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Old 25th Sep 2007, 10:21
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Atthe easyjet ticket desk we get asked a lot whether anyone flies to london.....and on one odd occasion someone wanted to know if we flew from brs to cwl! i kindly pointed them in the direction of the train station.
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 13:50
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There was a time when we used to fly to CWL it was a daily service CWL, LBA, GLA, (HS 748 & SH30) excluding all the JER/GCI's via CWL, we also had a LGW route twice daily (DH-6).
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 17:22
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Bristol Evening Post has reported Tony Hallwood saying that a "significant annoucement" is going to be made within the next two weeks about a Toronto service with a Canadian carrier. In addition that "constructive" talks had been held with Scandanavian carriers over routes to Copenhagen and Oslo and the airport was hopeful for business services to Frankfurt and Seville. Flight to Cardiff? That has to rate as one of the most pointless airlinks of all-time!!
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 18:21
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Oh the irony of it. I've got three weeks of schlepping to Heathrow to take a whole bunch of flights to Scandinavia (on SK, all of them routing through CPH). Let's hope SK found their experience of running BRS-ARN good enough to want to come back more permanently.

I'm guessing this is coming off the back of the Route Development Forum in Stockholm (this week's destination for my Scandinavian visit - thus explaining why I couldn't find a hotel...).

Still can't work Canada out. Is there really enough demand for that? Would it hit into the EWR service?
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 18:44
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Atthe easyjet ticket desk we get asked a lot whether anyone flies to london.....and on one odd occasion someone wanted to know if we flew from brs to cwl! i kindly pointed them in the direction of the train station.
"Ladies and Gentleman, welcome onboard this service to Cardiff. We are currently climbing to 2000ft and will maintain this...........oh hang on, no scrap that. On behalf of XXXX airlines we welcome you to Cardiff."
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 19:39
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As Ranger says there was a route to Gatwick from BRS.

It ran from 1999 for about three years and was operated by Brymon/BA via PLH in both directions.

DH-8-300 equipment was used but the timings were somewhat bizarre as far as Bristol was concerned. The flight left BRS in early afternoon and returned mid evening.

I don't know how many pax used the service from BRS to LGW (it was flight number BA 4008/4009) which I believe was primarily intended to be part of the several daily PLH-LGW services and, presumably, used the BRS aircraft because it was available.

Going back forty or fifty years many (many in those days would not be many to our eyes today of course) of the Cambrian and Dan Air scheduled services operated BRS-CWL or CWL-BRS to a destination such as Paris, and even Liverpool. This lasted for many years, although I'm not sure if it was possible to book BRS-CWL (or vice versa) legs on these journeys.

Indeed, until the advent of Air Wales which ignored BRS completely (I wondered at the time if this was a mistake), Welsh-based airlines such as Cambrian, Airways International Cymru and InterEuropean Airways, used BRS and CWL as almost twin airports for their operations, although that is not to say it was possible to use them to travel across the Severn (the last two were charter airlines anyway).

Talk regularly surfaces in the local press about a hovercraft connection between Bristol or Weston and Cardiff, and it must be remembered that in the 1930s the air service betwen Weston and Cardiff was one of the busiest in the world at certain times of the year. But there was no Severn Bridge then of course.

Finally, the government has announced a major study into the feasibility of a Severn Barrage. Could this yet mean one airport for South Wales/West of England in the estuary:
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 20:09
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I remember seeing Brymon DH7s at BRS. And the DH8s routing BRS-PLH-JER-CDG.
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 21:32
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If you want to see a crew working at speed, try BSL-ZRH, ZRH-GVA or the world's shortest scheduled air route WRY-PPW (cost 12). Now *that's* a short route.

Some of those make BRS-CWL (which would inevitably end up going round Bath, Gloucester, Swansea most days) look positively long haul.
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Old 26th Sep 2007, 00:39
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Thanks for reminding me of the Brymon service, MerchantVenturer I forgot all about that one, all I could remember was the first service to LGW using a Twin otter operated by a company called Spacegrand then later by a Brymon Airways Twin Otter.
The beginning of old age & short term memory loss is setting in I guess
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Old 26th Sep 2007, 07:38
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MV,

Why not go the whole hog and run a Maglev over top of the barrage to link an east and west runway of Severnside airport. Longhaul off the sizable western runway and shorthaul off the ski slope in the east!

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Old 26th Sep 2007, 08:07
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Aah, dear old Spacegrand. Often wonder how they'd have fared if Jack Walker hadn't merged them with Flymaybe.
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Old 26th Sep 2007, 08:07
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Monkey,

Even though that i know was sarcastic, it is very good idea!!! I like it!!! People used to as me whether the monorail in LGW was also an airside link to LHR - Yes of course jump on it you'll be there in 2 mins!!
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Old 26th Sep 2007, 15:53
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Is a London route viable again um maybe?
What about a nice old empty airport sitting waiting east of the city -Southend
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Old 28th Sep 2007, 10:01
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Canada

So where is the S08 Canada coming from, is it Cwl's cancelled Vancouver or is it one of Exeters, as with all the pax they have, the check in queue starts just after you pull off the M5 and stretches all down the by pass to the checkin desk, little bit congested isn't it. Perhaps Balfour-Beaty can stick a conservatory on the terminal, or should i say checkin-shop-cafe !.

Any idea of destination, Bristol-Toronto has always been the kiss of death for the operator.

I suppose we'll have to wait for the promised announcement mentioned in the press release, mind you im still waiting for the last dead certain anouncement at the end of the month that Harry The Hound said was coming at the end of last month
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Old 4th Oct 2007, 13:25
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Would be a good addition. Hamburg would be good to get back too, even if it is Lubeck. Sure OLT would love that (They are still flying into BRS aren't they? I havent seen them for a while)
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Old 4th Oct 2007, 15:33
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Yep OLT are in everyday i think.

To Hamburg via Bremen, or Bremen via Hamburg.
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Old 4th Oct 2007, 16:42
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OLT do BRE-HAM-BRS
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Old 5th Oct 2007, 13:03
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Whiskey walks

Latest from the rumour press is that work is soon to start on a covered elevated walkway to some stands on the whiskey apron. Stands to be served are 23 - 26 and 27 - 30 via piers. Stands 21 - 22 and those currently used for the mail will continue to be coached. Good exercise for those that need it before and after flights.

I did say rumour so please do not shoot the messenger if it doesn't happen
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Old 5th Oct 2007, 13:06
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Where is this 'Whiskey' apron? Sounds like a nice place, must look for it next time I'm in work.

Should be fun putting in an elevated walkway to 23 etc.
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Old 5th Oct 2007, 13:29
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How will they elevate the walkway if its coming from the ground floor of the departures. Unless they put gates upstairs and still the big metal tube through the windows?
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