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Old 17th Sep 2008, 12:08   #201 (permalink)
 
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maybe Vjay Mallaya will buy it?
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 12:08   #202 (permalink)
 
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BAA won't get rid of LHR, ever. Whether Ferrovial will get rid of BAA after relieving BAA of some of its airports is another matter altogether... but that's a thing to wonder about after the banking crisis is over.

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Old 17th Sep 2008, 12:15   #203 (permalink)
 
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I just checked my bank account and I can't afford it. I do get paid a week on Friday though so I'll let you know...

Personally I don't think Branson has any interest in buying a large stake in the airport - it's purely a publicity exercise. Although if some conglomerate said they'd put Virgin's name on it for a measley percentage I could be proved wrong.
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 12:18   #204 (permalink)
 
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Personally I can only see Ferrovial as a big loser here. Each individual airport is worth less when not part of a monopoly and the credit crunch just makes matters worse for them. They did not have the political nous to see that while BAA was "British" a monopoly was acceptable, but became unacceptable as soon as a foreign company took over.

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Old 17th Sep 2008, 12:20   #205 (permalink)
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Before all the RB haters jump in, it is reported that VS would be interested in part of a consortium. That means a minority role with their staff closely involved NOT to have RB sitting at the top of the table. But don't let that stop a good rant.

It is certainly very sensible of BAA to get on with the sale now in their own time, rather than wait to be forced. The local residents will already be with their lawyers going over the small print of their agreement.

In the BBC report there is an amusing quote:
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However there were misgivings at the Unite trade union, whose national officer, Steve Turner, said: "It simply beggars belief that a 'For Sale' sign can be hung across the country's second largest airport. "Gatwick is a core component of the national infrastructure and an essential part of the UK's aviation sector, yet it is to be flogged off with little care for the wider social impact."
Mr Turner is a bit late. The Conservative govt sold it off 'with little care for the wider social impact' 20 years ago!
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 17:07   #206 (permalink)
 
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Well, my crystal ball could see the likes of Emirates buying Gatwick up and building a London super-hub for themselves.

I expect they can afford to outbid anyone else!

Perhaps, it could also afford to seriously upgrade the infrastructure, to attract some major carriers back to LGW from LHR and get some income from them!
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 17:15   #207 (permalink)
 
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Vermin.. a slight off topic question here but for what reasons do you feel VA will be on the ropes in 6 months or so?
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 17:43   #208 (permalink)
 
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Actually i'm going to buy it.
Then sack all the security staff and employ humans.
Then make sure the airport has more than 1.5 ambulifts.....

or maybe just have really pretty women in security, or...
boy this is going to be fun.
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Old 17th Sep 2008, 18:40   #209 (permalink)
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Bit of drift going on here chaps but back to the rumour, here's one for you.

News whispered in my shell intimates that any consortium will have a majority made up from the construction company Laing O'Rourke.

Taking over an operation the size of LGW with all the immediate compliance measures would need a steady hand at the helm.

A search of Mr Google would appear to add a little weight with the former managing director of LHR, one Mr Tony Douglas who left BAA to take over as the Chief Operating Officer of the construction giant in a prime seat, assisted by the recently departed Heathrow MD Mark Bullock who has only just joined Laing O'Rourke.

Now if Donna Boote, Mr Bullock’s significant other and a recent departee from the role of security manager at LHR were to be employed by the new operating company, well I never.

If it smells like smoke and looks like smoke - it might just be smoke !

I'm back off to Irish Paddy's betting site to have a few quid on this one.

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Old 18th Sep 2008, 10:36   #210 (permalink)
 
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The Gatwick campaigners (NoGaR) have vowed to renew their efforts to stop any future plans for a second runway at Gatwick:

BBC NEWS | England | Sussex | Vow to fight extra Gatwick runway

Clearly they are aware that the deal between BAA and West Sussex County will be null and void once the airport is sold, which would leave the future owners open to pitch Gatwick as a viable alternative to Heathrow, which could lead to a second runway.

So the whole farce goes back to square one.

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Old 18th Sep 2008, 18:54   #211 (permalink)
 
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If the Gatwick locals don't want a second runway (and the Heathrow locals don't want a third), then the train journey to BHX is only a little longer (less than 20 minutes from parts of central London) and likely to be further reduced over the next few months.

Would a bit of marketing from the West Midlands, to both passengers and airlines, depress the price that Ferrovial et al are expecting to get for Gatwick?
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Old 18th Sep 2008, 21:02   #212 (permalink)
 
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If the Gatwick locals don't want a second runway (and the Heathrow locals don't want a third), then the train journey to BHX is only a little longer (less than 20 minutes from parts of central London) and likely to be further reduced over the next few months.
Yes let's all fly from Birmingham. Can't think why I never thought of that. Genius. I guess if you take the northernmost part of the M25 then it might be 20 minutes nearer to BHX than LGW, but that's quite seriously clutching at straws.
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Old 20th Sep 2008, 12:51   #213 (permalink)
 
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Fly Green I like your style!

Maybe subcontract security to Hooters?
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Old 20th Oct 2008, 21:52   #214 (permalink)
 
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Mexicana to launch lgw - Mexico City early jan 09. A little good news for lgw at last.

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Old 21st Oct 2008, 07:46   #215 (permalink)
 
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Wait and see about MX.
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Old 21st Oct 2008, 09:07   #216 (permalink)
 
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Well, the flights are available on their web site for booking, are you suggesting that they might not operate as shown on the site?

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Old 24th Oct 2008, 19:33   #217 (permalink)
 
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QR moving from S terminal to N terminal this weekend!

Just read this news on LGW website and business traveller mag but so far nothing on QR website and no message sent to me yet(got a booking later this year)
Was this as sudden as it seems and is there anything behind it?
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Old 25th Oct 2008, 06:41   #218 (permalink)
 
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QR moving from S terminal to N terminal this weekend!

It was planned to happen, Continental are ceasing operations at LGW from today, therefore check-in and aircraft parking have become available from tomorrow.
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Old 7th Nov 2008, 08:15   #219 (permalink)
 
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New Gatwick Routes

Gatwick had lost quite a lot of routes recently with XL and Sterling both stopping. easyJet have so far only taken up Copenhagen, but today I saw this:

Cimber air has announced a new service to Billund

Anyone know what A/C this will be on ?
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Old 7th Nov 2008, 14:20   #220 (permalink)
 
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New Gatwick Routes

In amadeus, it shows operating with CRJ (CANADAIR REGINAL JET 200)

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