The drop off area is like an assault course at the moment but if you look down from the terminal top floor you can see it will be a big improvement. I flew yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. I will avoid this flight time in future. The queue to central screening went back into Hall B! If the snake barriers were not there it would have probably reached Yeadon Town St.I forgot to arrange my fast track screening. wawkrk
So our service to LHR is to be in the hands of ERJs from the autumn. This is like going back to the dark days of the Viscounts, and even then I think they operated 5 returns daily. Why do we have such a pathetic service when Manchester has more frequent flights/larger aircraft/more than one London airport served? They have a very good train service which is similar to ours (for passengers just travelling to London), and far more international flights (reducing the need for passengers to travel to London to interline).
On a different note, with Jet2 concentrating on bucket and spade routes, I am surprised that they have not introduced NAP, I'd have thought that Sorrento and Amalfi would be far more popular with the Brits than Sardinia.
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To make matters worse, I hear that the Manchester-Euston service is to run every 20 minutes. Surely there must be prune back due on MAN-LHR somewhere. With Singapore and Emirates in, that's pretty much the Middle and Far East covered. Contie, Delta, AA, BMI, Air Transat etc go across the pond. Why does MAN need so many flights to LHR????
Dark days ? Glory days for me. How dare you knock the Viscounts. I loved them ! Northeast, BA and BMA. They seated more than the Embraer as well, mind you I don't know what the pax figures and yield were like in the 70s and 80s.
I do, however, agree that it's a bit dismal using an Embraer instead of an Airbus for Heathrow. Sign of the times I guess. Good luck to the Airbus crews at LBA for a decent, and hopefully temporary, relocation.
Location: Moved back to enemy territory... Leeds!!
Certainly nothing wrong with the jungle jets, fine little aircraft in my experience, if the loads will fit on them then it makes sense. I'm still amazed that Star Alliance haven't got a feeder in to FRA, perfect for an ERJ.
Yeadon Dam, you heard right about Manchester to London trains. Virgin Trains are to introduce a 20 minute VHF service from Euston to both Manchester and Birmingham. However, in preparation for this there have been major engineering works - and some serious infrastructure problems - which have seriously impaired performance over the West Coast Main Line (WCML) over the past few months. And, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News, air traffic between the two cities has seen a recent upturn with the LCY route seeing the most significant increase. This, of course, may just be a temporary revival and passengers may return to the rails once the WCML problems are ironed out and the VHF service is introduced.
As for Manchester's links with LHR being superior to LBA's - well I don't know if there's a precise reason. Manchester has a larger catchment population and the northwest is more densely populated. Maybe there is a bigger business travel market to/from Manchester. But , again, I think that the railways have played their part. The East Coast Main Line (ECML), linking Leeds with Kings Cross, became a 125 mph railway in 1977 and for nearly three decades was far superior to the WCML. The typical Manchester to Euston journey time, prior to the introduction of Pendolino trains in 2004, was an unattractive 2 hrs 45. Only in recent years has Manchester been able to boast of a rail connection with London that could stand comparison with that from Leeds. In all those preceding years ( decades !), many business travellers have seen air as the best option and the railways have still got a lot of business to win from the airlines. East of the Pennines, the train has for many people been the most attractive option and for a long time too.
Interserve at LBA provide a cleaning service and additionally the wheelchair service, hence the need for passenger service agents. They won the role from Servisair when the contract was tendered under the new EU regs earler this year.
99.9% certain that the driver behind the Jet2 operation on LBA-DBV is the same specialist tour operator which is selling EDI/LBA/MAN-OLB. Good to see DBV back on the Leeds map after what must be knocking on for 20 years of absence. Not sure that the Jet2 737 will have the same charisma as the old Aviogenex 727, but still good to see progress being made.