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Old 22nd Jul 2008, 08:10
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has anyone got more on the possible air blue flight, or is it just a rumour and nothing more ?
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Old 22nd Jul 2008, 08:10
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luton 1984

Altair also operated Douglas DC-8s, oh what days! In the late 1980s a Siebe Air Boeing 707 operated a large number of charters – it usually parked on Stand 17 (the Ponderosa) which is now part of the Signature ramp. It was nicknamed the “Roach Coach” for obvious reasons as it had operated in Africa for a number of years.

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Old 22nd Jul 2008, 11:39
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I remember Noman. I think they had DC9-15 combis. I-TIAN and I-TIAR come to mind.
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Old 22nd Jul 2008, 12:43
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Form the SkyEurope link:

SkyEurope has been in the red since transporting its first passenger in 2002.

How much longer will they continue to literally burn cash!
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Old 22nd Jul 2008, 14:39
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EZY to NCE frequency reduction

Just looked to book flights from Luton to Nice this winter and noticed that daily frequency has reduced to twice from three times last winter. Has anyone noticed any other frequency reductions on EZY routes for the winter?
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Old 22nd Jul 2008, 20:42
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Geneva! My trip to the Motor Show in March has been compromised by their prices and mid-week reduction in flights. £59 (this year) to £140 (next year) is more than the cost of fuel and I will not be fleeced! Yield during the show will be huge during the week though!

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Old 23rd Jul 2008, 18:30
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Grrr Sky Europe

FT.com / Home UK / UK - High-flier hit by turbulence still confident
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Old 23rd Jul 2008, 19:51
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does LTN get the Monarch A300 down to Palma on saturdays this year?
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Old 23rd Jul 2008, 20:01
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Dan -
Yes, midday Saturday on a W flight from LGW or MAN.
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Old 23rd Jul 2008, 20:47
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Thankyou, LGS
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Old 23rd Jul 2008, 22:48
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Isn't it always a LGW W on the Sat PMI
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Old 24th Jul 2008, 20:57
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London Luton Airport celebrates its 70th Birthday
Published: 17 July 2008

Today, representatives of Luton Borough Council were joined by the airport management team and some of the airport’s longest serving employees to mark the official birthday.

70 years ago today, 16th July 1938, London Luton Airport was officially opened as "Luton Municipal Airport" by the Right Honourable Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air.

The airport continued to operate as a commercial aerodrome during the war and in 1952 a new control tower was opened. The next 20 years saw the birth of affordable holidays at Luton and in 1969 a fifth of all holiday flights from the UK departed from Luton Airport.

In 1978 Luton was recognised as an integral part of the London airports system and plans were made to take airport into the 1990s and on to five million passengers a year. A new international terminal building was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1985.

The airport was renamed London Luton Airport in 1990 to reflect its true standing in the London airport network and in late 1995 London Luton Airport helped pioneer an entirely new concept in Europe - 'low cost' flying - by becoming the first UK base for easyJet.

The airport's new terminal opened in 1999 along with the airport rail station. In July 2005, with passenger numbers approaching 10 million, the new terminal was further developed with the opening of a new Departure Lounge and Retail / Catering complex, boarding pier and arrivals area.

London Luton Airport has been at the heart of its local community since opening in 1938 and has played a major part in the lives of many local people. In 2008 the airport employs around 8,500 people making the airport the largest private sector employer in Luton, as well as a major economic driver for the regional economy.

In its 70th Birthday year, the airport has brought forward a whole range of initiatives and local projects to support people in different areas of the community as part of its Community Engagement Strategy.

Today, representatives of Luton Borough Council were joined by the airport management team and some of the airport's longest serving employees to mark the official birthday. A service open to all airport employees and passengers was held at the airport's chapel for people to meet and reflect on their time at the airport.

Glyn Jones, London Luton Airport Operations Managing Director, said "We are immensely proud of the very real contribution the airport has made to Luton and its local communities over the past 70 years. The airport will continue to play a significant role in the region's economy in the years to come and is committed to being a good neighbour working passionately and thoughtfully to enhance the social, economic and environmental life of its community."

Councillor Robin Harris, Deputy Leader of Luton Borough Council and Chair of London Luton Airport Limited, said "The importance of the airport to the local economy over the last 70 years cannot be underestimated and its impressive growth over recent years is a testament to the successful public private partnership between Luton Borough Council and TBI Airports."

