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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 07:49
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What a load of old sht

Since when do helicopters fly at 300 ft in the middle of the night over built up areas , unless it's the " POLICE " OR on finals to the runway

I would not think there are many biz jet movements between mid-night and say 6 am
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 07:56
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What's wrong with these people - I'd be surprised if they don't have more noise pollution from cars than from helicopters.
The use of promised in the title and in the article implies that the new routes aren't being used. During daylight hours ALL inbound and outbound helicopter are routed either SE or SW around Harpenden despite this increasing controller workload (no deemed separations) and putting the helicopters in confliction with scheduled flights.
And shaking the windows!! I don't think so. These people should be glad they live inside CAS rather than somewhere outside controlled airspace under a military low level route.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 12:17
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Don't think it been reported before, flybe to IOM down to single daily flight except wednesday for the winter.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 12:58
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Luton Bits And Pieces

Having now relocated to Southern Spain since having recently retired I still keep a watchful eye on the airport. Wizz have announced increased frequency on the Bucharest service from 6 to 10 weekly starting next May and Cluj goes up from 4 to 6 weekly. I recently visited the airport though not as a traveller and heard on the grapevine that Ryanair are surprised at the bookings taken on the new routes to be operated this winter and are thinking of employing a fifth aircraft to be based - we shall see! Pity about the Shannon but Aer Arrean must be having some impact. Referring to the Dan-Air incident I was very friendly with one of the station manager's at the time and he told me that the aircraft was over 2 tons overloaded. The Captain never flew again for Dan-Air. Let us hope all the airlines have the resources to keep flying over a very difficult winter period and no more people are unemployed.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 17:16
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Good Luck Compton2B in your new life, More Ryan would put more pressure on EZY. I wonder if you could be a mole for us about Luton's management overlords
Do we know if the Orange Hanger is back in operation after the doors replaced? Should we not have two based A319s now? I think another 73 is due back to leaser?
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 18:30
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The second EZY A319 positioned in from Bristol earlier this week without much hulabaloo. Obviously the 'home' base isn't to be honoured with a factory fresh example! 737-700 'JH has been de-fleeted.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 19:17
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The first based A319 was GEZDM from 1 September.
The second was the newest a/c GEZDO from 16/17 September (can't remember exactly). 'DO positioned out last week to help another base and was replaced by GEZDH.
GEZBY positioned in from BRS this week to be the third.

GEZJG is also on its way out.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 21:00
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G-EZJG .. going going ... gone as of 01Oct !
cheers Bondy
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Old 3rd Oct 2008, 05:22
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Don't think it been reported before, flybe to IOM down to single daily flight except wednesday for the winter.
True, but still not bad given the current climate. Last winter it was 4 x weekly, so an increase on 12 months ago.


Wizz have announced increased frequency on the Bucharest service from 6 to 10 weekly starting next May and Cluj goes up from 4 to 6 weekly.
Good to see, and apparently two/three other things under consideration, plus Kiev expected to start from end of March 09.

Ryanair are surprised at the bookings taken on the new routes to be operated this winter and are thinking of employing a fifth aircraft to be based - we shall see.
Yes, I heard this too. Advanced bookings for the new routes have been much better than expected, and apparently the rumour of a fifth aircraft being based, is a definate possibility, but probably not until late April 09.

The first based A319 was GEZDM from 1 September
Are there not to be at least 5/6 based by the year end ?
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Old 3rd Oct 2008, 20:23
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Grrr

G-EZJG at Lasham in store for a while pending onward to Brazil, with more expected.

5 Ryanair, well that would be another nail in Stansted's new 'OPEN' pricing policy!

Mind you, Aegean are now going (shortly) thrice daily from Essex to Athens.

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Old 5th Oct 2008, 08:04
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Drove to the airport on Thursday to catch a flight to VIE. I was amazed to see so many workman actually working on the new dual carriage way into the airport, probably the most I have seen since work started many months ago. Various sections do now seem to be progressing well, so does anyone know what the expected time frame is now for completion of the project. I know it is several months behind schedule at the moment.

