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Airline Review, Ryanair, Faro - Liverpool John Lennon
Travelled on this service on 05 Feb, boarded using rear steps, with seats 32A and B. The aircraft is one of the newer version 737-800s which is much brighter with a wider feel. At least some of the crew were Faro based but all were very good, and you could tell they were getting on well together. The flight was full, and this was my first time on Ryanair with their new luggage policy, we only had rucksacks so was no bother to us, other pull along bags were collected just prior to boarding. It seemed to work as we pushed back early, there were four other Ryanair aircraft on the apron as we left. I have to say I have no complaints with this flight, crew were good, flight smooth, food service was efficient with no announcement that they had run out of anything. We left bright sunshine, and towards end of the flight descended into cloud and UK weather ! We landed 25 minutes early, through the terminal building fast and was home in 30 min's from landing.
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Flight Reviews: Loganair Manchester - Norwich
Travelled on Loganairs service up to Manchester from Norwich on 11 Jan. I've flown this route for many years , firstly on Eastern then Flybe , then Flybe operated by LM now Loganair in its own right with a BA codeshare flight number. My flight was LM 575 it was easy to check in at Norwich, a Tui fight to Tenerife had already been processed so the check in area was quiet there was however many helicopter rig passengers around. With only 5 passengers we were off on our way v fast. Free drink and biscuit was offered on board. A nice touch wasthe tartan head rest. Fight was smooth, I quite like the Dornier 328. 3 pax got off at Manchester and 2 stopped on for Glasgow. Flight was barely 40 mins....much easier than train or car, and I was glad we got off when we did with f0g drawing in at NWI.
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Gatwick, CAA Provisional Stats - Thread
London Gatwick ended 2017 with its busiest December on record, as 3.2 million passengers travelled through the airport during the festive month, an increase of 1.5% year-on-year. 45.6 million passengers used the airport in 2017, +5.2% on 2016. After a year of continued booming growth in Gatwick’s long-haul connections, with new routes including Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle and Denver, December saw a 16% year-on-year rise in passengers travelling long-haul. The airport’s long-haul network grew to 63 connections in 2017, and Gatwick welcomed 7.3 million long-haul passengers across the year – an increase of almost one million compared with 2016. Oakland, San Francisco proved to be the long-haul destination with the biggest growth at Gatwick in December, as the number of passengers travelling there increased by 97% on the previous year. The airport’s Asia routes also continued their significant growth with Hong Kong +62% and Tianjin +41.7% in December. A new China Airlines service to Taipei joined Gatwick’s burgeoning Asia route network at the start of the month. Meanwhile, Gatwick’s growing global connectivity continues to drive a surge in the volume of cargo handled by the airport – tonnage was up 33.6% in December.
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Liverpool , CAA Provisional Statistics - Thread
2017 was another successful year for Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and the cause for a double celebration with the latest figures showing an increase in passenger throughput and Liverpool achieving one of the industry’s best scheduled flight punctuality records. Last year some 4.95 million passengers used the Airport, with over 125,000 more passengers choosing to use Liverpool - an increase of almost 3%, compared to 2016 and the Airport’s highest annual figures since 2011. In addition, the Punctuality League - a report published by OAG, the world’s leading air travel intelligence company, shows that Liverpool has the 7th best record in the world for scheduled flight on time performance when compared to airports of a similar size. When compared to airports of all sizes across the world, LJLA was placed 13th overall. This is great news for the growing numbers of passengers who choose to fly from Liverpool, reassured to know that whilst the Airport becomes busier it has been able to ensure that as many flights as possible continue to operate on time.
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Liverpool, CAA Provisional Stats - Thread
Similar to the discussion in the Manchester General Thread, Liverpool is in the shadows of Manchester airport and unless there are signs of significant room for expansion into other northern regions I can't see any of the major carriers venturing into other regions. It's a similar predicament for all the northern airports. Liverpool can still expand and capture a wider market by targeting airlines that don't serve Manchester. They have already started doing this with the likes of Air Blue. If alternative airlines can make a success of it the big players just might take note and look at other departure points.