London Luton Airport is now one of the UK's busiest airports offering scheduled flights with easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Monarch, Aer Arann, Thomsonfly, Sky Europe, Flybe and XL Airways with frequent departures to over 90 destinations in 3 continents.

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Today the airport is operated and developed by a consortium TBI Airports. Within the consortium Abertis Infraestructuras, a leading European infrastructure provider, is a 90 per cent majority shareholder and Aena Internacional, the international business arm of Aena- the Spanish national airport and air traffic control organisation, is a 10 per cent shareholder.

In January 2008 London Luton Airport launched its Community Engagement Strategy, which sets out the Airport's formal commitments to the community up to 2012. The strategy focuses on three action areas, 'A Better Environment', 'A Vibrant Neighbourhood' and 'A Growing Economy', identifying priority programmes in each one.

As well as outlining the Airport's priorities for the next five years, the document also summarises its commitments for 2008, which include the publishing of a revised environmental policy, practical support for at least 20 local community projects and the development of a schools outreach programme.
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Old 25th Jul 2008, 04:15
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Thomsonfly has celebrated the 100,000th booking on its Tel Aviv flights, which started just nine months ago on 1 November 2007. Bookings figures, show 52,689 passengers have booked to fly with Thomsonfly from Luton Airport, and 50,427 from Manchester, bring the total 103,116 so far.
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Old 29th Jul 2008, 21:56
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The local newspaper is reporting passenger numbers are still increasing. 'More than 145,000 jetted off from Luton Airport to sunnier climes at the end of July.

The town's gateway to foreign shores saw a passenger increase of five per cent in comparison to 2007 - marking the start of the peak summer period.'
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Old 30th Jul 2008, 05:56
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Something wrong with that 145,000 figure me thinks
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Old 30th Jul 2008, 18:06
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I heard a local radio interview with Natalie Rapier (?), Airport Spokesman, in which she repeatedly referred to 145,000 pax over one weekend but the interviewer kept saying 'in July'.
Not presented very well, but an impressive figure nevertheless.
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Old 30th Jul 2008, 19:15
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Times are definitely hard at easyJet, big cull of jobs today in easyLand!
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Old 30th Jul 2008, 20:03
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Figures aren't Natalie's strong point.....
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Old 31st Jul 2008, 07:54
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Councillor Robin Harris, Deputy Leader of Luton Borough Council and Chair of London Luton Airport Limited, said "The importance of the airport to the local economy over the last 70 years cannot be underestimated.....a testament to the successful public private partnership between Luton Borough Council and TBI Airports."
Oh dear, oh dear, I've just wet myself laughing so much.

To quote the illustrious Catain Blackadder:-

"Have you visited the Planet Earth recently...?"
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Old 31st Jul 2008, 22:07
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Robin Harris is actually one of the 'good guys'! He has consistently been re-elected for his good work as a Councillor and has always been a 'friend' of the airport.

You have to appreciate that they (the Councillors) are elected in this case by the folk of Luton, to represent LBC.

If it had not been for a certain Mr Sharma and a Mr Harris, SERCo would currently be ingrained into the current Luton airport operation......trust me on this, I spent many a hour with Mr Harris on Thameslink back and forward to London!

As far as LBC are concerned, the Concession Agreement has been an awesomely successful decision generating a multi £million pound yearly windfall into the coffers of the Town Hall whilst still retaining land ownership.

Every company from AGI onward has bought into this agreement. Now as to whether the concession has advanced or hindered the development of the airport....that is another debate...

If LBC had sold the airport, how much of the profit would have been clawed back by the Bliar Govt? LBC have a steady income stream via the concession and this was the remit of Peter, the money man at the time. Mayor McKenzie (now a Lord) played a blinder here for the towns folk.

What hacked some of us off hugely is that once the concession agreement was in place, HM Govt policy changed allowing local Councils to borrow large sums money to develop their own airports, which is what LBC and the airport staff campaigned for relentlessly leading up to the Concession!

Mr Harris is entirely correct, the agreeemnt with TBI/ACDL is delivering £millions into the local economy. Anyone who has driven through Bury Park lately would testify to this!
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