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Old 16th Nov 2010, 23:18
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There was a technical problem with a stabilizer on the aircraft, added to this the restrictions on visitbility at LBA meant they decided to go to MAN due to longer runway to be able to slow down and better vis.
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Old 17th Nov 2010, 08:35
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Leeds a/c?

Jamie2k9,

You sound very certain on 2 based a/c at Leeds. Programme on sale still shows 3 aircraft? Is this going to change? Have you any more info?
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Old 18th Nov 2010, 16:38
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I see that Ryanair are dropping the morning FR152/153 Dublin services on a Tuesday and Wednesday from January 2011 due to there latest spat with Dublin Airport. So that now just leaves 11 weekly flights between Leeds and Dublin.

I wonder if anyone might look at competing on the route? Aer Arann/Aer Lingus would be ideal on a once daily basis to start with seen that they have just recently dropped services from both Teeside and Doncaster.
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 08:09
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Jamie2k9 I have been told from a reliable source at LBA to expect the current 3rd aircraft that is based at LBA this winter (spare ac) to stay there next summer. If you know anything different please share? I'm sure we'll all find out more once the big visit is over!
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 11:07
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Hi

Anyone know if there is any truth to rumours that LBA are talking to a couple of airlines regarding the re-instatement of direct flights to London Heathrow.

If they are true surely there are only 2 contenders for the service. bmi or BA
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 15:20
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A LBA to LHR seems unlikely however how is it that Lufthansa has flights throughout Germany to places such as Dresden, Bremen, Muenster, Hanover, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Hof as well as to Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf from Frankfurt. Similar story in Spain with Iberia from Madrid. They are also in competition with rail. Could the UK and BA support flights into Heathrow from Leeds and Liverpool at least which are big cities and could they support a twice daily service. Leipzig has 5, Bremen 6, Freidrichaven 3, Stuttgart 4!! Surely BA services from the provinces into T5 should help long haul. What does BA have... GLA, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast, Newcastle.
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 17:04
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The LBA - LHR link by BA worked well for many years because of good onward connections of course. BA pulled out because they wanted to upgrade from using Viscounts to jets. Leeds city council made sure they would not extend the runway at the time for jets so British Midland took over.
This was also very successful for many years and I seem to remember flights peaked at 5 per day.I am not sure how BMI onward connections compare with BA but I would assume BA could make it work better than BMI these days.
(Leeds City Council continue to try and stifle development at LBA with the new owners struggling to make progress.)
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 17:12
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Airlines will not use slots for domestic routes there are more lucrative opportunities further afield. The days of the BD MAN/LHR are numbered once they find a better use for the slots
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 17:16
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days of the BD MAN/LHR are numbered once they find a better use for the slots

Id agree with that, the LH group can move pax via Germany better than through LHR these days.

Id say LBA-FRA is a better fit than LBA-LHR
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Old 19th Nov 2010, 20:43
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If my memory is correct, BA announced their withdrawal from the LHR route after planning permission had been granted for the extension of the runway, or at any rate whilst they were still operating from the airport. Had BA had the will, they could have continued the service during the construction period by either scraping a few more years out of the Viscounts, or by using jet equipment with restricted loads (EI used B11s and 737s on the old length runway for years).
I did see a comment in 'The Wharfedale' a few weeks ago which said that reinstating the Heathrow route was one of the airport's priorities.
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Old 20th Nov 2010, 07:32
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The rumours regarding LBA-LHR do not appear to be just rumours according to another forum forums4airports.
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Old 23rd Nov 2010, 19:58
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Jet2 to expand at LBIA

Jet2 plans Leeds Bradford expansion

23.11.10
Jet2 is to create 145 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport next year as it expands its services from its home base. The airline will also increase seating capacity on its 11 Leeds Bradford based aircraft to meet growing demand.
The expansion follows a record summer for the airline this year at Leeds Bradford Airport, where it carries more than 50 percent of the airportís passengers. It had a record 1.1 million passengers over the summer, serving 41 destinations, with demand for flights to the Algarve, the Balearic Islands and the Spanish Costas exceeding expectations.
The airline is planning to increase its seat capacity at the airport to 1.8 million next year. Two new routes will also fly from Leeds Bradford in 2011. Weekly flights to Funchal in Madeira will start in February and operate for the remainder of the year, and a new weekly service to Bodrum in Turkey will start in June. Services to the popular Spanish resorts of Malaga, Alicante, and Palma will include double daily flights during the peak summer period. The budget airline has also doubled its Saturday and Sunday flights to Geneva this winter.
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Old 25th Nov 2010, 08:50
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Anyone know why all the Jet2 are late going out this morning?
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Old 25th Nov 2010, 08:57
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Anyone know why all the Jet2 are late going out this morning?
Operating crews stayed up half the night watching the cricket,England messed up in Brisbane?!!

Weather but that is only a guess.
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Old 25th Nov 2010, 20:00
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Heard today someone mention that Thomas Cook are axing there LBA base at the end of the current winter 2010/11 season. Next summerís flight programme for TCX is going to be operated by Astraeus.

Can anyone at TCX confirm if there is any truth to this? Would be a shame to see TCX leave, but a welcome return for AEU..
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Old 28th Nov 2010, 20:13
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I noticed a few days ago on the DSA Wikipedia article that Thomson are looking to heavily scale back their operation there after next summer and introduce more flights from LBA.

Anyone heard anything?
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Old 28th Nov 2010, 21:59
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Heard today someone mention that Thomas Cook are axing there LBA base at the end of the current winter 2010/11 season. Next summerís flight programme for TCX is going to be operated by Astraeus.
I remember a few years back now where I believe Thomas Cook used AEU to operate there flights from LBA. There has been rumour that TCX are wanting to increase their presence in the DSA market and wonder if this is linked. Add to that the rumour yet again of TOM wanting to scale back at DSA and increase presence at LBA see above...
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Old 29th Nov 2010, 08:46
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I noticed a few days ago on the DSA Wikipedia article that Thomson are looking to heavily scale back their operation there after next summer and introduce more flights from LBA.

Yes and we all know how accurate and factually correct wikipedia is.
Was actually speaking to the DSA base amanager the other day. In fact, the opposite is happening.

Instead of 2xB733 and 1xB738, next year will see 2xB738 and 1xB733.
Then in 2012, there are plans to re-introduce a 2 weekly B767-300 to SFB, or once a B787 releases one from another base (whichever comes first).

Yep, mass pull out there
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Old 29th Nov 2010, 09:45
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I was just thinking the same - DSA is one of the few Thomson bases to actually increase in capacity in this coming Summer. I do think the future of our two Yorkshire airports will pan out like this though: LBA will become the main airport for low-cost scheduled and other scheduled flights (KLM/BMI), whereas DSA will become the main holiday/charter airport, with the odd low-cost thrown in (such as Wizz). If the rumours about Thomas Cook are true, then my predictions could be coming true!
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Old 1st Dec 2010, 13:13
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A new Ryanair service to Lanzarote has been announced today.
It will compete against both Jet2 and TCX.
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