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Old 11th May 2012, 16:49
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slot holder alert !! My prediction- 18 months tops
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Old 11th May 2012, 18:15
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Fantastic news, well done LBA! Never thought we'd see BA back again, particularly with no third runway at LHR.

Large catchment area in West/North Yorkshire will find this extremely useful as an alternative to KLM or the trek to MAN, particularly the many 1-stop US connections which will now become available.

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Old 11th May 2012, 18:17
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Maybe true, who knows? But then PIA should have gone twelve months ago shouldn't they, CabinCrewe?

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Old 11th May 2012, 19:04
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Really good news for LBA, I for one will be supporting the route and hopefully it will generate a healthy yield to keep the route going long term.

Not so long ago BMI were operating an A319 on the route with very good loads, and that was without the level of interlining which BA can offer. Access into the one-world alliance from LBA is a great addition to the airport. One very pleased traveller here
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Old 12th May 2012, 10:58
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Thomas Cook revised and cut back their summer programme from the airport quite significantly this year compared to what was originally on offer. Given their need to get their business back on track, I would think that a one aircraft base is probably not an efficient use of their resources, so I wouldn't be surprised to see this go. It may not mean that they will leave altogether. They could be looking at W patterns from elsewhere, or they may be in negotiations with somebody else about sharing an aircraft. Monarch have given a pretty strong hint that they will be announcing some summer routes from Leeds in the next few weeks. Perhaps connected? Or they could be waiting to see if Thomas Cook do pull out, so they could move in and do some cherry picking. Regardless, we have to realise that traditional IT operations are on a slippery slope, and any airport that can hang on to what it has is doing well.
With regards to BA, well done to JP and TH for getting the airport in the frame for this route. BA say themselves that a good feeder network is needed to strengthen their long haul business, and this will be the route's function. Any point to point traffic the route picks up is a bonus. As regards it being a slot warmer, whilst I'm sure the airport management will offer the airline a good deal when it comes to landing fees etc., I think that they will be clever enough to insist on a minimum lifespan for the route to give it chance to prove it's viability. All this talk of 'giving it 12 months' is laughable. If this was the real plan they would simply carry on overkilling the Manchester route. However, the route will go sooner or later if it is not used, so it will be up to the travellers of the region to support it. It has the potential to significantly enhance connectivity to the region from around the world, and this can only be good for business and leisure.

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Old 12th May 2012, 13:30
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LHR-LBA

This is indeed very good news. This service will complement the good train service between the two cities, and as not all travellers are just going between the two city centres, one would expect there to be a fair amount of point to point as well as transfer traffic.

Could it be that this route may have more business potential than the axing of it by BD (LH) suggested and could it be similar with the closure of GLA, INV, JER and MME by BD as well?

Before LH bought it, BD had about 14% of LHR slots, now it has (had?) 8%. Perhaps this had more to do with LH's "re-allocation" of BD's slots than it does with the business potential of the closed down domestic routes?

Are we about to see VS on UK domestic routes (ABZ, EDI)?
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Old 12th May 2012, 17:18
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Lets hope BA don't let Leeds down. They have a habit of cancelling domestic services when things go wrong on the network. Their flights to Manchester have had a bad track record during the winter.
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Old 12th May 2012, 17:46
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Quote: "Lets hope BA don't let Leeds down. They have a habit of cancelling domestic services when things go wrong on the network. Their flights to Manchester have had a bad track record during the winter."

Good point, crewmeal, suspect that has much to do with LHR operating at 99% capacity on a good day and the fact that there is no slack in the system. Under such circumstances, short haul services are usually more vulnerable to cancellation.
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Old 23rd May 2012, 22:04
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Leeds Bradford, Rotterdam and Zagreb are all now listed in BA's country lists reached from the 'Our Network' page. Leeds was not there the other day (though, oddly, has always remained in the booking engine's drop down list since the BD codeshare of a few years ago).
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Old 30th May 2012, 22:15
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Yet more good news as it looks like Jet2 are to add a once weekly service to Split in Croatia from Leeds next summer 2013 season.
Flights are now on sale. The route will be operating on Saturdays commencing from May 18th running until September 28th using Boeing 737-300’s

LS245 = Leeds 14:45 – Split 18:45
LS246 = Split 19:20 – Leeds 21:25
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Old 7th Jun 2012, 20:49
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It seems Jet2 are in expansion mode yet again. As they have today confirmed that a additional 4th Boeing 757-200 aircraft will be based at the airport next summer bringing the based fleet up to 11 aircraft.

Extra flights and capacity been added on routes to: Dalaman, Bodrum, Heraklion, Las Palmas, Ibiza, Mahon, Palma, Faro, Alicante, Malaga and a new route to Split announced.

Jet2holidays Growth at Leeds Bradford Airport
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 15:03
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Lifted from Travel Weekly:

Thomson and First Choice are to expand destinations served from Leeds Bradford airport.
The Tui Travel operators are due to announce a “substantial increase” in holiday choices for customers from the Yorkshire region.
Details of the plans are due to emerge tomorrow morning (Thursday) at a press conference to be held at the airport.
No other information was available ahead of the formal announcement.
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 22:51
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BA LHR 3 daily Airbus operation definitely happening.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 05:11
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Wooohooo! That will be my Carmen bids in for LBA nightstops!! Can't wait to see all my old muckers from Cityhopper!!
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 08:59
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Thomson Airways has announced 4 new destinations out of LBIA, starting Summer 2013 :

Mahon
Ibiza
Tenerife South
Rhodes

plus additional frequencies on existing flights to Majorca and Dalaman.

TOM will also offer holiday flights to Enfidha, Sharm el Sheikh, Paphos and Corfu.

This makes 10 destinations departing from LBIA.

It is still unclear whether these new flights will be operated by TOM or MON.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 11:15
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Good news about all these new flights. However, one aspect of the passenger experience that every airport needs to keep a close eye on is its public transport links.

Yes, many locals will come and go by car; others will taxi. But for non-locals, a reliable and frequent bus and/or train service is important. Newcastle has the Metro trains; Edinburgh has an express bus; Manchester has a station full of buses and trains. After yet another recent debacle at Leeds/Bradford with scores of people waiting for over an hour for buses that didn't turn up and having to share taxis to the station, it really is time for the transport connectivity people in West Yorkshire to sit down and sort things out.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 11:58
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The really anoying thing is that the local authorities sold the airport to Bridgepoint who seem to be doing a good job with attracting services. The authorities seem to have pocketed the money and are not spending it on improving links to the Airport which is expanding well now.Something has to be done to improve the situation and the local authorities need to realise this sooner rather than later!
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 14:43
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Whilst agreeing regarding public transport, I also think personally that the road access leaves something to be desired.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 16:11
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Did LS432 from BUD call at DSA today as it was showing on their arrivals board and arrived 95 mins late?
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:05
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Yes the jet2 service LS432 from Budapest called in to Doncaster for a splash and dash along with Eastern Airways service T34504 from Aberdeen. Ryanair flight FR2327 from Palma diverted to Liverpool for a splash and dash. The reason been due to long holding times as a storm passed over the airfield which also brought with it low cloud and the airfield into LVP's for about an hour or so.

Meanwhile the Jet2, LS252 service from Faro diverted to Manchester due to a medical emergency at the same time.

Hope that helps
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