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Old 4th Oct 2006, 12:56
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Flyglobespan to launch from DTV

Well looks like the rumour is true, On Flyglobespans website it shows for Durham Tees under Summer 07 Alicante, Faro, Palma and Malaga - still not in the booking system yet but on the front page for all to see - Well done Flyglobespan!
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 14:17
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Well done DTVA and Flyglobespan - an airline with plenty of sense!

Upon hearing this I jumped so high with excitement that I ran out of oxygen.
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 14:44
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How come the DTVA website is a bit on the slow side lately when it comes to releasing press releases on new routes? They're normally first to shout?

But more importantly, is this a base operation or is it just a series of routes?

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Old 4th Oct 2006, 14:54
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Can't see anything on the flyglobespan home page.... are you sure this is correct of just wishful thinking??
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 15:01
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Its on the homepage Blah, just page down to the very bottom!

As for DTV website, I guess they'll announce it with GSM formally put things on sale.

My guess it'll be a one aircraft base. With daily to Palma + 1 or 2 runs per day to the other destinations.

Interesting that Tenerife isn't continued into the summer?
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 15:02
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Not wishful thinking, it was on their website for over an hour earlier today, although it now isnt showing (if i had a screenshot i would show you) it also showed its Summer routes from ABZ too, they did a similar thing a day or so before they formally announced the TFS route if memory serves correct, maybe they were testing how it will look with all new routes on, i used to do a similar thing when i managed a corporate website.
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 18:33
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Well let's hope UKLad007 is on the ball and correct about GSM's proposed routes next summer from DTV..certainly it says on the website that more routes will follow soon so here's hoping it will be ALC, AGP, FAO and PMI (and hopefully TFS if it proves popular this winter) which im pleased to say are some sensible and hopefully well supported routes that will appeal to MMEers!

with regards to further FR expansion, i think GRO is probably the most popular and appealing route lookng at FR's 'base' destinations with the possible addition of Rome Ciampino.

just BRU that worries me...
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 05:24
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Any idea who is most likely to get the ground handling contract - Aviance or Servisair?

Aviance recently started offering ramp handling at MME in addition to above-wing, so it is a real shame that bmibaby pulled the plug when they did.

Who do GSM use at their other UK airports?
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 07:53
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flyGlobespan two aircraft based for Summer '07

Now confirmed on DTVA website

"Direct Flights on sale now to Four Sunspots
NEXT SPRING THEY WILL FLY FROM DURHAM TEES VALLEY TO
PALMA, FARO, ALICANTE AND MALAGA - WITH PRICES FROM ONLY £39.99 INCLUDING TAXES
The North East is to have low fare, scheduled flights to four of Europe's most popular holiday destinations next year as rapidly-expanding airline flyglobespan launches a major 2007 programme from Durham Tees Valley Airport with the introduction of a 2 based aircraft operation.
The web-based airline announced today that it is to fly to Palma, Faro, Alicante and Malaga from spring of next year with one-way prices starting at only £39.99 including taxes. Additional routes for Summer 2007 will be announced in the near future.
Flyglobespan will initially operate the Alicante, Faro and Palma flights three times a week from Durham Tees Valley with the Malaga operating four times each week.
The initial programme is:
Malaga - commences March 30 - prices from £39.99 inc taxes
Palma - commences March 30 - prices from £39.99 inc taxes
Alicante - commences April 1 - prices from £39.99 inc taxes
Faro - commences April 1 - prices from £44.99 inc taxes
This choice and variety of flights make available the best of Spain's Costas, Portugal's ever-popular Algarve and No.1 holiday island Majorca and also gives travellers flexibility in choosing the duration of their holiday break.
This huge commitment from flyglobespan will totally transform the holiday options for the region. Flyglobespan, one of the UK's fastest-growing airlines, is already known to the area. The airline recently announced a weekly winter sun flight from Durham Tees Valley to Tenerife commencing on 7th November.
This summer programme emphasises their commitment to bring more low-fares flights to the region.
“I am absolutely delighted that we are able to bring the flyglobespan package to Durham Tees Valley in such a widespread manner,” says flyglobespan chairman Tom Dalrymple. “Now North East travellers will be able to enjoy scheduled flights to Europe's most popular resorts - at highly competitive prices. I am very pleased that we have been able to fit in a number of flights per week to all of these destinations. This gives the holidaymaker much more flexibility - and I am sure it will be appreciated. As well as improving the holiday options for the region, we will also be bringing employment into the area,” says Dalrymple. “We prefer to hire our flight deck personnel and cabin crew members locally and will be starting a recruitment drive immediately. When fully established, the two based aircraft operation will create approximately 60 jobs.
As with all flyglobespan programmes, holidaymakers can book flight only or take the complete package with transfers and/or accommodation.
Durham Tees Valley Airport Managing Director Hugh Lang said he was delighted that one of the UK's fastest growing airlines was making such a strong commitment to the airport and the people of the North East.
Said Mr Lang “I am sure that the news of flyglobespan's decision to establish a major operation at Durham Tees Valley will be greeted with delight by both the travelling public and our many partner agencies who recognise the importance of the area to the local economy.
“We had already established a relationship with flyglobespan through their decision to begin flights to Tenerife this winter and what I think is particularly pleasing is that the company is clearly committed to working with us to ensure that we are able to offer a wide choice to the kind of destinations which appeal to the travelling public in the North East.
“That bodes very well for the future and I am sure that people in the region, who clearly value their local airport and the services it provides, will demonstrate that by supporting the flyglobespan programme in large numbers.”
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 08:21
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Brilliant! Just got the e-mail through from the airport, does anyone know what the aircraft types will be?

