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Old 21st Oct 2011, 15:22
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If you travel in school holidays you are going to struggle to finds seats whichever airport you fly from. I have flown from LBA 3 times this year at various times of the day (not school holidays) and always been able to find a seat.
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Old 21st Oct 2011, 16:03
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LBA saw yet another creditable 4.3% increase in passenger numbers for the month of September 2011. A total of 328,380 passengers passed through the terminal.

The total year rolling figure now stands at 2,954,941 which now means that LBA is only 45,059 away from hitting the 3 million passenger mark for the first time in its 80 years of operation.

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On another note

It is also worth pointing out that the airport celebrated it's 80th Anniversary this week and saw a few flypast's take place on Monday of 2x Belgium F16's, and RAF Tucano, Tornado GR4 and VC-10.
Yesterday afternoon also saw the Battle of Britain Memorial flight Lancaster-Bomber and a RAF Eurofighter-Typhoon F.2 make a visit.
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Old 23rd Oct 2011, 21:14
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The rumour rises again re:P.I.A

23.10.11
Jumbo jets could soon be a regular sight at Leeds Bradford Airport if plans to introduce a Boeing 777 by Pakistan International Airlines get the go ahead, the Telegraph & Argus reports PIA has confirmed that it is planning to introduce the plane on its twice-weekly run to Islamabad and did not rule out expansion plans in the future.
The 777 is the world’s largest twin-engine aircraft and has twice the passenger capacity of any of the aircraft operating from the Yeadon airport. The wide-body ‘jumbo’ can carry 440 passengers. The largest aircraft that operates out of Leeds Bradford, the Airbus A310, can only take up to 220 passengers.
The Airbus A310 also pales in comparison in its dimensions with a wingspan of 44 metres and an overall length of 47 metres compared to the 777’s 61 metres and 64 metres. Originally, the introduction had been planned for September but this has been put back until the summer schedule in April.
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Old 23rd Oct 2011, 21:46
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A310 with 220 passengers? The Jet2.com 757 can carry up to 235 pax!
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Old 24th Oct 2011, 07:56
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probably with the same seat pitch the A310 could carry 700?
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Old 2nd Nov 2011, 14:16
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Jet2 have just announced a new 3x weekly route from Leeds/Bradford to the brand new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport

Flights will commence from 1st June 2012 and operate on Tuesday, Friday & Sundays
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Old 2nd Nov 2011, 14:27
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And it looks like there could be further good news for new routes as well within the next 24 hours.

As I here Michael O'Leary is booked on the early FR152 service from Dublin tomorrow morning and will then be holding a press conference at the airport regarding further ryanair expansion for summer 2012.
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Old 3rd Nov 2011, 09:11
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The new Berlin airport opens 3rd June. The 1st flight will end in SXF.
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Old 3rd Nov 2011, 10:56
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Ryanair have just announced that they will be basing a 3rd aircraft at LBA from next summer 2012.

6 new routes have also just been announced to Chania (Crete), Corfu, Dinard, Kos, Milan (Bergamo) and Tenerife and extend its popular Kaunas and Riga routes to its summer 2012 schedule.
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Old 3rd Nov 2011, 17:19
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Looks like they are going head to head with thomson and thomas cook on these routes! fantastic news though
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Old 3rd Nov 2011, 19:44
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TCX don't fly to Chania, Dinard, Milan, Kaunas or Riga.
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yes but
thomson-tenerife & corfu
TCX- crete, ryanair replaced the kos service
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Old 3rd Nov 2011, 22:59
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Ryanair have just announced that they will be basing a 3rd aircraft at LBA from next summer 2012.

6 new routes have also just been announced to Chania (Crete), Corfu, Dinard, Kos, Milan (Bergamo) and Tenerife and extend its popular Kaunas and Riga routes to its summer 2012 schedule.
Planned to be:
Chania - 1 weekly
Corfu - 1 weekly
Dinard - 2 weekly
Kos - 1 weekly
Milan-BGY - 2 weekly
Tenerife - 2 weekly
Riga - 2 weekly
Kaunas - 2 weekly
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Old 4th Nov 2011, 13:26
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A B777 in at Leeds, what kind of glue do the Telegraph & Argus staff sniff ? The smallest triple seven needs at MTOW needs at least 2500m of runway. So for the guys at the T & A keep on sniffing
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Old 4th Nov 2011, 16:13
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We have been here before with this discussion. The 7 hr flight from Leeds to Islamabad is not at the aircrafts maximum range or max take off weight, therefore it can operate.
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Old 8th Nov 2011, 11:05
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bmi regional have applied for a 3x daily ERJ145, Leeds/Bradford - Frankfurt service commencing from March 26th 2012.

I understand the slots were applied before the sale of the bmi group was announced. I just wonder if Lufthansa might pick up the slots themselves now?
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Old 9th Nov 2011, 14:34
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Given bmi are now doing FRA from EMA I would be surprised if a flight fr LBA woldn't have a detrimental effect. Now FRA have a 4th runway and thus more capacity I am surprised Jet2 are not interested in adding FRA given the DUS seems to do ok.
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Old 10th Nov 2011, 12:44
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Well according to the slot co-ordination for next summer 2012 season its looking like Thomas Cook are upgrading there LBA based operation from the current Airbus A320 to a Boeing 757-200.
But what is baffling is that Monarch have also filed for the same flying pattern and times as the Thomas Cook using a B757-200 as well.

So are Monarch going to be leased in to do Thomas Cook's charter flying from LBA next summer instead of been operated by there own based crews?
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Old 10th Nov 2011, 13:00
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So are Monarch going to be leased in to do Thomas Cook's charter flying from LBA next summer instead of been operated by there own based crews?
There were rumours of this on another thread in the forum, that the MON 757s could be operating on behalf of Thomas Cook for next summer. I think most people just presumed it would be from GLA/NCL/MAN and never thought of LBA.
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Old 19th Nov 2011, 10:25
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60 minutes free parking

Just noticed on the airport website,that you can park free for 60 minutes in the long term carparks,for picking up and drop off of passengers.

Is this a new scheme,can't say I have noticed it before.The terminal front drop off remains £2 for 15 mins or £5 for 30 mins.

Anybody know if work has started on the interim terminal improvements yet?
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