Cargo flights at BOH underwent changes recently as well. Channel Express withdrew the F27 on cargo flights and were replaced by Emerald and Air Contractors. I think one daily newspaper flight was also lost completely.
Here's hoping Channel Express/Jet2 launch more routes from BOH soon as it is their admin base. I think EDI is crying out for an operator!
The Pula service is being offered by the TUI group. Bath Travel/Palmair are not involved with any of their flights.
Salzburg is just by Island Getaways. They were really pleased with the success of the Milan summer flights that they've introduced this new route. The Milan flights for 2004 moved to BOH from SOU after DUO went bust and all their flights are operated by EAC 737.
terrywilcox, The other thread is just for Thomsonfly at BOH. I thought it better to open it up to any news/rumours re BOH.
BOURNEMOUTH Airport is bracing itself for almost a million passengers in 2005.
The airport faces a race against time to improve its passenger terminal before low-fare airlines Thomsonfly.com and Jet2.com begin flying out of Bournemouth - doubling its number of flyers overnight.
In 2004 nearly 495,000 passengers flew out of Bournemouth, but with advance bookings with the new operators booming, airport chiefs predict this figure will shoot up to just under a million this year.
And they have revealed work is ahead of schedule on a major revamp of the passenger terminal to cope with the extra passengers.
The project started in December and will include a complete reconfiguration of the existing layout as well as a second baggage belt in the arrivals area.
Airport spokesman Sally Windsor said: "We will not reach this figure as a result of steady growth over the year. It will literally happen overnight.
"Six of Thomsonfly.com's seven new flight routes will all open on the same day, as well as Jet2.com's daily flights to Belfast, and because it will happen in the run-up to Easter we are expecting to be very busy."
Delighted tourism chiefs welcomed news that increased passenger numbers will help pump more than £10 million into the local economy.
They expect a dramatic increase in inbound tourism, which will have a knock-on effect on hotels and restaurants and help raise the profile of the region.
Paul Knight, director of service delivery at Bournemouth Airport, said: "We have estimated that our low-cost operators will, in total, bring more than 100,000 visitors into the region and we have already starting working with the local tourism industry to ensure we maximise the opportunities."
Thomsonfly.com will need to recruit more than 60 new staff and the airport expects to hire up to 200 workers, including baggage handlers and security guards.
Beverly Ware from Bournemouth Tourism said: "It is fantastic news for Bournemouth and the surrounding area. All indications are that this will help expand Bournemouth as a tourist destination."
Thomsonfly.com will operate daily flights to Malaga and Palma, six flights a week to Amsterdam, Paris and Valencia, and five flights a week to Faro and Pisa. Flights to all destinations will start on March 22, except for Palma, which will begin the next day.
Jet2.com, part of the Bournemouth-based Dart Group plc, will operate daily flights to Belfast from March 23.
The landside part of the terminal (Ie Before security checks) Will consist of the check in desks, the bureau de change, WH Smiths, An O'Brians sandwich bar and a seating area.
The Air side facilities for departing passengers will consist of Food village, the bar de voyages, improved duty free shop and Additional toilets.
The immigration hall will be increased in size and a second baggage Carousel will be installed in the arrivals hall. And those meeting passengers off flights will now have a dedicated meters arrival lounge.
;';';;';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';'; ';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';';;';' The arrivals hall is really great news how long we been waiting for this
Its really good news regarding all this expansion happening so quickly
Apart from based Thomsonfly and Palmair other airlines using the airport this summer are
European 737 Euro Atlantic 737 300 Spanair A320 / 321 Futura 737 400 Euro Cypria 737 800 Europe Air Post 737 300 Thomsonfly 767 200/300 British Airways 777
New charters and one off charters include
Dubai New York Montego Bay New Orleans A\apulco
Bournemouth will also see its busiest winter 2005/6 fly cruise with over 8 flights to Barbados alone !! really good for a local airport
I would imagine ramp space must be off a premium now as 5 747 are parked on taxiway " romeo" (old runway 17/35 ) and they use taxiway " Bravo " for taxiing out to the runway
Any idea where the new terminal may be built if and when it is approved , also does anyone think they may knock down or move the Channel Express cargo shed to make way for more ramp space , especially as the cargo situation has changed at BOH now
The improvement to the terminal is great news but another important thing is how to transport inbound passengers to Bournemouth from the airport to the town centre. Is there going to be a proper bus service at last?!?!?!?!