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Longhaul from Bristol
I think there is no clear consensus amongst the 'experts' about this from what I've read. The snag is that, although an aircraft type might be physically capable of using the BRS runway even without load penalty, airlines have different policies about runway length and other matters. A glance at the current master plan published in 2006 shows that the airport was over-optimistc in its view of what the new generation of aircraft (notably the 787 and 350) would bring to BRS in terms of long-haul routes. Its passenger number projections for the next ten years turned out to be very accurate in terms of overall numbers, but when they are broken down into sectors the long-haul numbers are considerably higher than those that transpired. In 2006 the airport forecast that by 2015 it would be handling 8.076 mppa (it was actually 6.781 mppa). However, its projection for 2020 was 9.271 mppa, which is actually likely to be above that. As a comparison CWL's 2006 master plan projected around 4.5 mppa by 2015 and EXT's up to 1.9 mppa by 2015. BRS long haul projections were not as accurate: 157,000 scheduled long haul in 2015, surprisingly dropping to 134,000 in 2020 but rising to 234,000 in 2025; long haul charter projections were 178,000 in 2016, 232,000 in 2020 and 303,000 in 2025.
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London Gatwick - General Thread
Gatwick is the world’s first major airport to introduce a cloud-based Flight Information Display System (FIDS) – an innovative, cost effective system that is easily scalable, more flexible and resilient, and requires considerably less infrastructure and maintenance. Legacy FID systems require software to be loaded on a separate PC behind the screen to run them – whereas the airport’s 1,200 cloud-based screens now connect via a web browser from any operating system. This takes up only 3Mbps of bandwidth – so the new real-time system is extremely fast and responsive to updates - which is key in times of disruption. The new system – VisionAir – can also run natively on smart TVs – saving on infrastructure and maintenance costs, and demand on engineers’ time.
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Hainan Airlines - Thread
Manchester Airport let the dogs out as it surprised passengers arriving from Beijing as they waited for their baggage as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations. Passengers travelling on the direct flight from Beijing got a treat when their baggage came around on the carousel – with a cuddly toy dog. More than 250 stuffed toys were given out to passengers to mark The Year of the Dog. The dogs proved hugely popular with passengers, as they filmed them on the carousel and took selfies with the toys. A Chinese Lion dancer was also on hand to help with the celebrations. A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “What better way to see in The Year of the Dog than by giving our Chinese passengers their very own cuddly toy dog upon arrival to the UK’s global gateway in the North. We’ve had direct routes to China since 2014 and each year our Chinese New Year celebrations get bigger and bigger. We’d like to thank all our passengers for flying through Manchester and wish them a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.” The surprise was part of Manchester Airport’s Chinese New Year Celebrations as it marks being the only airport outside of London to have direct flights to Beijing and Hong Kong. The airport has been transformed with Chinese lanterns and all week passengers have been surprised with the airport choir singing, and a Chinese dance flash mob. Manchester Airport is also sponsoring Pugfest on Sunday 25 February at Tribeca on Sackvill Street. Pugfest will see Chinese entertainment and activities including the Grand Pug Dog Show, Chinese themed food and drinks, a Chinese fortune teller for both humans and pugs and calligraphy and Chinese lantern workshops.
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Airline Review: Jet2 LBA-FUE-LBA - Thread
Booked the meet and greet parking which was well organised, the rate is considerably lower in the winter months than the summer and LBA were also doing new year E vouchers so got it for £52 for 8 days. The process of handover was efficient and on a freezing morning it was nice getting straight into the terminal. The much discussed Check in hall B work was in evidence with luggage being wheeled behind the scenes by jet2 staff rather than using the belts. no queue at check in and maybe a 3/4 minute wait at security. As is often the case Jet2 call the flights 45 minutes before departure and we were ready on the dot - there were 27 spare seats on the outward and we were lucky enough to have an exit row between 2. Service form Jet 2 exactly what you expect. Returning on LS250 yesterday we returned on the newest addition to the fleet which arrived last week - its second commercial flight and it was pristine - the only thing noticeable was all the grit on the door mats which was a sign of the temperatures to come. The flight was almost full - 3 spare seats. Lovely plane to fly in - we had 3 officers on the flight deck as it was still being monitored post delivery - love the mood lighting and she was quieter than the outbound aircraft.