I get the feeling this is just the beginning too...
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 09:08
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Am guessing it will be 737's, interesting to note the two based aircraft ops and the note in the mail that came from DTV saying more summer routes to be announced very shortly, it doesnt take much to do the math and realise they will have plenty of capacity to start up new routes looking at the rotations announced. If CDG and also Prague arent announced i will be surprised, i say Prague as its definately one of the bread and butter loco routes that was in effect missing from the baby schedule (even though they did go there once) . I think Faro is a welcome addition also which will prove popular!
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 10:00
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I know it will be 737's but they have -300's, -600's -800's and 2 -700's are on order to be delivered in February and Spring 2007.

Yes, I like what it says about more routes to be added to the programme - I think Cork, Paris CDG and either Geneva or Prague.
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 10:38
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Great news for MME. It deserves some good news after the blow of losing WW. If globespan can do half as well at MME as they've done at Glasgow then I feel the future is looking bright for the airport! I think they might start with B737-300s maybe??? I'd love to see them re-open the ORK route.
 
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Great news for DTVA! Exactly what we were hoping for! I'm sure flyglobespan will be more successful than baby ever were, and I imagine the extra routes to be announced are going to be longer ones like PRG, BCN and I also presume TFS will be in there somewhere.

As to the routes already announced, well 13 flights per week, 2 based aircraft can do 6 flights a day (3 each) thats 42 flights per week so you can see how much spare capacity is left. Of course having TFS in there might reduce this to around 39 a week (takes up 4 normal length rotations out of 6 in a day for an aircraft I believe).

This is good news, and I'm sure they will be very welcome here at DTVA, and I hope the public support them like they did with bmibaby.

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Old 5th Oct 2006, 11:20
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As TFS Winter schedule is operated by a TFS based aircraft its likely to assume this may remain so this can come out of your calculations on spare capacity i guess. Lots more to come then.......
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 11:27
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Yes, I hope TFS is continued into the summer with the Tenerife based aircraft. Will this be on tonights north east news or last nights?

I wish all these announcements had come in the same month - simply because there would have been an entire page on DTVA in the next Airliner World magazine!

It just goes to prove that good always comes out of bad...
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 12:08
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Great news for MME, looks like GSM will be sensible with route structure as well. The additional routes will probably fit in with what they have served already, so NCE, PFO and PRG look likely. If GSM are going to do the longer range flights - Canaries and Cyprus, the a/c will most likely be the 736 imo, as the 733 or 737 doesn't have the range, whilst the 738 is probably a tad too large to start with.

I don't think GSM will fly to Cork or Paris, it doesn't fit in their route structure, but stranger things have happened.
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 12:22
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Timetable so far is for one based aircraft:-

Monday - Malaga/Palma
Tuesday - Faro
Wednesday - Malaga/Alicante
Thursday - Faro/Alicante
Friday - Malaga/Palma
Saturday - Palma/Malaga
Sunday - Faro/Alicante

With the first flight leaving MME @ 7am and the second destination leaving between 2 and 2.30pm.

Clearly, there is a hole for the second Tuesday run.

Not yet convinced more routes will follow for next summer (despite the press release) - don't be surprised if its just a one aircraft base for the first year, doubling up in the second.

Prague and Tenerife are obvious choices for any second aircraft, whilst Barcelona may not be as popular a choice for GSM given Ryanair announcing Gerona.

Great news!
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 12:32
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When bmibaby first announced the base operation at MME, didn't they originally say they were going to base two aircraft?
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 13:18
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Exactly DTV, they did.

Wouldn't be suprised if they watched how bookings went before committing to another aircraft. The current schedule doesn't really have gaps as such, its pretty much used in full during daylight hours. Any additional routes will probably come from aircraft number 2.

I guess having bitten by BMI's promises, I'm not totally convinced number 2 will be here too quickly.
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