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Old 3rd May 2010, 10:42
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The planning certificate for the terminal development was granted on December 15th 2009. The airport has therefore had just over 4 months in which to have started work. Had they done so, the initial work would have coincided with the summer season when the airport is around 3 times busier than the winter and the management are trying to embed a new Ryanair operation. Their working assumption is to defer the start of work until the end of this summer season, although nothing is confirmed.

The real delays in this project were caused by a combination of;

- the original terminal designs that were prepared by consultants acting on behalf of the local authorities when the airport was being sold, had to be reworked due to issues with internal passenger flows
- when these issues had been addressed and a planning application was submitted, the planning office in Leeds committed to complete the process in 3 months. The actual time was 12 months

No doubt these were just as frustrating to the airport owners and management team as anybody else.
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Old 4th May 2010, 14:11
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Jet2 are an alround better airline than RYR. Jet2 manage to organise their aircrafts maintenance, they dont get passengers on their aircraft, taxi to the runway, line up then taxi back to the gate. And make rubbish announcements to passengers, that my friends is poor customer service. Well done RYR, you have only been here 3 weeks!
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Old 4th May 2010, 15:14
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Although there are few publicly owned airports left, those councils that need to sell are legally obliged to sell it at what is described as 'best value' for the local ratepayers - and quite right too as they are the 'real owners'.
Whilst value could be defined in a number of qualitative ways, most take the safe view that it means price. Saying that a council 'screws the airport' is a bit irrational.
The private sector is not in the business of municipal pride - it is there to make a profit. Period. Sadly these days that tends to involve ripping off people to park and providing over priced shops rather than putting dots on the route map.
When the private company sells on, it will do so at the best price it can get - it is obliged to its shareholders to do so.
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Old 20th May 2010, 18:26
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Jet2 have this afternoon announced a new route from LBA to Bodrum in Turkey for summer 2011.

Once weekly Boeing 757 service will commence on Thursday, June 23rd 2011.
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 16:35
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ATS changes

In the absence of anything more interesting going on, a few frequency changes are on the cards:

- New "Delivery" service available at peak periods only on 121.8 Mhz

- Approach and Radar frequencies to be 125.575 and 133.125 respectively.
Goodbye to 123.75 and 121.05, after decades !

All to take place sometime in July, subject to CAA approval.
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 17:02
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Reports of a light aircraft off the end of 32
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 17:19
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yer the plane is an cessna citation and the airport is closed my brother works at the airport and say the airport is closed untill 7pm to night
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 18:55
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Hi

BBC Leeds has the following on its website now regarding the aircraft accident this evening up at LBA.

Two rescued as aircraft overshoots Leeds airport runway

Two people have been rescued from a light aircraft after its engine caught fire and it overshot the runway at Leeds Bradford airport.

The Cessna Citation jet came off the runway at about 1750 BST on Monday, the fire service said.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said there had been a fire in one of the plane's engines.

He said crews had helped two people from the jet. Neither are thought to have been seriously injured.

The spokesman said: "We were called out to a Cessna Citation jet which had overshot the runway and the starboard engine was on fire.

"There were two people on board and our airport fire crews got them out."
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 20:23
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Tomorrow, expect to see the Yorkshire Evening Post showing photos of the Tristar overun in the 1980's asking is the runway safe.
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Old 7th Jun 2010, 20:45
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Regarding the frequency changes, I wonder why there is need to change the frequencies. 125.575 just doesn't have the same ring to it as 123.750. Will be interesting to see when "Leeds Delivery" is open.

Regarding 121.050 going to 133.125, I have never even heard this frequency active anyway. Anybody know what it is? I know its a Radar frequency, but is it a backup, or a SRA freq?

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Old 8th Jun 2010, 05:21
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You should have been around in the 60's and 70's when 121.05 was in use daily for radar talkdowns to half-a-mile from touchdown! [Tower was 122.30 in those days].

No ILS at all in the 60's and ILS on Rwy14 [albeit without glide path information] only arrived at LBA in the mid-80's].

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Old 8th Jun 2010, 06:33
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Thanks, I never really knew what this frequency did!

I guess they are just keeping it as a standby frequency now.

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Old 8th Jun 2010, 15:14
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I never saw this plane come past on webcam. I saw the fire crews however and they responded very quickly.

I can understand them closing the airport, but i wouldn't have liked it if my flight would have been diverted.
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Old 9th Jun 2010, 01:16
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Diversions are a pain and LBA does suffer somewhat with them due to weather but I'd rather divert to MME or LPL which is where the only two diversions went I think than land on a runway where a plane is on fire at one end of it and once put out is a place of a formal investigation. Luckily runway incidents like this are few and far between and I think this is one time a diversion should be acceptable whilst the airfield is closed. Safety first, convenience second
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Old 9th Jun 2010, 06:48
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You should have been around in the 60's and 70's when 121.05 was in use daily for radar talkdowns to half-a-mile from touchdown! [Tower was 122.30 in those days].
If memory serves correctly, the 'new' frequencies came into use with the new Tower back in the Sixties. Initially 123.75 was a combined Tower and Approach frequency with Radar on request on 121.05. The separate Tower frequency of 120.3 was allocated but not used until a bit later.
In the old Tower, TWR/APP was 122.3 and Radar was 130.2
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Old 10th Jun 2010, 18:52
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Leofric, I do believe that your memory serves you well!
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Old 11th Jun 2010, 07:14
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Jet2 to Madeira

New route to commence from LBA with Jet2 is Funchal. Commences Feb 14th, operating until November. A much needed and long awaited destination from LBA.
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What are Multiflight using the B.733 they've leased for?
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 00:20
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The new frequencies are now operational, just heard two voices, either controllers or engineers on both 125.575 and 133.125, something along the lines of "Leeds Approach, 12345, 54321" and reading back there readability.

Will be interesting to see when Leeds Delivery is open!

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Old 6th Jul 2010, 07:17
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Ryanair Route Expansion

Report on BBC 'Look North' that Ryanair will increase their presence at LBA with details given at a press conference later this morning.

Nothing showing on the Ryanair web site drop down menus to give us a clue, so the speculation begins!

Canaries ??

Ski ??

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