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Old 21st Aug 2013, 16:26
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I believe it's only for those without Yorkshire passports
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 20:58
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Oh very good!
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 22:00
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Back on topic. Has anyone read the Airport Master plan recently? It appears that by 2011 we will need 29 aircraft parking stands and by 2016 31!!
Mind you this was based on pax throughput without the recession, reaching 3million by 2006, 4.3 in 2011 and 5.1 in 2016. Working on their figures at 3 million pax we needed 19 stands in 2006. Guess we are ok then we have just hit 3 million and we have 22 stands so no need to park the unnecessary aircraft on taxiways then!!!! Maybe they were working on all aircraft being 757 sized. Interesting reading but perhaps it needs a little review and updating I feel.
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Old 1st Sep 2013, 10:10
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I would guess that LHR passengers collect baggage in the international arrivals as the flights carry a lot of connecting international traffic from LHR, whose bags are cleared on arrival at the destination airport and not at by Customs at LHR. Terminal 1 at Manchester which is used by by BA flights from LHR does have a customs point and I have been checked by Customs there when I have arrived at MAN after connecting from an international flight at LHR.
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Old 16th Sep 2013, 13:54
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Good news again as the CAA August 2013 Provisional Stats show that LBA handled 442,529 which is +14.6% on the same month last year. Meanwhile the year rolling figure now stands at 3,171,872, which is up +7.1%

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Old 16th Sep 2013, 17:07
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Meanwhile the year rolling figure now stands at 3,171,872, which is up +17.1%
A little optimistic there. It's +7.1%
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Old 16th Sep 2013, 17:25
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Thanks for pointing that out TSR2, Was just a miss type and now corrected it.
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Old 16th Sep 2013, 21:42
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Another good set of figures.It will be interesting to see if the continual monthly increases continue this winter.If October-May flight programme continues the plus trend, then the 4 million passenger mark will be reached a lot sooner than expected.
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Old 18th Sep 2013, 09:24
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Bradford based Hajj tour operator Skyfly Connections are chartering a Boeing 767-300 from Thailand based airline Business Air to operate next months Hajj flights between Leeds and Jeddah.

Thailand's Business Air confirms UK Hajj charter plans - ch-aviation.ch

They have previously chartered Jet2 Boeing 757's but with Hajj getting earlier every year they don't have the capacity to operate due to it been our summer season

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Old 25th Sep 2013, 10:48
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Jet2 have just announced a 5th new route from LBA next summer with a once weekly service to Verona commencing from Wednesday, May 14th
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Old 30th Sep 2013, 12:55
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Business Air (Thailand) Boeing 767-300ER, HS-BIH is due to position into Leeds 20:00 this evening to operate the first Hajj flight to Jeddah at 22:45.
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Old 2nd Oct 2013, 17:17
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Did a post disappear from here? I thought LBIA had posted

"Oh dear I understand the Thailand Business Air, Boeing 767-300, HS-BIH has just been impounded at LBA after already operating 2 hajj flights to Jeddah by the CAA for not having the right documentation....Oh dear I understand the Thailand Business Air, Boeing 767-300, HS-BIH has just been impounded at LBA after already operating 2 hajj flights to Jeddah by the CAA for not having the right documentation...."

I'd popped on to say it's just taxied out.
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Old 2nd Oct 2013, 17:39
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Yeah I did post that "chaders". I managed to delete the post by accident when editing it.

It is allegedly operating without UK approvals so CAA met the aircraft on its arrival into Leeds this morning and it has been audited. With Thailand based Business Air not been a EU registered carrier, I understand that operations from the UK to any destination other than the country of registry requires prior permission which i don't think they have.

So the Boeing 767-300, HS-BIH which was originally parked on stand 8 (Air Bridge) was towed away at around 13:00 onto taxiway November (Old runway 10/28). It was towed off the taxiway onto stand 24 at around 16:00 and as you say its just departed for Jeddah with a 7 hour delay

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That explains it. I thought I was losing my mind earlier
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Old 2nd Oct 2013, 18:59
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Any idea what this afternoons diversions were for?
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Old 2nd Oct 2013, 21:15
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I have now just heard that passengers that were due to depart on this evening flight to Jeddah have been told to go home and await further details.
Business Air have operated the first 2x flights without applying for UK permission and the CAA caught up with them. (With Business Air been a non-EU registered carrier, operations from the UK to any destination other than the country of registry requires prior permission) The Boeing 767-300 aircraft was been chartered by a Saudi agent on behalf of the Bradford based tour operator Sky-Fly Connections, I understand that they were initially informed that all permissions had been obtained by the airline, But it was found that this only to related to the Saudi end and not the UK end.

Jet2 have been asked to help out, but with them not having their own Hajj operations this year they also don't have the approvals, So it looks like a replacement carrier will have to be found at the last minute if one can find a large enough aircraft. Otherwise a lot people will have there once in a life pilgrimage to Mecca cancelled.

It is estimated that 600+ passengers have already been flown to Jeddah on the 2x Leeds flights with 300+ more due to fly out on this evenings service. Another 600+ are booked and expecting to be flown out from Manchester in the next few days as well.

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Old 2nd Oct 2013, 21:17
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FOG is the answer flybar

Been in LVP's all afternoon, I-RVR's were down to 350 meters with runway 14 in use which is CAT1 ops only. The fact that the runway surface is also wet meant that Ryanair couldn't accept a CAT3 approach onto runway 32 with tailwind due to breaking action as the B737-800 was to heavy.
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Old 2nd Oct 2013, 21:34
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Shame about the 600 stuck in Jeddah
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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 17:28
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The Bradford based tour operator Sky-Fly connections have found a late replacement aircraft to operate the remaining Hajj flights programme to Jeddah from both Leeds and Manchester.
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Flights will now be operated by Hermes/Air Mediterranee using an Airbus A321-100. The aircraft is due to position into Leeds tomorrow morning to operate the 3rd and final departure from Leeds and then operate 2 more flights from Manchester over the weekend. The only bad bit of news is that all flights will now require a tech stop enroute at Heraklion for refuelling.
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Old 13th Oct 2013, 15:04
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Another good way to spend some more of your money...

Kirklees leader on the inaccessibility of Leeds Bradford Airport as study gets underway to assess economic impact of alternative airport - Huddersfield Examiner

I recommend Crosland Moor; that should please the Kirklees councillors
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