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Manchester: CAA Provisional Statistics - Thread
As the winter months continue, Manchester Airport is edging closer to breaking the 28m passenger number for the first time in its history. The UK’s third biggest airport saw its annual rolling total hit 27,790,196 in January, which represents like-for-like year-on-year growth of 7.45%. More than 1.6m people passed through the UK’s global gateway in the North during the month, which was broadly flat on 2017. The demise of Monarch late last year offset increased passenger volumes delivered by other airlines, though a series of announcements paint a positive picture ahead of the Summer season. Jet.2com is picking up some of the capacity and will therefore split its operations between its current base in Terminal One and Terminal Two. It will see Jet2.com flights to Lanzarote, Majorca, Tenerife and Malaga using Terminal Two from early April. Last month Ryanair also announced a $300m investment at Manchester Airport by basing an additional three aircraft at the UK’s global gateway in the North, which will also see the airline deliver ten additional destinations. TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines have also added capacity for the summer season. Positive dialogue continues with a number of other airlines about filling the remaining slots vacated by Monarch. Looking further ahead, the airport is gearing up for the launch of a new service to Seattle, with Thomas Cook Airlines, and the return of popular direct routes to San Francisco and Boston.
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Leeds, Ryanair - Thread
I have absolutely no problem in the way Ryanair charge you for anything and everything as that allows you to package together exactly what you want and means the airline themselves aren't as worried for example about whether someone is going to turn up with a checked in bag on the day that they didn't know about. It helps them with their overall costs and preparation. Rewind 18 months or so when Ryanair were at that point trying to ban the travel trade from adding fees when selling their products. The TMCs have to make money just as an airline does so why was, and I repeat was, it right for Ryanair to charge for their extra services but a TMC couldn't - it wasn't. Several years ago Easyjet took a lead and realised just how important the Travel Trade are to help sell their product, something Ryanair realised too about 18 months ago. So yes by all means sell it cheap, but don't then make it difficult to market and sell your product. The business community particularly still want their travel organised by a TMC and Business Travel is the lucrative part of the industry compared to the vast majority of the leisure. It is no coincidence in my eyes that as Ryanair embraced the trade then their overall reputation has improved at the same time.
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Industry Forum, Can Terminal Rivalry Work - Thread
An operator would be a company responsible for the terminal and it's operations. Each terminal would have a different operator with it's own airline charges. I imagine if it was implemented each terminal would need to pay fees to whoever was left responsible for the operation of the runway(s). It sounds awfully complicated.
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Melbourne Airport (MEL) - General Thread
Melbourne Airport has celebrated the end of 2017 by breaking a series of passenger number records, launching new international routes and enhancing the traveller experience with the opening of a $50 million dollar shopping and dining upgrade. For the first time in the airport’s history more than a million international passengers travelled through the airport in a single calendar month with 1.02 million movements, surpassing the previous record of 977,938 in January 2017. Terminal 2 was abuzz in the lead up to Christmas with 38,716 passengers in the precinct on 23 December, a new ‘busiest day’ milestone for T2. On the same day more than 20,000 holidaymakers travelled on departing flights – setting a new record for T2 Departures. To top off a remarkable year of growth in travel and tourism, Melbourne Airport welcomed its 10 millionth international passenger for the first time during a calendar year period.
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Birmingham, Air India - Thread
Air India to Launch UK’s Only Direct Amritsar Service in February from Birmingham Airport Air India is introducing a twice weekly non-stop service to Amritsar from Birmingham Airport with the inaugural flight launching on 20th February 2018. This will be the UK’s only direct service to Amritsar. This new route complements the airline’s popular Delhi service which started in August 2013. The service has carried more than 600,000 passengers in the four years it has operated. Amritsar will be a popular route allowing direct access to the major commercial and cultural centre in the heart of the Punjab and the home of the Golden Temple. William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport, commented: “It is great news that we will have direct non-stop connections to two Indian cities from Birmingham Airport with Air India. With over 200,000 British-Indian people who travel to India each year to visit friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional destination shows the large demand within the region for direct Amritsar services from the Midlands. Air India has been a successful partner for over four years and offers great connections to India with services operated by the new Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.” Mr Pankaj Srivastava, Director, Commercial and Board Member of Air India said: “We are delighted that we are commencing direct services between Birmingham and Amritsar twice weekly, starting in February, recognising the consumer demand from the Midlands’ region to Amritsar, Punjab. Air India is always very sensitive to the needs of the consumer and is pleased to be connecting the two important cities thereby adding a new city pairing for Air India’s expanding global network with the only non-stop UK Amritsar service.”
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