NWI still entertains me immensely as a regional airport: after years of very little activity (and the odd day charter to Lapland) suddenly there is an explosion of scheduled routes, and we see three operators one of the so-called 'Norwich to Knock' (ie nowhere to nowhere) routes and two on Norwich to Dublin. I'm afraid I don't fancy Air Wales' chances if this winter route continues into the next season.
I always understood that the ABZ route carried a lot of contract passengers from the oil companies (presumably some of whom connect with Bristow helicopter shuttles from the airport to the North Sea rigs)... is this the case, or are they individual bookings who might be swayed?
T3 or BD show no signs of leaving the route.
I would avoid expressing such rash expectations of BD... I expect timings will be critical - that's how Eastern saw off BMI on NWI-MAN (after just a couple of weeks, if I remember).
Surprised not to see BHD increased - I reckon with some pushing it might support AM/PM rotations.
The online timetable is not yet updated, but from NWI the times are as follows:
NWI 0700 - ABZ 0815 (Mon-Sat)
ABZ 0840 - NWI 0955 (Mon-Sat)
NWI 1800 - ABZ 1915 (Sun-Fri)
ABZ 1940 - NWI 2055 (Sun-Fri)
ALC 1145 - NWI 1330 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
NWI 1425 - ALC 1810 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
CMF 1220 - NWI 1315 (Sat)
NWI 1445 - CMF 1735 (Sat)
NWI 1035 - DUB 1155 (Daily)
DUB 1220 - NWI 1340 (Daily)
GVA 1335 - NWI 1420 (Sat)
NWI 1635 - GVA 1920 (Sat)
AGP 1230 - NWI 1425 (Sun)
NWI 1605 - AGP 2000 (Sun)
ABZ timings suggest a serious attempt to unstick BD and T3 and presumably mean at least one a/c now based in NWI. Looking at today's flights, the extra evening BE flight to ABZ will give NWI a near hourly connection - dep. at 1710 (T3) 1800 (BE) 1900 (BD) 2020 (T3) !
Lots of W routes for the winter sun destinations means we'll be seeing the 146s dropping by too. Happy days.