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Discussion in 'Leeds Bradford' started by Aviador, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Aviador

    Aviador Administrator Staff Member I've upgraded to support F4A!

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    General topical discusion about Leeds Bradford International Airport
     
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    I don't know if anyone has noticed, but the planning application for the terminal work is on the Leeds City Council new Plans List for w/e 8.1.09.
     
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    Thanks for that Bigman because I couldn't find it.
     
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    Hi,Is anybody else able to watch watch the webcam provided by multiflight? It just keeps saying timed out when i try to have a look.
     
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    It doesn't work for me either and it hasn't worked for me since Multiflight got into trouble for broadcasting the RT on their webcam feed. All said, my Internet speed is shockingly slow!
     
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    Looks like Rynair have dropped the afternoon flight this summer. probably due to their announcement today about removing 4 aircraft from Dublin.
     
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    In fact, only Leeds, Manchester and Barcelona are losing flights from Dublin. Doesn't bode well for us.
     
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    There is clearly a demand for more flights to DUB, so no reason why Jet2 could not operate the route. Perhaps it is time FR didn't have things all their own way. They have had a monopoly on the route for too long and this just might give another airline an opportunity. Even better than Jet2 would be Aer Lingus returning. They compete with FR on the NCL route so why not LBA too?
     
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    Those reductions do not equate to 4 aircraft, so I expect the cuts to be much more widespread.
     
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    In the past I have wondered if Aer Lingus might operate the LBA Dublin route with connections on to the US as all other connections are via LHR or AMS, maybe BRU and possibly FRA in the future. Now might be a good time to consider it.
     
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    They operated on the route before using Saab 340 aircraft.

    Does this mean that we will have only one flight a day to Dublin? It comes as no real surprise to me. Some of their flights have been going out with less than 60 passengers on and that's even after the previous kull.

    On the bright side, a very busy day today and it looks like tomorrow will be busy too, plus Jet2's Sharm el Sheikh starts tomorrow.
    :clapping:
     
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    Aer Lingus also operated Shorts 330/360, BAC 1-11, B737-200.
    Also I believe on one occasion an Airbus A330 which then continued to the USA.
    A day trip using a 747 was proposed but finally cancelled through lack of support.
     
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    Ryanair will be operating twice daily in the summer, just as they are now. It is the FR154/155 that used to operate in the early afternoon that has been lost as far as I can see. In the summer last year the Dublin route was the airport's busiest, with most flights carrying excellent loads, and this cut is purely down to Ryanair's bust up with Dublin Airport Authority (yet ANOTHER bust up!!).

    If ever there was a chance for another airline to muscle in and given Ryanair a run for their money it is now, despite the economy. Even if the economy improves, there is a good chance that we will never get back the 3rd flight until Ryanair restore the based aircraft. They have also, incidentally, pulled aircraft out of Shannon and axed some routes from there.
     
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    Further to wawkrk's comments, it was a sad day when Aer Lingus quit LBA as they were the first foreign registered airline to operate scheduled services from the airport.

    They actually commenced in the early 60's with a DC3, upgrading later to a Fokker F27, and the to the Viscount 800. Eventually they started with the 737-200 (the first airline to fly one into LBA on the unextended runway) and then the BAC 1-11, but later dropped the route and left it to Northeast Airlines (later to become part of British Airways).

    When Aer Lingus came back it was initially with a Shorts 330, quickly upgrading to the Shorts 360. Not being particulaly popular with customers, the Shorts was eventually replaced with the Saab 340, and finally the Fokker 50, which is what they were using when they pulled out again, although they did occasionally use one of their BAe146's when loads were high or the F50 had gone tech. I would love it if they were to come back although I am not sure they would be up for a fight with FR on the route.
     
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    Don't forget the 737/500's that sometimes used to make visit. And yes, Aer Lingus provided our first ever A330.
     
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    Airport looks to resume flights to capital

    LEEDS Bradford International Airport is in talks to resume flights from Yorkshire to the capital following the decision by bmi to end its daily service to Heathrow.

    The airport's chief executive John Parkin said that he hoped that an announcement can be made about a new service from Leeds Bradford to London before bmi services end on March 28.

    News that bmi was dropping the service to Heathrow - and bringing to an end a direct service from the region to the capital which has run since 1969 - was greeted with dismay by users of TheBusinessDesk.com, many of whom were critical of the airport in comments on this website.

    However Mr Parkin confirmed that the airport has been working hard for some time to secure a new service to one of the London airports and still plans to continue with its £70m investment plan despite the economic downturn.

    "We are engaged in discussions now about services to the capital. Ideally we would like to be in a position to make some announcements before bmi's service ends at the end of March.

    "It's quite important we energise those discussions," said Mr Parkin, who said he could not reveal which airlines or London airports were involved because discussions are at a "sensitive" stage.

    Responding to the criticisms levelled at the airport, Mr Parkin said: "It is not as simple as people might perceive."

    He said that the operating costs for airlines had risen including higher charges from Heathrow owner BAA combined with the costs of the Government' Airp Passenger Duty.

    "The Heathrow route was operated by bmi Mainline whereas the other routes from Leeds Bradford to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Brussels are operated by bmi Regional.

    "bmi Mainline is business focused and business passenger numbers are falling."

    Mr Parkin said that bmi Regional has an "active agenda" and the airport has an "ongoing dialogue" with the business.

    He said that he sees German carrier Lufthansa's takeover of bmi as a positive move.

    "It's a pretty good outcome for bmi because it is joining a very strong and robust airline.

    Mr Parkin said that while the outlook for airlines is not particularly positive, LBIA is pushing ahead with its expansion plans.

    "Unless the economy picks up airlines are going to be consolidating pretty severely across Europe. Our strategy is for expansion and we have a great deal of faith in the further development of the airport," he added.

    LBIA was bought by private equity firm Bridgepoint in May 2007 for £145.5m from the five West Yorkshire local authorities that owned it.

    Bridgepoint - previously a shareholder at Birmingham airport - has a £70m investment programme to drive passenger numbers from the current figure of 2.9m a year to more than 5m over the next five years.

    It brought in the former chief executive of Newcastle and Bristol airports, John Parkin, to spearhead the growth.

    Major redevelopment work is due to be carried out to expand the terminal which will include more space for shops and food outlets.

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    All sounds very promising in the circumstances. :good:
     
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    Dzien dobry Aviador. Tak.
     
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