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Old 15th Feb 2014, 10:04
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Airport expansion

If the airport are not making a profit now how can they possibly hope to make a profit in the future without any investment, to increase revenue they need more aircraft to fly into LBA, they cannot cope with the aircraft based at the airport now, not enough aircraft stands to park aircraft, maybe they should address this problem first.
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Old 15th Feb 2014, 16:15
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We had 25 night stoppers last night so all stands and other bits of the apron used for parking so I could not agree more.
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Old 15th Feb 2014, 21:07
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Theres a stand available tonight. The PIA has diverted to MAN for a change. This time though the go around was on 32 and a Jet2 landed shortly afterwards. Wind at the time was 270/22G33 on the METAR. Very strange one approach then direct to MAN. The pax must be getting fed up of ending up at MAN or LHR when every other flight seems to be landing ok.
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 10:08
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A300BOY - I agree but do you know of any practical plans to increase apron area? From what I can see they may be limited to building a 'ramp' over the top of the long stay car park (beyond the remote area where the 75s seem to live) or is there space on the westerly side that would not involve evicting Multi Flight? This would, of course, involve all the hassles of getting round/across/under the runway!
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Old 16th Feb 2014, 13:21
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The obvious first step would be to concrete the grass areas between the access points to the main apron at B-C-D3 and N4 so it might be possible to park some extra aircraft nose away from the terminal right up to the edge of the old runway 28 and have the taxiway down the center. Might create a problem using the stands in LVP conditions. Then you could close the long stay car park and build up the land and extend the apron eastward. This would mean a multi story car park behind the terminal to replace the long stay car park.
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Old 10th Apr 2014, 09:04
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PIA's last Airbus A310 flight between Leeds and Islamabad will be on 14th May as flights are no longer bookable after this date.
So it looking like the long awaited expected pullout is finally here!
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Old 10th Apr 2014, 13:43
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So much for LBAs first 777 then.All PIA hot air to get around their constant noise breaches because of their late arrival/departures. I wonder if anyone will take up the route otherwise the local Pakistani community will have to get used to the trogging over t big hill again.
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Old 10th Apr 2014, 16:44
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Well makes you wonder what the Bradford Travel agent will have to say. I suppose he could always give Shaheen a recall....
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Old 10th Apr 2014, 18:32
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Would have thought the A330 - 300 might be a bit big. Never really thought PIA were serious about the 777 on our runway anyway.
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Old 11th Apr 2014, 17:22
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)Just had a look at Air Blue. Guess they aren't an option either as their fleet now only consists of A320s. Looks like we will have to entice EK in to do DXB with onwards to ISB/LHE.
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Old 12th Apr 2014, 08:16
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PIA Pull-out

Are we sure about this? I've looked at PIA's web site and it appears that you can book LBA-Islamabad flights up to and inluding December. Or am I missing something?
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Old 12th Apr 2014, 09:08
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You can only book until 14th May.
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Old 12th Apr 2014, 10:45
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PIA Pull out

Yes, unfortunately it looks as though I was missing something.

Telegraph & Argus report today:-

Airline may quit Leeds Bradford (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Old 13th Apr 2014, 22:20
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Don't worry folks it seems PIA are putting extra flights on from Manchester going daily with 777s.
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Old 15th Apr 2014, 08:28
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Well that will make all the Lbia supporters , myself included, very happy.
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Old 15th Apr 2014, 21:01
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How about Jet2 buy up EK's 3 777 200's (non-ER) fitted with 350-ish seats and start LBA/MAN/EMA/GLA-ISB/LHE/KHI?

Would make a nice machine for the chav express down to PMI/TFS/ALC too.
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Unhappy

EK777WNCL I hope that was tongue in cheek. Many at LBIA are rather annoyed at the way PIA are treating their loyal passengers over the last few years. They would probably have never come to LBA in the first place had Shaheen not started the route and PIA found its loads fall significantly from MAN on the days the rotations were going from LBA. Jet2 could possibly do the route with a 757 but I doubt they would get approval from the Pakistan end. It seems you have to be Pakistani to operate into Pakistan from the UK. Do BA fly to Pakistan from LHR? We can only hope someone will fill the gap but sadly I doubt it so LBA will loose it's only regular long haul flight.
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Old 15th Apr 2014, 22:32
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How about Jet2 buy up EK's 3 777 200's (non-ER) fitted with 350-ish seats
If Jet2 could not add the B767's to their fleet, there is not a chance in heaven that they will purchase B777's.
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Old 15th Apr 2014, 22:46
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Yeah don't worry well and truly tongue in cheek, they'd never get in. The sad thing is they could probably make it work from the UK end at least (which is where I gather most of the passengers come from).

Shaheen could do it but would they get a fully loaded A330 300 off the runway at LBA?
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Old 16th Apr 2014, 06:04
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I believe Jet 2 have a decent reputation with the local Pakistani community thanks to their Hajj flights to Saudi in the last few years.
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