The terminal seemed to be be incredibly busy, for what now is the very late summer schedules, so plenty of pax still travelling.

On a final note, heard from a reliable source that route expansion at LTN is still very active, surprisingly, with several new routes likely to be confirmed to commence between late March and early May 09. Apparently one in particular, if finally confirmed, would to a destination, one would not normally associate with LTN. The carrier also. Despite persistant hassle of my source, more than that, he would not say.

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Old 5th Oct 2008, 11:17
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Apparantly the new road should be open by the end of the year.

The airport have recognised that as a result of the new road any bottle neck will now be on the airport. (Don't know what they think happens now!) As a result work is about to start on re-vamping the central area.

I wait with interest!
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Old 5th Oct 2008, 11:39
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Suggestion 1:

Cars travel at high speed across the new fly-over, travel once round the roundabout and proceed down the hill using the current access road, to park in a new car park located on the former Vauxhall site.
A high-tech bendy bus then takes customers up the hill again using the current access road or in good weather passengers may opt for the environmentally friendly approach and walk up the hill with their suitcases.

The project could be financed by car park charges starting from £5 for the first 5 minutes. If the pick up and set-down area were also re-located then this would ensure customers have to pay a minimum of £30 to drop-off their loved ones. OK this may be marginally more than any low-cost
air ticket but it would help finance the repairs to the terminal floor.
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Old 5th Oct 2008, 13:00
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Yes, the IOM was always going back to a single for the winter but, as my mother has now left the Island, it may be some time before I use that route again.

The airport have recognised that as a result of the new road any bottle neck will now be on the airport.
Wowwww. That must have cost a lot of consultancy days for them to work that one out. The smiley is not sufficient for this!! When I picked up a friend last week, I was so glad that she arrived at 01:30 but the bad road and pick-up layout still amuses me. To think that, with all the airports in all the world to learn from - they come up with this!
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Old 5th Oct 2008, 16:14
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I was amazed to see so many workman actually working on the new dual carriage way into the airport, probably the most I have seen since work started many months ago.
I think you mean many years ago. Construction work started in June 2006 so we are well into the third year of construction. Signage used to say that the work would take 18 months meaning that it would finish around December 2007. The latest opening date is December 2008 but I suspect it will be late January or even February before it fully opens. There are still 2 large sections where work has yet to begin on laying tarmac as the ground is still only partially graded.

The reason for the extra man power is that yet another date has been missed. The Gypsy Lane turn off for the retail park and airport station was meant to be closed for between 6 and 8 weeks. Tomorrow marks week 9 when the traffic will switch carriageways for a short section by Gypsy Lane.

With reference to the remodelling of the central area, I donít think the airport has much choice. I did hear that new regulations come into place soon that will ban the existing coach and bus area being used, as it is too close to the terminal if there was a terrorist attack.

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Old 5th Oct 2008, 19:41
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Wouldn't be suprised if BE back to x2 Daily in Summer '09 is more of a seasonal route from IOM. Is useful for the 'bucket and spade brigade'
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Old 6th Oct 2008, 06:38
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I did hear that new regulations come into place soon that will ban the existing coach and bus area being used, as it is too close to the terminal if there was a terrorist attack.
So where could it be moved to ?
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Old 6th Oct 2008, 13:39
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LLAOL makes £2M investment to improve customer experience

It's offical, a little detail now on the Airport Web Site.
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Old 6th Oct 2008, 16:30
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£2 million seems alot of money for shifting a few kerb stones So who knows details of the plans
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Old 6th Oct 2008, 18:38
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I know!!
Works OCT-end March.
Roudabout won't be full circle, so i guess people cant keep driving round it till loved ones turn up,outside lane dedicated to buses, valet meet and greet area in current taxi/drop off zone along with taxi's away from the terminal building, bigger drop off and normal coaches in the short term car park, entrance off mini roundabout, exit where it is at the moment. barriers to get off roundabout into twr/easyland and a silverjet forecourt!! (the phoenix - never!!)

Same national/easy/purple bus stops, newer kerbs!

Police parking on the roundabout(that isn't a roundabout)

All in all a £2Million little shuffle!!
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