, medieval towns and buzzing nightlife. The company is also putting on an additional Friday service to Crete (now four weekly services during the peak summer season) and is upping the Zante, with the introduction of a weekly Monday service to Zante, meaning three weekly services from July to September. Alongside this Greek expansion, local holidaymakers now have a bigger choice Menorca flights, thanks to addition of a weekly Sunday service. This means four weekly services to the popular island, again providing more choice and flexible durations.
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Bristol , Thomas Cook- Thread
Enfidha seems likely. TUI resumes Enfidha from BRS in May this year so, unless further problems beset Tunisia, I'd have thought TCX would be looking to return to the market from more UK airports in summer 19. Banjul was only a winter route from BRS. It ceased to operate around 2005/2006. First Choice used their own 757s on it for a while, usually 1 x weekly. Astraeus then replaced the First Choice 757s with 737-700s (whether for First Choice I'm not sure - I only have partial records for that period) and one winter operated 2 x weekly. Towards the end of the route's life, probably the last season, a Hamburg Airline (Hamburg International?) also operated the route but again I'm not sure for whom or whether they were the sole carrier that winter. I have a vague recollection there were two carriers that winter. I've got no record of Thomas Cook or its predecessors being involved from BRS to The Gambia but that's not to say with one hundred per cent conviction that they never were.
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(from left to right): Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE, Councillor Brigid Jones, Anastasjia Visnakova, Chief Commercial Officer of Primera Air and Tim Clarke, Chairman of Birmingham Airport
Birmingham, Primera - Thread
Primera Air Prepares for Take Off from the Midlands Just two months away from launching its new base in Birmingham, Primera Air has been given a warm welcome by the Midlands’ business community Birmingham Airport’s newest carrier will launch direct low-cost services to New York, Toronto, Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and Crete, from May. It has also announced that 50 jobs have already been created in flight crew and operational positions and the airline plans to keep expanding from Birmingham. Speaking at a business event today (27/2/18) Anastasija Visnakova, Chief Commercial Officer, for Primera Air, said, “We are proud and excited to place Birmingham on our route map for 2018. With two transatlantic and four short-haul destinations we are opening our operations here and looking forward to further development of this Primera Air base. “This is an important first step for us and significant development for Birmingham Airport and region. With the technology that our brand new fleet offers expensive transatlantic travel becomes a thing of history”. The carrier will operate brand new Airbus A321 Neos, configured with 16 premium economy seats and 182 economy seats. These new-generation fuel-efficient aircraft are allowing airlines like Primera to fly on routes usually only accessed by wide-body jets, serving customers with low cost fares but a high-quality product and service. Passengers can also use Wi-Fi on board and the aircraft has full charging facilities for their devices. There is much demand for transatlantic services from Birmingham. In the last year, the West Midlands exported £6.2bn worth of goods to the USA, second only behind the South East, and exported £778.5m to Canada, the highest of any region in the UK. Chairman of Birmingham Airport, Tim Clarke, said, “Primera has seen the enormous opportunities available in the Midlands thanks to its strong trading and cultural links with the US and Canada, and the leisure travellers’ desire to escape to warmer Mediterranean climes. “Primera is able to offer low fares due to its brand new fuel efficient Airbus A321 Neos which means that these services are accessible to all pockets - whether travelling on holiday, visiting loved ones or flying for business.”
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